Sunday Speaker – Mary Beth O’Connor – From Junkie to Judge

Mary Beth O'Connor shares her inspiring journey from rock bottom to resilience as she forged a personal path to recovery from trauma and addiction.


Sunday Speaker Topic: Mary Beth O'Connor - From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction

Clean and sober now for more nearly three decades, Mary Beth is proof that anyone can find their sober self, their best self, no matter how far they have fallen. Along with her inspiring story, she offers a comprehensive checklist of questions for readers to ask themselves as they take the brave steps toward recovery, offering a powerful blueprint for personal change.


Mary Beth has been sober from her methamphetamine use disorder since 1994. She also is in recovery from abuse, trauma, and anxiety. She wrote about her story in her award-winning memoir From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction.

Mary Beth is a Director for She Recovers Foundation and for LifeRing Secular Recovery. She also is on the Advisory Council for The Hyer Calling Foundation. She regularly speaks on behalf of these organizations and about multiple paths to recovery. This includes television, radio, conferences, podcasts, and recovery houses. She develops relationships with other organizations, such as Women for Sobriety and trains attorneys, judges, and medical professionals.

Mary Beth regularly writes opinion pieces which have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Recovery Today, and other publications. Her memoir writings have been published in Memoir Magazine, Awakenings, and Ravens Perch, among others.

Professionally, 6 years into her recovery, Mary Beth attended Berkeley Law. She worked at a large firm, then litigated class actions for the federal government. In 2014 she was appointed a federal Administrative Law Judge from which position she retired early in 2020.

Book Giveaway!
An attendee at her talk will be given a copy of her book, From Junkie to Judge: One Woman's Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction in a drawing.


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July 21st, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
MESA, AZ 85201-4009
United States