Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lipstick and Liquor (The Documentary)

Hope you all are having a motivated day!

I am so excited for Emmy award-winning producer, writer and documentary filmmaker Lori Butterfield. She is adding to solutions of recovery, education of alcoholism being a disease and these women are powerfully heard!
Wow! This documentary is INCREDIBLE! Please, check it out here: Lipstick and Liquor Trailer

Please share with your friends and visit the official Lipstick and Liquor website: 
and/or their facebook page here: 'Like' Lipstick and Liquor 

This documentary does not disappoint. It awakens. Hope you will check it out!

Monday, February 24, 2014

It's Your Health with Lisa Davis!

Hello Ladies & Gents!

Many of you have already heard about the powerhouse, health-conscious talk-show host Lisa Davis...but have you actually listened to her show? If not, I highly recommend checking it out! Click here for It's Your Health Network!
She talks about the hottest trends and is quite bold in her questions in order to reveal the vulnerable underbelly of addiction and recovery!

I was absolutely delighted to be her guest on February 12th and look forward to meeting up with her again for more discussion on the vast topic of addiction again in March!

You can listen to the audio interview here:

About It's Your Health Network
It's Your Health radio and It's Your Health TV: the hottest destinations for the latest trends in fitness, diet, beauty, fashion and more! It's Your Health radio is heard on numerous stations throughout the United States and continues to grow!

Dearest Lisa,

YOU ROCK! Thank you for your charisma and concern. You can hear it and you are truly making a difference in this world. Beautiful!

Alcohol Claims Over 2.5 Million Deaths Per Year!

Click here for stat reference: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Friday, February 21, 2014

Shatterproof. Rise Above Addiction!

Is your city going to Rise Above Addiction? Our friends at Shatterproof are thrilled to announce the 22 cities that will be hosting events in this year! Find out if one is near you, or pass along to a friend. You wouldn't want to miss this!

Check them out! Shatterproof Facebook Site

Coming up: Pasadena, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Milwaukee, Nassau County, NY and many more!
Please help them to spread the word to rappel against addiction.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Featured In The Star Tribune

(Click here to read) Sobriety boring? Not at all. FEATURED ARTICLE IN THE STAR TRIBUNE

Gail Rosenblum -you are AMAZING! I'm so grateful and happy that you were able to highlight recovery for what it is-- beautiful. Thank you.


Rosenblum: Sobriety boring? Not at all, Blaine woman declares

Amber Leone Murphy knows it’s largely luck separating her happy story from the tragic tales of Christina Lee Hauser and Marie Ellen Ahmann.

Hauser and Ahmann, both young women of promise, died in January in separate car crashes resulting from the same devastating culprit: alcohol.

Ahmann, a popular 21-year-old finance major at Winona State University, plunged down a 40-foot embankment into the Mississippi River. The Woodbury native had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.
The 36-year-old Hauser, of Winona, missed a curve and drove an SUV into the Mississippi River, killing herself and three male passengers, all under age 30. Married and the doting mother of a son she, too, had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her blood.

Murphy, of Blaine, isn’t about to point a finger. An alcoholic for 10 years beginning at age 13, she recalls “pretending to be a sober cab” for friends, her liquor hidden inside a child’s sippy cup placed in her center console.

“People are baffled as to how they got behind the wheel,” Murphy said. “But the first thing to go when drinking is judgment.”

She blacked out at 14, body-boarded drunk during a major storm at 19 and was raped at 20 after a party.
Things are far sunnier for Murphy, 32, since she got sober eight years ago. She founded a business, began a full-time administrative job with a health care company and became a sought-after inspirational speaker at treatment centers where women struggle not just with alcohol abuse, but addictions to Adderall, incense and many other substances.

In January, Murphy launched her website, Can’t Keep A Sober Girl Down, ( which focuses on sobriety, the dangers of codependency and the joy of living a passionate life. In just one month, the site’s three blogs collectively had visitors from 65 countries and more than 80,000 page views.

The hot-pink and black design of the website, filled with blingy images, speaks to Murphy’s audience — young women — in whom she sees much of her vulnerable younger self.

“I kept getting asked questions about codependency,” Murphy said of recovery meetings, where young women would approach her for advice.

“Women and young ladies are dying inside from not feeling good enough. They don’t feel seen, heard or understood. I am here to take a stand for them, and tell them that they are good enough.”
Murphy has self-published a book, “Crushing Codependency,” and has another title in the works, featuring 25 people in recovery talking about what life looks like now (hint: Pretty great).

Murphy’s own road to recovery was long. She first tasted alcohol at 8. Bullied as a kid for her weight and acne, she never felt she measured up. After the death of her beloved grandmother, the young teen turned to alcohol for comfort.

Murphy attended high school in four states, following her stepfather who traveled for work with Schwan’s. She created a double life, hanging out with “great, amazing, inspirational friends” and “party friends.” The latter, she said, were “more fun.”

She ignored her best friend, who told Murphy she was an alcoholic. They’re still best friends. It wouldn’t be until she was many years sober that she understood the genetic component of her addiction. Her mother and grandmother both were alcoholics. Her mother stopped drinking when Murphy was 9. Her grandmother, with whom she very close, had stopped drinking in her 40s.

Murphy graduated from a film and television program in New York City but was too buzzed most of the time to show up for auditions. She later moved to Los Angeles, then back to Minnesota in 2011, after divorcing her husband of five years.

It was during that year that actor Charlie Sheen made a well-publicized comment that motivated Murphy to action.

“I was sober for five years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree,” Sheen told a Fox Sports Radio host in 2011.

“Sobriety is not boring,” said Murphy, a sharp dresser with a killer smile. “When I wasn’t a victim anymore, my life got really interesting.”

Her message resonates with Afton Nelson, 26, of Fridley. Nelson struggled with addictions to alcohol, then meth, from ages 15 to 25. In 2012, Nelson was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue which, she said, “helped me sober up.” She’s in remission.

She met Murphy through friends “and I was just drawn to her. She has a presence,” Nelson said.
Murphy soon became Nelson’s sponsor. “She listens to me and tells me how she got through it,” Nelson said. “I have a lot of goals and aspirations and she goes for hers. She’s somebody I want to be like. She makes people who are my age want to be sober.”

Guys, too, seek out Murphy’s advice. Thirty-two-year-old Dan, who asked that only his first name be used, met Murphy 10 years ago when both were drinking heavily. Now clean, he turns to Murphy for advice a few times a month about how to avoid codependency, and embrace being alone, as he parents his young children with his ex-wife.

“She’ll say things to me and it’s just the right thing or just the right prayer that helps me in those moments,” Dan said of Murphy. “She’s doing so much more than I would ever have thought, based on when I met her 10 years ago.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Sober Life Is Not A Boring Life: Interview on CBS WCCO Radio

Hello to you all! Today was an exciting day! Can't Keep A Sober Girl Down was featured on CBS WCCO Radio and my hope is that the word will spread further with those still struggling in active addiction: A Sober Life Is Not A Boring Life! If you have the opportunity to listen to Jordana Green, please do. She is a fresh breath of air when it comes to inspiring and asking thought provoking questions.

Click here to listen to the interview
Amber Leone Murphy featured on WCCO Radio with Jordana Green

Sunday, February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

In the past, we've all seen the media cover up deaths due to overdose. They cannot cover up this one. He was found this morning --so sadly-- dead with a needle in his arm due to heroin overdose.

Tremendous talent. He will surely be missed. Rest in peace Mr. Hoffman.