Tonight on ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on women and their relationship with wine. (You know, since I did a lot of research by practicing alcoholism before I got sober.)
(I should clarify: The name of the show is ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, but I will not be seen sitting down with Diane Sawyer herself. There will simply be clips of an interview I did with a lovely producer who asked me questions about my journey with alcohol.)
I’m so honored to have a voice in this discussion, and what I want from this is for more women to know they aren’t alone, if they’re struggling with addiction.
If you’re here because you saw the show, welcome. I hope my words made sense and encouraged you. I hope you know you aren’t alone. I hope you know there’s hope.
If you’d like to learn more, you might want to check out the posts in which I share my story about my journey thought addiction and recovery. Another very helpful place is Shining Strong, a non-profit that exists to help you. There you can find links to places where you can read more stories by women who are trying to get sober or have recently quit drinking. You can also learn more about a podcast called The Bubble Hour via Shining Strong.
This is the power of story. Shining Strong, Crying Out Now and The Bubble Hour exist to share stories in a way that removes the stigma from alcoholism. We’re all the same, my friends. This disease does not discriminate. The reality that you struggle with drinking is not a matter of weakness, it comes down to a propensity you had toward addiction, always. Now might be a good time to consider tapping into the strength in you to make the choice to get help. To start talking. To go to someone who loves you, that you trust and to tell your truths. After all, this issue you find yourself having with alcohol? It’s not going to just stop. It doesn’t. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t. It takes work, but trust me, it’s more than worth it.
Peace to you.