Mom with Picture-Perfect Life Reveals Her Secret Addiction

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Playing Mom’s Picture-Perfect Life was Hiding a Secret Addiction

Emily Paulson seemingly had a perfect life, married, 5 kids and a successful career, but she was hiding an addiction to alcohol.

The “Highlight Real: Finding Honesty & Recovery Beyond the Filtered Life" author joins The Doctors to share how she got sober and took control of her addiction.

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She feels social media has been a blessing a curse in her life. "I was showing all the picture-perfect moments and I really wasn't showing what was going on behind the scenes," she says, explaining she wasn't able to heal and get sober until she got real and shared her entire story. 

Looking back, Emily realizes she always had a drink in her hand in the photos she posted online and says even when tried to control or limit her drinking, she would indulge too much. She says her drinking landed her in the hospital, caused issues with her marriage, family, and friendships and she even got a DUI -- but she continued to drink.

Her rock bottom moment came after a weekend where she blacked out 2 days due to drinking. She says she woke up in bed and could hear her husband talking to her children. "It was like listening to my life happen without me. I just knew I was eliminating myself," she says, sharing this moment inspired her to reach out to a sober friend, who took her to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that day. She is happy to share she has been sober ever since. 

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Emily's tips for those struggling with an alcohol addiction issue is to take the first step and reach out to a friend, spouse, or loved one and research what recovery option might be best suited for you. She stresses that someone in need of help does not have to make any major decisions in the beginning, and notes that simply asking for help might be your first step to sobriety.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction please call the confidential and free National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP or visit their website.

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