Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels Party Girl (HarperCollins, 2007) and Bought (HarperCollins, 2009), the non-fiction books Reality Matters (HarperCollins, 2010), Falling for Me (HarperCollins, 2011), By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and True Tales of Lust and Love and the Kindle Singles Animal Attraction (Amazon, 2012) and They Like Me, They Really Like Me (Amazon, 2013).
She was the sex and relationship expert on G4’s Attack of the Show for over three years and is a regular guest on The Today Show, Fox News’ Hannity and Red Eye, The CBS Morning Show, Dr. Drew, The Talk, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition and various other programs on Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, CTV, MTV News, VH1 and E. Her Sirius radio show was the network’s number-one specialty show and she’s written for The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy, People, Cosmo, Us Weekly, Redbook, Maxim, Movieline, Women’s Health, Vice, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, xojane and Salon, among many others. She has been an editor at the websites Styleclick, Dipdive and The Fix, an assistant editor at Parenting and a staff writer for Premiere. In 2011, she created the storytelling show True Tales of Lust and Love (the inspiration for the True Tales book), which she hosted through its entire two-year run.
In 2013, Anna created the AfterParty website, which is made up of articles, videos and a podcast focused on de-stigmatizing addiction and developing healthier relationships. She sold the site in 2014 but continues to run it and its parent site, RehabReviews. She speaks on television and at colleges across the country on addiction and relationships and is on the board of The Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, the oldest women’s recovery house in the US.
Anna David Vroom Veer Stories
- Anna and I both drank starting at an early age…replacing booze with water from our parents' liquor cabinets.
- For Anna, everything seemed fine until she found herself with a cocaine habit in her mid-twenties.
- When she got into recovery she realized she was an alcoholic as well as a drug addict.
- Addiction with “Normies” vs. addiction with addicts – Anna thinks this is an oxymoron.
- An addict is an addict whereas normies have bad habits that they can fix themselves if they choose to.
- Brain Wiring from Childhood – One of the major contributing factors of addiction as a disease.
- Anna believes there is a genetic predisposition for addiction as a disease and childhood experience can exacerbate or diminish that predisposition
- She learned in recovery that there is “something bigger” running the show, which helped her want to quit drugs, alcohol, and later smoking.
- Do you meditate? Yes, Vedic Meditation
- It's normal for your mind to wander while you are meditating, you just come back to the mantra or the breath
- Depression. Were you depressed? Yes! For Anna, she was depressed but never suicidal.
- We share a moment about being depressed and looking at people who are “ok” and thinking…”what's wrong with me?”
- Why “Fuck it” was a “step up” from depression for Jeff.
- Are the 12-steps enough for you? For some people 12-steps can be enough, for Anna, she's a big advocate for therapy.