Former CNN, MSNBC and Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue has taken another step in embracing her role as a champion of addiction recovery by joining Renew Media as Editor at Large for Renew Magazine and RenewEveryDay.com. Renew is the only national consumer magazine focused solely on the recovery community, a population representing more than 23 million Americans.
As Editor at Large, Dhue will develop feature articles, interviews and video blogs focusing on high-profile recovery advocates and the ways politics, public policy and media impact such recovery-related issues as parity, access to treatment, recovery education, drug policy, employment and criminal justice. Dhue also will serve on Renew’s editorial advisory board, which determines the publication’s editorial direction.
“I had the pleasure of interviewing Laurie for a profile in Renew, and right away I knew we were kindred spirits in our passion for advancing the cause of recovery,” says Renew Editorial Director Steven Diogo. “Laurie is a perfect example of someone who has embraced her recovery and continually finds ways to channel her energy and her celebrity to help others. Her impeccable history as a journalist, her knowledge and her access inside the halls of power will help us provide the best information and advocacy for the Renew community.”
Dhue has been in continuous recovery from alcoholism since early 2007. She knows the power of celebrity in the fight against addiction and is dedicated to speaking out against the stigma and shame that often keeps addicts from getting the help they need. This week, Dhue is on the scene for Renew at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where she spoke at the Recovery Caucus meeting alongside Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
“I am so grateful to be a part of this process,” Dhue said from Charlotte. “This is the most recovery-friendly convention in history —it was heartening to speak in such a supportive environment. The Democratic Party has recognized that recovery and mental health are priorities and has made them part of the 2012 platform. Addiction is arguably the biggest health care issue in the country, costing us hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Every time we have an opportunity to address the cause on a national level, we are breaking stereotypes and showing the authentic face of recovery.”
Dhue has publicly and proudly championed recovery issues since her anonymity was broken in early 2011. Dhue recognized that she could help more people by speaking out than by staying silent and quickly embraced the role of advocate. She has become one of the country’s leading faces and voices of recovery, supporting the Wellstone Parity Law, increased access to treatment and expanded support for families and the 11 million children living with a chemically dependent parent.
Dhue is a media advisor and spokesperson for Hazelden, a member of the Caron Foundation’s New York Advisory Board and a board member of the National Youth Recovery Foundation. Her schedule is filled with speaking engagements in which she strives to educate the public on the nature of addiction and reality of recovery.