Jan. 17, 2023 – “We’re expected to raise children like we don’t work and work like we don’t have children,” Phelps says. “We’re in this mindset of, ‘I’ve got to do this all by myself.’ If you go to any 12-step meeting, you’ll hear women talking about the shame they feel for needing help.”

In May 2022, Phelps let go of that shame. Inspired by brother Michael Phelps’ advocacy in the mental health space, she decided she was done hiding. The Washington, D.C.-based public relations guru sat down and typed out a press release of sorts about herself.

“In June 2007, I voluntarily walked into a treatment center and asked for help. I was scared, I felt alone and I didn’t know what to do, but I couldn’t stop drinking,” she wrote on Instagram. “My inner light was burned out and I had lost every bit of who I was.”


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