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Talk Addiction: The Social Media Experiment|Mary Beth O'Connor

Mary Beth's Story

Mary Beth's journey through childhood abuse and other traumatic experiences eventually led her down the path of substance use disorder. Starting with alcohol at the tender age of 12, she spiraled into years of drug abuse, eventually discovering methamphetamine at 16 and progressing to injection at 17. Mary Beth grappled with meth addiction until she reached the age of 32.

Through a personalized, non-faith-based recovery plan, Mary Beth amalgamated insights from various sources, ultimately achieving sobriety in 1994. This approach also helped her address the trauma and its associated anxiety.

Now, as a distinguished board member for both LifeRing Secular Recovery and the She Recovers Foundation, Mary Beth advocates for diverse routes to recovery, while also shedding light on a multitude of subjects related to substance use disorder and rehabilitation. Her scope of advocacy extends to issues like sexual abuse, rape, childhood maltreatment, domestic violence, PTSD, anxiety, and the process of recovery from these experiences.

Mary Beth's acclaimed memoir, "From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction," is accessible on various platforms including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bamm, Indie Bound, and local bookstores. Additionally, her thought-provoking essays have been featured in esteemed publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Recovery Today.

In her professional journey, six years into recovery, Mary Beth embarked on her legal education at Berkeley Law. She went on to work at a prominent Silicon Valley firm before engaging in the litigation of class actions for the federal government. In 2014, she was appointed as a federal Administrative Law Judge, a role she held until her retirement in 2020.

Talk Addiction: The Social Media Experiment| Mary Beth O'Connor

Podcast Episode: A Conversation with Mary Beth

We were honored to have Mary Beth, a retired federal judge and an incredibly insightful and intelligent individual, as a guest on our podcast. In this episode, we touched on some crucial topics within the addiction recovery field.

Meeting Mary Beth

Mary Beth's remarkable journey from a challenging past to her distinguished career as a federal judge is truly inspiring. Her experiences and expertise in the field of addiction recovery bring a unique perspective to our conversation.

Insights on Addiction Recovery

Mary Beth shared invaluable insights on addiction recovery, drawing from her personal experiences and professional background. Her approach to recovery, which incorporates a secular and individualized plan, has made a significant impact on many lives.

A Voice of Wisdom

Mary Beth's intelligence and compassion shine through as she addresses complex issues surrounding addiction, trauma, and recovery. Her advocacy for multiple paths to recovery and her dedication to helping others is truly commendable.

Listen to the Episode

If you're interested in gaining a deeper understanding of addiction recovery and hearing from a true expert in the field, be sure to listen to this episode. Mary Beth's wisdom and experience make for a powerful and enlightening conversation.

You can find this episode on our podcast platform or by visiting our YouTube.

Thank you, Mary Beth, for sharing your knowledge and insights with us!

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