Sober Dancing With the Stars - Page 2

By McCarton Ackerman 02/18/13

Ann Behringer went from being Tina Turner's back-up dancer and singer to being a leading addiction therapist. But she had to get sober first.

Behringer and Turner back in the day

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What is there left that you’d like to accomplish in your career?

At times, I’d like to go back school and get a PhD, but I have to look at what I want to do with the rest of my life. So many people have suggested that I start a treatment center or write a book or conduct seminars. But in my sobriety, I don’t need to be the center of attention and I’m happy living a simple life. That said, I wouldn’t mind dancing with Tina again. [Laughs.] 

What advice would you give people who are looking to get sober or maintain their sobriety? 

Like the old timers say, don’t drink or use no matter what happens. It’s that simple. I also recommend not isolating and being of service because it gets you out of yourself. And therapy can be beneficial because there’s a higher percentage of mental illness among addicts, so sometimes we need that extra bit of help.

You just have to wait for a miracle because it does happen and happens all the time. I am who I am today because I’m sober. It’s not even a question in my mind. 

McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer currently residing in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Time Out New YorkThe Huffington Post, and, among others. He has also written about Carré Otis and Celebrity Rehab, among many other topics, for The Fix.

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