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“I was sober for five years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree,” Sheen told a Fox Sports Radio host in 2011.
“Sobriety is not boring,” said Murphy, a sharp dresser with a killer smile. “When I wasn’t a victim anymore, my life got really interesting.”
Her message resonates with Afton Nelson, 26, of Fridley. Nelson struggled with addictions to alcohol, then meth, from ages 15 to 25. In 2012, Nelson was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue which, she said, “helped me sober up.” She’s in remission.
She met Murphy through friends “and I was just drawn to her. She has a presence,” Nelson said.
Murphy soon became Nelson’s sponsor. “She listens to me and tells me how she got through it,” Nelson said. “I have a lot of goals and aspirations and she goes for hers. She’s somebody I want to be like. She makes people who are my age want to be sober.”
Guys, too, seek out Murphy’s advice. Thirty-two-year-old Dan, who asked that only his first name be used, met Murphy 10 years ago when both were drinking heavily. Now clean, he turns to Murphy for advice a few times a month about how to avoid codependency, and embrace being alone, as he parents his young children with his ex-wife.
“She’ll say things to me and it’s just the right thing or just the right prayer that helps me in those moments,” Dan said of Murphy. “She’s doing so much more than I would ever have thought, based on when I met her 10 years ago.”
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