Multi-Awarded And Veteran Broadcast Journalist Amanda Davis Won Her Battle Over Alcoholism
Amanda Davis had a fairly easy and successful life starting when she graduated cum laude from Clark College and quickly landing on a promising job in broadcast media. She has spent over 35 years of her life in journalism and became one of the most celebrated anchors of WAGA and Fox5 WAGA. But what many did not know then and weren’t expecting was the secret life she was leading in her public world – a life dominated by a great deal of depression where alcohol was her only solace. The multi-awarded and long-time broadcast journalist finally admitted to herself and the world what she went through and how she came out a winner.
The Signs That She Ignored
Davis had a history of arrests for DUI, or the so-called drinking under the influence of alcohol. In 2012, the police apprehended her for going northward in a southbound direction of Piedmont Avenue in Midtown, crashing her car and injuring another driver. Because of her strong personality as a media person, she refused to be subjected to a field sobriety test and chemical tests. As a result of her arrest, she was pulled out of her news show in Fox and eventually, bid a tearful and awkward goodbye on television. Luck was on her side as she was found not guilty of DUI but instead of failure to stay in her lane. Consequently, she did 20 hours of community service and paid a fine of $ 200.
A year later, she was again arrested in Georgia for driving a vehicle with an expired tag. She ended up spending a night in jail because the police discovered that her driver’s license had been suspended. A bond of $ 1,320 was posted so she could get out. This arrest had happened before she was due to start her job as morning anchor for CBS46. Her new work had to be put on hold because of her predicament.
According to Davis, she had always thought that she was not an alcoholic but a social drinker, unlike perhaps most of the 18 million Americans who have suffered from the addiction. Later on, she would realize that she was in a stage of denial and under the illusion that she had no drinking problem. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
Coming To Terms With Her Problem
Reality slowly started creeping in and Davis has had an overwhelming sense of despair that led her to alcohol. She was in denial for so long, justifying her love for drinking with the idea that most of the people in her circle are social drinkers like herself. But she knew that she was not supposed to be driving on the wrong side of the road and that she hurt someone because she was intoxicated. She needed her good friend Monica Pearson to step in to help her fix the addiction problem. After going through a psychiatric evaluation initiated by Pearson, she was finally diagnosed to have alcoholism. The next she knew was that she got on the plane and headed for Los Angeles to check into the Canyon rehab facility. With the help of her only daughter, Davis did the bravest thing she had ever done in her life and started her rehab. Although she still had misgivings about recovering from her seemingly impossible situation, she stood firm in her decision to get professional help.
Her rehab journey
The 30-day treatment and 12-step program proved manageable for Davis and in fact, she was surprised to have made progress within half of her treatment period. The first breakthrough came when she openly admitted to herself, her therapist and fellow patients the cause of her addiction.
Davis’ love for drinking intensified when she went into a serious relationship with a man who enjoyed drinking and making drinks. While going out with him, she became even more social in that they frequently entertained friends and guests and hosted gatherings where there were lots of booze. Champagne, for example, became a regular drink and weekends which she used to spend for church became occasions of wining and dining. But this is not the end of it. The relationship ended after two years, and Davis found herself heartbroken and rejected. She did not turn to friends nor family for support because she was too proud to let other people see that she was crushed inside by her depression. Alcohol became her constant companion secretly to chase her blues away.
While in rehab, she was able to exorcise her ghosts by writing a letter of goodbye to the man that made her depressed – a symbolic gesture of openly admitting why she became an alcoholic and buried the past for her to move on finally. She acknowledged the barriers that prevented her from accepting her problem, and mostly these stemmed from her pride, fear of rejection, and embarrassment.
What she is now
One vital realization that Davis accepted was how alcohol could alter one’s brain. Speaking from her experience, she confessed that the addiction made her crave for drinks uncontrollably and that once the pleasure-seeking switch is on, it was impossible to switch it off. Rehab has made her go back to her old sober self, and she firmly believes that God gave her a second chance so that she can be an instrument to those who need help and treatment.
With a brand new outlook in life, Davis, now in her 60s, continues to enjoy her broadcast journalism career at CBS46 as its morning anchor.