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Life at 50 with Amy Dresner




Turning fifty never looked so good. In episode 105 of the To 50 and Beyond podcast, I talk with Amy Dresner, author of the book, My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, about what life is like after recently turning the big 5-0! 


Amy is very candid about how she feels about aging and ageism, and the changes she is facing in midlife (she doesn't care for that word) and what she is doing today in her life and career. 


Amy feels like she isn't where she thinks she should be in life and talk about her financial worries, which is something we can all relate to in the middle.


Amy spent 25 years in addiction and opens up about what it is really like getting sober in her forties and how she works on her recovery today. 


As a former comedian, Amy will make you laugh as she talks about not so funny topics such as aging, dating, and dating apps. As a recovering sex addict, Amy sheds light on what it is like...

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I Was a Mom Who Drank Too Much

recovery Apr 26, 2019

I quit drinking at forty-five; my son was twelve. One of the biggest regrets I hold onto today is the fact that I drank around him for so long. Every holiday, every birthday, every social situation revolved around drinking way too much.


My son, Spencer is going to be eighteen next month and leaving for College in the Fall. I'm vacillating between the gratitude that I have for my sobriety and the sadness I feel because of all of the time that I wasted in his younger years.


It is a bittersweet time.


I gave birth the day before Mother's Day in 2001. Up until this day, I had seven months of sobriety and thought long and hard about giving it up for good. After all, I had drunk since I was fourteen, that was a long time. Ha!


Quitting didn't happen in 2001; it took twelve more years of consuming way too much alcohol as a mom before I decided to give sobriety a chance.


On Mother's Day in 2001, I came home, and the champagne started flowing.  I...

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