Brenda Wilhelmson -- accomplished writer, wife and mother of two sons -- appeared on "The Today Show" this morning to talk about a secret she kept hidden for years. Though appearing to "have it all," in actuality Wilhelmson was struggling with alcoholism as she transitioned from having an active social to living a life at home with her child.
"As much as I loved being a mother, and I loved being home with my baby, I felt very isolated," she said on the show. "I was one of the first of my friends to have a child, so everybody else's life was going on as before -- everybody was going out and having a good time -- and I was at home."
And she's not alone: according to the segment, more than 5.2 million women in America abuse or are dependent on alcohol. Wilhelmson, who has now been sober for eight years, chronicles her difficult journey to sobriety in her new book "Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife."