Women and Wine: Tonight on ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer

October 16, 2013

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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.

 

 

 

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Ellie October 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

Thank you for being such a brave, honest and graceful voice that shines through the darkness of addiction, my friend. And for keeping this important conversation going. And for helping to spread the word about Shining Strong.

Love you.

-E.
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Momo October 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

I’m so proud of you.

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Leigh Kramer October 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

Proud of you for continuing to share your story, Heather. I’m amazed by you. xoxo
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gigi October 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Heather, I just got a copy of the book “Drink,” which explores the creeping-in of alcohol as a pervasive part of female society over the last couple of decades. Have you read it or did they talk about it in the piece (I haven’t watched yet). I’m planning to do a Google Hangout with the author, who’s a journalist. Looking forward to reading the book, and thought you might find it interesting as well. xo

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Jenn October 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm

You are amazing, Heather! Completely agree with you on the power of personal stories. To hear someone say, “Me too.” is such a comfort and can be the beginning of the healing process of recovery.
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Amber C Haines October 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I want the world to know you. I do .
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Gretchen October 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’m looking forward to watching the segment. I’ve made no secret how difficult it was being the child of an alcoholic (now sober) and I have to thank you for your honesty. Reading your words and the words of others who have battled alcoholism has helped me have a more grace-filled perspective.
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Natalie DeYoung October 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

This is fabulous! I can’t wait to watch. As a fellow recovering alcoholic, I have an especially close relationship with the subject matter, lol. And I agree, sharing our stories is so important.
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Jen Stephens October 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Love and Light. Always. So happy we crossed paths!

Jen

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Kate Hopper October 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Yay! I’m so proud of you, my dear, and what a gift to have you sharing your important story. I’m definitely going to watch it, though I’ll have to do so after the fact. Thank you, always, for your bravery!
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Ewokmama October 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Thank you for continuing to share your story. I’m new to your blog and so this is the first I’ve read these posts. Your writing is always so personal and beautiful. I’m so appreciative that you’ve put these words out there for any person who might need them to read.

You are beautiful.
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tracy@sellabitmum October 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Have I mentioned that I love you lately? Well I do. And I hope to catch the clip later – as I’m a Dance Mom on Wednesday nights and will be attending to tutus and tights and such. xo
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Trish October 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I grew up with an alcoholic father (he’s been sober many years now though, thankfully!) so I know all too well that side of it. I look back on it now and realize how tortured he was and it amazes me that he got through. But he had the support of a couple of amazing people who’d been through it before him and was able to get sober. So thank you so much for being a voice and lending support to others who are struggling with addiction. I have no doubt by doing it you’re changing lives :)
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Abbi October 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Can someone please tell me what time & channel this special is on?!?! Thanks!!!

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Lynda M O October 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Heather, you’re doing the work of angels here; you, ellie, the ones we don’t know whose stories keep us strong… Thank you for all you do.
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JoAnn Martinez October 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Heather, thank you for inspiring me to continue on with my own journey every.single.day.

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Marta October 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm

So glad that now I can say that I’ve met you IRL. You’re such a strong and inspiring woman Heather!
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