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Interview with Lisa Smith, author of GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR, a memoir of high-functioning alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery as a corporate lawyer in big New York City firms. Discussing a study showing that women have largely caught up to men with respect to alcohol consumption.


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In the TODAY series “Secrets: Telling My Truth,” two women – one a successful attorney, the other a super mom – developed addictions to alcohol, cocaine and prescription drugs without anyone knowing until they both hit rock bottom. The women say coming clean about their secrets helped them heal.


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Lisa Smith knows a lot about alcoholism because she was in the throes of it for more than a decade. By 2004, she had also started using cocaine and then hit rock bottom.

"It's such a painful spiral of shame and self-loathing and hiding," Smith, a lawyer and author, said. "You're living this awful double life."