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Anna David
Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011) and By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013). She’s appeared on the Today Show, The Talk, Dr. Drew, Hannity, Red Eye, Attack of the Show, Showbiz Tonight, and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E, written for The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Playboy, and Details, among others. She recently launched AfterPartyChat, a website dedicated to addiction and recovery. Click here for more info on Anna David.

Entries by Anna David

Becoming the Person I Drank to Be

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:27 PM

When I was 12 years old, my family went on a cruise where I met and became fast friends with a 13-year-old girl. Let's call her Jane.

Jane was effortlessly cool. She drew in both kids and adults. And when I heard my mom call her fearless, I decided I...

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Your Chewing Drives Me Insane But It's Not My Fault: I Have Misophonia!

(5) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 6:40 PM

For as long as I can remember, certain sounds people make have caused me rage. The word rage isn't any sort of hyperbole, either--I have felt compelled to rush up to obnoxious gum chewers, slurpers and whistlers (not to mention loud talkers, hummers, bag crinklers and those who play the...

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Remembering Blackouts: An Interview With Sarah Hepola: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 5:36 PM

There's been a glut of addiction memoirs released of late but none have made quite the impact of Sarah Hepola's masterpiece, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget. And there's good reason for it: the Salon editor and journalist (The New York Times, The New Republic, The...

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So I'm Addicted to Exercise. Who Cares?

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 9:29 AM

I've long insisted that I don't have an eating disorder, a claim that has always made me gleam with pride. It's the same way I will explain to people that I've never had a panic attack with near giddiness. I get that not having experienced these things shouldn't be a...

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AA Saved My Life (And I Get Why You Hate It)

(62) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 3:27 PM

The absolute last place I wanted to end up was in Alcoholics Anonymous. It was, I knew, a place for the dregs of society -- chain-smokers who drank black coffee and pined for the good old days when they could drink. I chain smoked and pounded coffee at the time,...

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How I Got Sober

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:04 AM

The absolute last thing I wanted to be was sober. I knew it meant the end of fun, and since I thought happiness meant flinging yourself from one fun experience to the next, I considered that the end of life. Yet the crazy part of my staunch belief that sobriety...

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3 Ineffective Ways I Tried to Manage and Enjoy My Drug Use

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:12 AM

As an active addict, I was an amazing storyteller. "I don't have a problem" was one story I liked a lot. Another related one: "It's all under control." A third and more specific variation: "Coke is not interfering with my life." There are many more stories I told that usually...

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Congrats on Quitting Sugar, Now Let Me Act Out on My Addiction in Peace

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 10:42 AM

I do not have sugar sobriety.

I didn't, in fact, realize that people talked about giving up sugar in this way until I got sober (from drugs and alcohol, I guess I need to clarify here). Yes, I've been all too aware of the fact that sugar is addictive. I've...

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I'm the Weirdest Codependent in the World

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Over the past few weeks, I've listened to a trainer pontificate on adoption, a tarot card reader lecture about treating bacterial infections and a gynecologist go off about brain scans. In all three cases, I took what the person was saying as utter gospel. They each spoke with tremendous self-confidence...

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Early Sobriety Holiday Joy? Oy

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:57 AM

I'm not going to lie: The holiday season in early sobriety was hard. But is this news? I mean, I've heard it said that alcoholism is a three-fold disease: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.

I should make it clear up front that I am not a winter person. I am...

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4 Misconceptions Non-Sober People Have

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:32 PM

If you've been in recovery a while, you get pretty used to the fact that non-sober people seem to come to a lot of conclusions about "what sober people are like." And, bless their concerned hearts, many of these conclusions are woefully inaccurate. I've gathered a few of the more...

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On Amanda Bynes' DUI

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Oh, Amanda Bynes -- not the girl you want to read was arrested for a DUI over the weekend. But alas this past Sunday at the witching hour (3 a.m., to a lot of us), the 28-year-old former child star was indeed taken in and determined to be on something,...

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How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:57 PM

On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong?

Unfortunately, quite a lot. This shouldn't be surprising to those who understand that no matter the provisions, insurance companies...

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Can't We Learn From the Death of Robin Williams?

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:49 PM

We are in the wake of the death of Robin Williams. Whenever a celebrity -- particularly one with a long, storied career, one who's beloved by multiple generations for a myriad of roles -- dies in a way related to addiction, the headlines pour in. Tributes. Facebook posts with heartfelt...

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I Dated an AA Newcomer

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:01 PM

"I'm hot and you're hot," the message read. "Plus I'm sober and you're sober."

This was a missive that appeared in my MySpace message box back when referencing MySpace didn't make you feel old. And look, I knew it was an incredibly douche-y introduction. But, my friends, you did not...

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4 Underrated Drug Movies

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:15 PM


Oh, Go -- you are, to me, a true 90s masterpiece ("Semi Charmed Life" on the soundtrack! Jokes about Mazda Miata's!). Directed by a post-Swingers, pre-Bourne Doug Lyman, Go can make any victim of the Comic Book movie 2000s long for the days when indie movies were prevalent. I...

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The Girl On The Bad Trip Brought Me Back

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Look, I know it's hardly a major revelation that people -- particularly kids -- do drugs and drink at concerts. I've even written about people who have died as a result of taking MDMA at live shows. But after seeing Jay Z and Beyonce at the Rose Bowl over the...

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5 Types of Men Not to Date When You're New (or Old) in Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:03 PM

I know, I know. We're not supposed to date at all in the first year. Some people who are perhaps more sane than I was actually follow this suggestion. I did not. And in the process, I learned at least one of the reasons why this is a suggestion: your...

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5 Words I Found Myself Using in Weird Ways in Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Words take on certain new meanings when you get sober -- or at least I should say some words. Yes, you learn new ones -- those types of things you're never going to find in the Oxford English Dictionary or outside of recovery circles probably -- like normie, sponsee and...

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I'm Addicted to the Internet -- So What?

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:54 PM

I'm writing this while 30,000 feet in the air on my way to a gorgeous island. And yet all I can think about is one thing:

This plane does not offer Wi-Fi.

Not for any good reason, either; I'm flying to Hawaii, where plenty of Wi-Fi-equipped planes do fly. They...

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