On tonight's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn sat down with veteran broadcast journalist Laurie Dhue to talk about her decades long struggle with alcoholism and her ongoing recovery. Laurie began working with TheBlaze in March as the host of For The Record and she recently joined the team full time. You will begin to see a lot more of Laurie on TheBlaze TV and TheBlaze Radio as she anchors real-time news updates, in addition to hosting For The Record.
You may know Laurie as a news anchor and journalist, but Glenn decided it was time for the audience to get to know the real Laurie. In order for you to trust her reporting, you must trust her and her judgement. Glenn explained that a person who has gone through treatment for addiction and made the vow to stay sober no longer has anything to fear, and that is one of the reasons he believes Laurie will be an excellent addition to TheBlaze. Tonight, Laurie candidly opened up about her struggle with addiction and how she turned her life around.
To start, Glenn asked Laurie to explain her past. Laurie attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and was a member of the varsity swim team, and it was during this time that she began to drink. Her motto became "work hard, play hard." And that mantra would haunt her for years to come. Laurie shares that struggle in the clip below:
Glenn candidly explained his own 'rock bottom', which occurred when he could no longer remember the bedtime stories he was telling his young children. For Laurie, rock bottom came through a series of embarrassing moments – from getting into a drunken fight with her father to making a “blackout phone call” to a man she was dating at the time. But it was when she found out her sister was pregnant that she decided it was time to turn her life around. Laurie explains her road to recovery below:
"Getting sober is the greatest decision I ever made in my life. It was the best thing I ever did for myself, for my family, and for the community at large," Laurie concluded. "I got sober when I was 38-years-old. I don't live with regrets, except I wish I had gotten sober a little bit sooner."