Alcoholism not only affects the general public, but celebrities as well. Recently, television anchor Laurie Dhue discussed her former alcohol dependency on the Today show. Dhue, 42, previously worked with FOX News, MSNBC and CNN. She is sharing her story in hope of raising awareness of the disease.
For more than a decade, Dhue could not control her addiction to alcohol. She considered herself to be a high-functioning alcoholic, who was able to hide her dependency on camera. Dhue would consume large amounts of alcohol throughout the week and come into work hung over. In 2007, she decided to confront the problem after being “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The former television anchor consulted an addiction specialist to help her get through the initial stages of recovery. However, Dhue acknowledges that she has to take it one day at a time. Her words echoed with the mission of Alcoholics Anonymous, a worldwide organization that has been helping addicts since 1935.
Approximately 52 percent of Americans age 18 and older were regular drinkers in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can help individuals suffering from alcoholism.