‘Functioning alcoholic’ writes book, wants to help others battling addiction

>> Anchor: HAVING IT ALL DOESN'T MEAN LIFE IS PERFECT THE WOMAN YOU ARE ABOUT TO MEET KNOWS THAT ALL TOO WELL

BIG TIME CAREER GOOD MARRIAGE THREE CHILDREN >> BUT SHE WAS HIDING A SECRET ADDICTION KAREN DREW SHOWS US HOW SHE SOBERED UP AND IS HELPING OTHER WOMEN TO DO THE SAME

>> Reporter: MARTHA WAS DRUNK MOST OF THE TIME AND LIVING A LIE BUT FIVE YEARS AGO SHE ABRUPTLY QUIT DRINKING AND DEVOTED TO SHARING A MESSAGE OF STRUGGLE AND REDEMPTION TO HELP OTHERS >> I FIND MYSELF SHAKING AT LUNCH UNTIL I HAD A DRINK IN ME >> Reporter: MARTHA TURNED HERSELF A FUNCTIONING ALCOHOLIC BY DAY, BUSY AND HUNG OVER LOBBYIST IN DC

AT NIGHT FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS PASSED OUT DRUNK >> I JUST WOULD TELL MYSELF, YOU KNOW, I AM FINE YOU KNOW SOMETIMES I DRINK TOO MUCH

WHAT I SAY IS THAT I DON'T HAVE THE — I HAVE A BROKEN OFF SWITCH WHEN I START I CANNOT STOP MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER PHYSICALLY I FELT HORRIBLE I KNEW THAT IT WAS REALLY STARTING TO TAKE A TOLL ON ME PHYSICALLY

>> Reporter: EXHAUSTED FROM A LIFE OF LIES SHE BROKE DOWN AND OPENED UP TO A GIRLFRIEND >> FINALLY AT 4:00 AM THAT NIGHT AFTER DRINKING ALL DAY I WAS ABLE TO SAY THE WORDS

GET THE WORDS OUT TO HER I SAID I HAVE A SERIOUS DRINKING PROBLEM >> Reporter: THAT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO SINCE THEN MARTHA SOBERED UP AND WROTE A BOOK TO HELP OTHERS, HUMOROUSLY CALLED SOBRIETY >> I DECIDED IT WAS EITHER GOING TO BE LAUGHTER OR TEARS

AND I HAD HAD ENOUGH TEARS THAT I WAS READY TO TRY TO APPROACH THIS IN A WAY KEEP MY HUMOR AND TRY TO HELP OTHERS HERE I AM I AM, YOU KNOW SUBURBAN MOM OF THREE AND AN ALCOHOLIC

AND I AM OKAY WITH THAT BECAUSE I AM PROUD OF WHERE I AM I TOOK THAT PROBLEM AND I AM TRYING TO TURN IT AROUND AND HELP OTHERS WITH IT >> Reporter: LIKE LEXI

>> I HAVE A GRADUATE DEGREE I HAD A GOOD CAREER AND IT DOESN'T — DISEASE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THAT YOU KNOW I DID JAIL I DID INSTITUTIONS AND I ALMOST DID DEATH

ANY LONG JOURNEY STARTS WITH FIRST STEP >> Reporter: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM EXPERTS RECOMMENDS FINDING ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS GROUP WITH 12 STEP PROGRAM FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MARTHA'S BOOK WE HAVE A LINK ON

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