Daytime talk show host and author Wendy Williams recently opened up about her struggle with alcohol and substance abuse.

After two months away from The Wendy Williams Show, she candidly shared her struggles on Twitter. “Everybody has things in their life that they’re embarrassed to share with the world, or they’re frightened to share with the world, or they’re not ready to share with the world and addressing my sobriety, my addiction, head on has really helped me sort out every single compartment of my life.” You can view the full video here.

Williams also revealed that she’s been living in a sober house to treat an alcohol and prescription drug addiction after a shoulder injury last December. She also mentioned that she’s struggled with cocaine use in the past. Each day, she goes to pilates, attends sobriety meetings and works with a 24-hour sobriety coach.

Williams says she was a functioning addict and able to make it to work on time. “[A] functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she says. “It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”

Now, Williams is seeking treatment and is on the path to recovery. She’s hoping her openness and honesty can inspire others to do the same.

What You Can Learn From Wendy Williams’ Story

Talking about addiction takes a lot of courage and bravery. Some people feel shame or guilt surrounding their addiction, but sharing your story can have benefits and even reduce those feelings of shame.

Three key takeaways from Wendy Williams’ testimony are:

1. Talking About Addiction Can Help You Work Through It

When you address something head-on, including addiction, it can help you better process and work through it. Addiction denial is very common in people who struggle with substance abuse. Keeping your addiction or struggles with substance abuse a secret makes it easier to continue abusing drugs and is a key obstacle in seeking help. Talking about your struggles helps keep you and the people around you more accountable.

2. Sharing Your Struggles Helps You Build a Strong Support System

Sharing your story can help the people around you better understand what you’re going through. While each person deserves to decide whether or not to tell their story, telling someone — a family member, a trusted friend, a parent or anyone else in your life — can help you start to build a support system. A good support system greatly increases your chances of recovery and staying sober. A good support system can help you surround yourself with healthy individuals, can provide accountability and is often a reliable lifeline in difficult times.

3. Sharing Your Story Can Help Others

Sharing your story not only helps you, but it can help others who might be struggling as well. Being open and honest about what you’re going through can help others understand that they’re not alone and that recovery is possible. It could even encourage them to seek treatment and start the path to recovery themselves.

Read Other People’s Recovery Stories

Sharing your recovery testimony is powerful, and can help inspire others to pursue healthier futures. Check out these testimonies to read some amazing recovery stories: Addiction and Recovery Stories Archive from The Recovery Village.

If you’re struggling with addiction, know that recovery is possible. Reach out to The Recovery Village today. We can help you or a loved one start the journey to recovery in a safe, supportive environment. Calling is free and confidential, and there is no obligation to commit to a treatment program.