My mom called to tell me that Elizabeth Vargas was on Good Morning America telling her story of alcoholism. She said that it sounded a lot like my story, and as I listened I was shocked at how true that is. Maybe it shouldn’t surprise me anymore, how we’re all the same, but I guess it does. The face of alcoholism is everyone’s face.
I wanted to hug Elizabeth and high five her and talk for hours. Because of how we’re the same and how powerful the sisterhood of sobriety is, and because she’s never going to know how powerful her story’s ripple effect really is, simply in its truth-telling. None of us can know, but it is good.
When you are still drinking, it feels like there’s no way it could ever stop. But I’m writing this little love note to Elizabeth Vargas and hoping that if you came across it because you’re struggling, you’ll be encouraged. We are all in this together.
On January 20th, the one that just passed, I hit four years of sobriety. It has been a beautiful journey. And to all the Elizabeths out there, still drinking or not, I want you to know, it gets easier, the more time that goes by, and life becomes better than you can imagine.
That’s the truth.
You are stronger than you think you are, my sisters.
Let’s all say a big thank you wherever we are, to people like Elizabeth Vargas, who have the courage to strip away stigma, with story.
My story of alcoholism started with this post in which I admitted I had a problem, and all the posts about it can be found by clicking the box in the sidebar with the title “The Ones About Alcoholism and Recovery”
To see me on ABC’s Nightly News With Diane Sawyer, talking about my relationship with wine, click here.