‘True Life’ Check-In: Recovering Drunkorexics DJ And Laura Hope Others Will Benefit From Their Stories

MTV’s latest “True Life” explored the stories of two young people who suffer from a dangerous combination of eating disorder and alcoholism, commonly known as “drunkorexia.” We had an opportunity to check in with them to find out how their lives have changed since filming wrapped — take a look at the follow-up Q&As below.

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What’s happened with you since the show finished shooting?  
Since the show, I’ve been on a regular eating schedule: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I haven’t gone out drinking to any clubs or bars. I’ve been much happier about my appearance, choices and lifestyle.

How is your life different now that you’re no longer the “party guy” that you used to be? 
My life is different now, big time. I am much more active, level-headed and happy. I’m also much closer with my family, and have been focused on working and living a healthier lifestyle.

What was it like to share your story?  
At first I was afraid people would laugh or judge me for sharing my story, and even though it was hard, it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. Overall, I overcame this disorder and I am a new person. I am happy that I filmed “True Life” because it might help others who are struggling with the same issues.

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What’s happened with you since the show finished shooting?
Since finishing shooting I have continued to stay sober and attend AA meetings. I am adding new food into my diet but still staying under 1,000 calories per day. I also began a 30-day work-out challenge and hope to find new, creative ways to exercise.

Where do things stand with you and Matt? What’s next for the two of you?
Matt and I are still together and have plans to purchase a new car in the upcoming months.

What was it like to share your story?
It was very interesting to share my story, and I hope it has a positive impact on others who are struggling with eating disorders or alcoholism. It has helped me to see just how quickly things can get out of control for myself, and that as long as I stay on the right path I can continue to stay sober and be happy.

Photos courtesy of Laura and DJ