“Surviving and Thriving in an Addictive Society” - Anna David

“Surviving and Thriving in an Addictive Society” - Anna David

 New York City, New York, USA
BandComedy

Writer and television personality Anna David takes her own personal experience as an addict who's been sober nearly a decade -- and breaks alcoholism, addiction and recovery into simple and relatable concepts.

Biography

Addiction may be constantly in the news -- and recovery from it is documented on a series of television shows -- but very little about how to really cope with and get over these issues is really known. Writer and television personality Anna David takes the information she's gleaned from articles and books she's written about the topic -- but primarily from her own personal experience as an addict who's been sober nearly a decade -- and breaks alcoholism, addiction and recovery into simple and relatable concepts. SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN AN ADDICTIVE SOCIETY will appeal to those suffering with full-blown or burgeoning addictions, those in romantic or family relationships with addicts, or anyone who wants to learn how to better cope with a society that's always gunning for more, more, more. The program she's developed is designed to help college students catch their burgeoning addictions before they truly take hold as well as give general life lessons on how to cope in a society that in many ways sets its members up to think addictively.

An addict who's been sober for over nine years, Anna David has used her writing and television career to help spread awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. Dr. Drew Pinsky declared her first novel, Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007), "the most accurate portrayal of the experience of addiction and nuances of recovery I've come across." Her second novel, Bought (HarperCollins, 2009) -- a fictionalized version of an investigative feature she penned for Details magazine on high-class prostitution in Hollywood -- explored how chemical dependency fuels the lifestyles of those who sell their bodies to get what they think they want.

Anna was the first journalist to bust the myth that crystal meth was just for truckers and gay men when she wrote about the studio executives who used it with abandon in a 2004 issue of Details (causing Liz Smith to note that she was "carving out a niche uncovering the seedy side of deluxe living"). She's also explored prescription pill addiction for Razor magazine and analyzed the part alcohol plays in dating for sites like msn.com and wetv.com.

A regular TV guest, Anna has discussed addiction on The Today Show, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, and a variety of Fox News programs, including Hannity & Colmes, Red Eye, The Live Desk, and The Big Story. She's spoken to many audiences about her own experiences with drugs, alcohol and recovery, prompting praise for her "delivery, language, presentation, optimism, transcendence, positive energy, and youthful candor."

TELEVISION:
Attack of the Show/G4 Network, 2005-2009 (dating expert)
The Today Show
CNN's Showbiz Tonight
CBS Morning Show
Fox News' Red Eye
The Big Story, The Live Desk
Fox & Friends
Ask Dr. Manny Show and The Strategy Room

PUBLISHED BOOKS:
Party Girl (2007) Harper Collins
Bought (2009) Harper Collins
Reality Matters (2010) Harper Collins
What I Say I Want (2011) Harper Collins

ALSO PUBLISHED IN:
The New York Times
The L.A. Times
Playboy
Cosmo
Redbook
Details
Vanity Fair
Teen Vogue
People
Us Weekly
The New York Post
Angeleno
L.A. Confidential
Variety
Premiere
Maxim
TV Guide
Movieline
Women's Health

ACTING CREDITS:
I Love Your Work, 2003 movie starring Christina Ricci and Vince Vaughn

SPOKESPERSON:
Axe Body Spray, Date.com, 2005-2009
Date.com 2005

RADIO:
Sex Files on Maxim Radio/Sirius, 2008-2009