"Thanks so much for the spectacular presentation at the Philadelphia fundraising event. Your message was terrific. As I mentioned, I have heard hundreds of these during the past 28 years, and yours was amongst the very best! Your message about stigma, 'putting a face on recovery,' the positive impact on society with recovery, and the plug for Breakthrough were all done with a great deal of grace and class. I am so delighted that you have joined the New York Advisory Board. You have so much to offer, as we continue to further the mission of helping individuals and families impacted by the deadly disease of addiction." - Douglas Tieman, President/CEO, Caron Foundation
You Have to Surrender to Win: Climbing Your Way Out of Rock Bottom
From the heights of TV news stardom to the depths of despair in her darkest periods of alcoholism, Laurie Dhue shares her courageous story of getting--and staying—clean and sober. In this inspirational speech, Dhue offers insight into her battle with a nearly 20-year addiction and how she finally surrendered to the process of recovery from a disease that would have eventually killed her. Through her brave and passionate story, Laurie shows audiences that through failure and fear comes humility—and eventually triumph. Watch a clip from this powerful presentation...
Addiction as a Modern Health Crisis
Every 14 seconds, someone dies from one of the biggest healthcare issues in this country: addiction. This disease costs America half a trillion dollars a year in lost wages, lost productivity, hospitalization, institutionalization and incarceration, not to mention liver failure, heart disease and cancer. Addiction doesn't discriminate: it touches every American family in one way or another. In this speech, veteran broadcast journalist and recovering alcoholic Laurie Dhue reveals how drug and alcohol abuse is ravaging this country, and provides insight into what can, and should be done to battle this epidemic.
LAURIE DHUE is a Certified Recovery Specialist providing resources and support for individuals and families dealing with the disease of addiction.
One of the nation’s leading recovery advocates, Dhue is in long-term recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. She has worked closely with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) and the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Dhue has spoken on behalf of many national recovery organizations including the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Caron Foundation. She travels coast-to-coast giving speeches, emceeing events and moderating panel discussions, as well as offering commentary in national and international media.
Dhue has had the distinct honor or speaking at the White House in 2014 and 2017 on behalf of ONDCP. She was also a featured speaker at the inaugural UNITE to Face Addiction national rally in Washington, DC in 2015. Dhue appeared in the award-winning 2013 documentary “The Anonymous People” and the 2017 documentary “Reversing the Stigma”, produced in conjunction with OASAS (New York State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse).
Prior to her work in the recovery field, Dhue enjoyed a distinguished career as an award-winning national news anchor who hosted shows on all three major cable news networks: CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel. She most recently served as lead news anchor for The Blaze TV. Her 25 years in news has included interviews with numerous world leaders, politicians, entertainers and prominent newsmakers as well as extensive reporting from the Middle East during the War on Terror.
A resident of Los Angeles, Dhue is a board member of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP) and Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR). She is also a Strategic Advisor to She Recovers, a national women’s recovery advocacy group.
Dhue is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a letter-winning member of the women’s varsity swim team and an academic All-American.