Former television news anchor Laurie Dhue, perhaps best-known for her time on Fox News, has opened up about her struggle with alcoholism.
Last week, at a private dinner hosted by conservative columnist Cal Thomas, Dhue revealed that she had battled alcoholism throughout her career as a news anchor.
"I would drag myself into work deeply hungover," she said.
According to FishbowlDC, Dhue told the audience:
"I thought I had to drink myself into oblivion several times a week. In New York, that was very easy. "I really thought I had to live that way. I suffered in silence. I lived in constant fear. On the inside I was dying....I lived with shame and guilt and a lot of terror."
Although she was surprised that her account at the private dinner became public, Dhue appeared Wednesday morning on the "Today" show to discuss her addiction in the hopes that she could help others fighting similar issues.
"I lived in a lot of fear," Dhue told Meredith Vieira. "I hid my alcoholism for many, many years, and I was probably a high-functioning alcoholic."
Dhue, who now runs a media training company, said that Fox News has been "very supporting" of her struggle with alcoholism. Dhue anchored on the network from 2000-2008.
"There was a moment one morning, on March 14, 2007, where I looked in the mirror and I did not recognize the woman who was looking back at me," she said. "I was sick and tired of being sick and tired."
Dhue says she now feels better than any point in her life.
"I've never been happier, and I've never been more at peace," she said. "And that peace is out there for people who are struggling."