Just because a girl gets sober doesn’t mean that girl doesn’t love a party.
Apologies for the double negative there; I’m in post-party mode—which, by the way, means something a whole lot different today than it did in the old days.
Essentially, I’m still in the afterglow of the ridiculously lovely fete Brad Lamm and Mackenzie Phillips of Breathe Life Healing Centers threw in honor of my new job here. It happened at Church Key on Sunset in West Hollywood, which means that we got to celebrate in the way sober folks most enjoy—with fried mac and cheese, popcorn doused in brown butter and chives, crispy pork belly, and donuts with brown butter glaze, to name a few of the indulgences. (In case you don’t know, donuts, to people like us, are essentially a drug.)
It’s not every day that you get to see treatment center owners mingling with one another but we had Howard Samuels from The Hills, Kimberly James and Charlie Bentz from Malibu Beach House and Melissa Goodmon from Casa Capri mixing with Brad and Mack. Other recovery luminaries included Dr. Drew Pinsky and his amazing wife Susan, Facing Addiction’s Ryan Hampton, Ted Collins from the Mober recovery app, psychiatrist Dr. Josh Lichtman and Chris Howard from Ethos Sober Living—not to mention Breathe’s Deb Hughes, Kristen Johnson, Brandon Kneefel and Emily Roy. Did I mention that Zan Eisley from Hightower Associates and Nancy Hovey from Alkermes were also there?
For me, it was a touching and glorious launch into this new adventure for me. And thanks to Brad, we had an emoji of me made into Pee Wee Herman to symbolize that. In short, while I may not be still consuming any of those brown butter donuts (alas), the sweetness of the event will linger for a long time.
You can check out some more photos from the event on the InRecovery Facebook page.
Drew, take us out!