It takes courage to admit to being an alcoholic, just as ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas has just done publicly. It is perhaps even more difficult for a woman. I know, because I’ve been there myself.
I often forget I once had a drinking problem. As I near my twentieth year of sobriety, I am caught off-guard when someone asks me whether I miss drinking. Suddenly, the memories of what seems like a bad nightmare flood my mind. I self-medicated to ease my fears, drown my sorrows and feel less alone.