SLAM Brings the House Down With NY Recovery Benefit | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

SLAM Brings the House Down With NY Recovery Benefit

The organization dedicated to bringing a sober high school to NYC hosts a hilarious night of celebrity bio readings.


Kristen Johnston hosted. Photo via

By Duff McDonald


| Share

There are over 30 public sober high schools spread across the US, but not a single one in New York City. Last night, SLAM, a non-profit organization focused on righting that wrong, held its first annual benefit at The Triad on New York’s Upper West Side. SLAM—which stands for sobriety, learning and motivation—drew stars of the stage, screen and Internet in a special performance of Celebrity Autobiography to drum up support (and cash). The night included numerous raucous readings of celebrity writing at its most absurd. Hosted by SLAM founder and event organizer Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From the Sun)—whose recovery memoir, GUTS: The Tiny Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster, hits bookshelves March 13—the audience was in stitches from the very first reading, in which Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, The Station Agent) brought the ridiculous ramblings of David Hasselhoff in Don’t Hassel The Hoff to life.

The hilarity never flagged, as Bravo’s Andy Cohen read New York Housewife Countess LuAnn de LessepsClass With the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair. (The first tip? What to do with a toothpick at a party) America Ferrara (Ugly Betty) read Melissa Gilbert narrating sex with Rob Lowe on her mother’s couch; Santino Fontana bravely straight-faced it through Kenny LogginsThe Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Way to Love; Kristen Johnston read Cindy Crawford’s diaries from the set of her movie Fair Game; Dayle Reyfel channeled Debbie Reynolds; and Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse) brought down the house with the poetry of Suzanne Somers.

A fun evening sobered up at the end, when Dillon Eaton, a 2009 graduate of the North Shore Recovery High School outside Boston, told the audience they were there in support of a truly meaningful cause. “If I hadn’t gone to recovery high school, I’d be dead,” he said. The Fix's co-founder Joe Schrank received SLAM’s first annual “Friend of SLAM” award for his work with addicts of all ages, including Eaton—a new resident of Schrank’s Brooklyn-based transitional living facility, Loft 107.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv