Nov. 29, 2022 – From the moment I started drinking, I was a blackout drinker, which means I would drink until I would forget and wake up the next morning, not know what happened, not remember the night before, and that started to get really scary when that continued after college and into my professional life,” she said.

Phelps said she drank to fill a void and would often end up in dysfunctional relationships.

“It wasn’t until somebody came to me and said, ‘I think you have a problem.’ And, at that point, I broke up with (my boyfriend), and then I went through another dysfunctional relationship because I wasn’t ready to give up alcohol, which had become my best friend. I turned to it in every situation, whether it was a celebration or happiness or sadness or loneliness or depression,” she said.

The drinking allowed her to mask what she was feeling.

“I would wake up in the morning with bruises on my legs and scratches on my arms and not remember how they got there. Then, it started to feel really dangerous and scary,” Phelps said.


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