Nov 2
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  • #129 – Mary Beth O’Connor

    #129 - Mary Beth O’Connor

    From Junkie to Judge: Atheist Discusses Secular Recovery

    Mary Beth O’Connor is a retired Administrative Law Judge who has been clean and sober for 27 years. Substance use disorder is only part of her story as she is also in recovery from abuse and trauma. Mary Beth currently serves as the Director and Secretary for She Recovers Foundation and is a Director for LifeRing Secular Recovery.

    In August 2020, Mary Beth had an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, I Beat Addiction without God. And in November 2020 she had an op-ed published in the Philadelphia Inquirer in support of a safe injection site, I was a federal judge, and I support Safehouse. Here’s why.

    Mary Beth’s memoir writings have been published in Memoir Magazine, Awakenings, The Noyo River Review, The Fault Zone, Carry the Light, and Ravens Perch. She is working on a full-length memoir with the working title From Junkie to Judge: Recovery without God.

    Mary Beth can be reached at and her website is

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