"From the outside I had it all: my own show on the #1 cable news network, a nice salary, an apartment on Central Park, beautiful clothes in my closet, the ability to take luxury vacations, family and friends who loved me... but on the inside, I was dying a little every day. Alcohol had become my life. It was my best friend and my greatest enemy... it gave me everything and nothing. In living a double life, I was keeping an enormous secret from those closest to me, one that nearly killed me. I truly believe if I hadn't experienced that moment of grace, when I realized that my life was a lie and I needed to quit drinking, I wouldn't be alive today. I consider the acts of getting, staying and living sober the greatest achievements of my 46-year life. While my addiction may have been a liability, my recovery is an asset.” -- Laurie Dhue
You may not know Laurie Dhue’s name, but you definitely know her story. It’s a story that’s found in thousands of homes across Kentuckiana. She is an addict… an alcoholic who became an advocate for recovery after her own anonymity was broken by a fellow reporter.
Dhue’s visit to Louisville to speak at the Celebrate Freedom Dinner is part of her mission to educate the public about addiction while helping those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs get the assistance that they need. In addition to Dhue, clients will share their stories in the powerful “Collage of Voices”. There will be a live auction as well, with all proceeds benefiting the program which has changed thousands of lives since 1989.
Laurie Dhue is the only anchor to have hosted shows on the three primary cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. In her 23-year news career, Dhue has interviewed international leaders, politicians, celebrities, and newsmakers. She is now the lead news anchor at TheBlaze and hosts the investigative program “For the Record”.
Her role as an advocate for recovery began four years ago. In 2011, she spoke at a private prayer dinner about the role faith played in her life. Since the dinner was supposed to be private, she talked about faith and her battle with alcoholism… but a reporter in the room decided to tell Dhue’s story for her. Dhue now calls that a blessing because she gets to travel the country helping those in recovery and helping others understand addiction.
When asked why it’s important to tell her story, Dhue says “For the last several years, I've been very outspoken about my battle with addiction and journey through recovery because I believe that the longer we stay silent, the more people will die. Addiction is a disease that affects tens of millions of Americans and yet because of the stigma and shame still associated with it -- it gets far less attention than breast cancer, HIV, or diabetes. I believe that by sharing my story I am helping to create an environment of help and hope which will allows more people to come forward and admit they have a problem and that they need help. We're not ‘bad’ people trying to get ‘good’, we are sick people trying to get well. I want everyone to know that while addiction CAN lead to very bad things -- jails, institutions, death, destruction -- recovery CAN and DOES work... and it's a lot of fun! I'm living proof.”
Posted on February 10, 2015
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