A big moment for Demi

Thanks to Staying Strong 24/7 for their blog, and this article is a couple of years old but shows she has worked hard to overcome her addiction demons – great role model.

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Demi Lovato opens up about heavy use of cocaine, alcohol
By Christie D’Zurilla

Demi Lovato said she hit bottom when she was on the way to the airport at 9 a.m. with a Sprite bottle filled with vodka, headed back to a sober-living facility she was staying at and throwing up in the car. She said she realized that was alcoholic behavior.

Demi Lovato said she hit bottom when she was on the way to the airport at 9 a.m.… (Mike Windle / Getty Images )

Demi Lovato may have been shy a few years back about her reasons for going to rehab, but these days she’s holding nothing back, telling all about the drug and alcohol abuse that saw her hitting bottom when she was only 19 years old.

Cocaine every half hour and a Sprite bottle full of vodka were the toxic cherries on top of her eating-disorder sundae, she told “Access Hollywood” in an exclusive interview she did Monday accompanied by her mother, Dianna De La Garza.

“With my drug use, I could hide it to where I would sneak drugs,” the now 21-year-old said. “I couldn’t go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes.”

She said she would “smuggle it basically” and wait until the rest of First Class tuned out, and then she’d sneak to the bathroom to do it, even though she had a sober companion keeping an eye on her.

De La Garza said she had an idea that her daughter was doing drugs but “for a long time I was in denial.” She said she didn’t actually see Demi, and wanted to believe her daughter when she said things were OK.

Lovato said she hit bottom when she was on the way to the airport at 9 a.m. with a Sprite bottle filled with vodka, headed back to a sober-living facility she was staying at and throwing up in the car. She said she realized that was alcoholic behavior.

“When I hit that moment I was like, it’s no longer fun when you’re doing it alone,” “The X Factor” judge told “Access.”

Mother and daughter also learned they had something in common during Demi’s struggles: Both had eating disorders, and both had to deal with them.

Lovato said hers began well before her teen years, when she was 8 or 9, starting with binge eating then flipping to starving herself and making herself throw up.

“It got really difficult [and] I would throw up and it would just be blood and it was something that I realized if I don’t stop this, I am going to die,” she said.

Fortunately, Lovato got the help she needed — and both women said they’re now stronger as a family for it.

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I just witnessed an incredible performance by Demi Lovato on the VMAs. She absolutely rocked that stage.

Before she performed, she prayed and repeated “I am enough” multiple times into the microphone. She has a lot of courage and strength and took it with her on stage today, which is just amazing and something a lot of us are not able to do.

I am very proud of her. I’ve watched her grow. I’ve watched her

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Amy Winehouse charity gives school talks about addiction and empathy

Foundation set up in singer’s memory visits hopes to counter abuse of drugs and alcohol in young people

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The parents of Amy Winehouse set up the foundation.

Dominic Ruffy tells pupils about his first day at school: “I remember standing in the playground and a group of kids were talking about their summer holidays. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m so boring.’ I’d just spent three weeks in California and I went over to talk to these kids, trying to make friends, and out of my mouth came, ‘When I was in America I saw Ghostbusters’.”

There was only one problem. It was a blatant lie. “So I made up this 45-minute story about what I hoped and prayed Ghostbusters was going to be about and, of course, I looked a proper idiot when it came out in Britain three months later.”

It seems an innocuous enough tale, but Ruffy now believes it should have been a warning sign.

“I didn’t know that that was an early expression of me not feeling comfortable in my own skin, of not feeling I had enough self-esteem just to be me. Therefore, when we were at parties and I was 13 and a cool bunch of kids were passing joints around, then, of course, I’m going to take it because I’m doing everything I can to fit in.

“I didn’t know I was going to be one of those kids who would fall in love with those substances and would immediately start selling from home to fund it. Self-esteem is the underlying issue. It affects everything. Once you get kids talking about how they feel about themselves, about their friends, that’s the key.”

At 30 Ruffy was a heroin addict. But today he is clean and the resilience programme director of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up to help prevent drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

The groundbreaking programme, which sees former addicts visit schools to share their experiences, was born from the painful experiences of Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, when they were touring rehab clinics trying to find the right help for their daughter.

“The consistent message they got from people in rehab was that they’d never had any constructive education in school about drugs and alcohol,” Ruffy said. “They’d had policemen in. They’d been told, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that’, but nobody had ever gone in and talked to them about their feelings and emotions like we do.”

The programme, formed in partnership with specialist addiction charity Addaction, aims to reach 250,000 pupils within five years. A year into the programme, 87 volunteers have been trained and a further 60 are in training. All the volunteers have overcome significant personal issues, which Ruffy explains is the key to connecting with young people.

“I tell that story [about Ghostbusters]and you can hear a pin drop. We’ve had the known school bully break down and say, ‘I did not know that me ripping the mickey out of the ginger kid in the corner might lead to him using drugs when he was older.’ If we can help these kids overcome their emotional wellbeing issues, they’re less likely to do drugs when they’re older. Empathy is the big thing. It’s getting honest with the kids and allowing them to get honest with us.”

The programme – now operating in 11 regions in the UK – appears to be urgently needed. Government figures released last week show the number of pupils excluded from secondary school for drug and alcohol issues is rising. Meanwhile, the latest Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use survey shows that just over half of pupils believe they are not given enough information about drug use.

Some experts believe that encouraging children to talk about drink and drugs at school glamorises addiction. But Ruffy says: “We’re very specific. We don’t go in there and talk about violence in crack houses or getting high on the street.”

Others question whether the programme, which is supported by a £4.3m grant from the Big Lottery fund, is worth the money.

However, an interim report conducted by an independent team of experts from Harvard University and the University of Bath, shared with the Observer, has found that more than 70% of pupils who were questioned about their experience of the programme believed they were better equipped to manage self-esteem, cope with peer pressure and avoid risky behaviours associated with substance use.

A similar proportion said they had greater confidence to make safer decisions about alcohol or drug use. It is the first time an independent study has tried to evaluate the impact of a drug and alcohol awareness programme in schools and the foundation hopes the results will attract more funding from government and the private sector. If so, then Amy Winehouse’s parents hope some good will come from their daughter’s death.“The resilience programme is the legacy that Amy will leave,” Ruffy said. “It is a place where young people feel safe, where they can open up and talk about how they feel.”

Why Freddy Flintoff put his drinking days behind him

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His public image as a boisterous, beer swilling one of the lads was sealed in the public mind with his exuberant Ashes victory celebrations and a visit to No 10 that saw him put his feet up on the Cabinet table.

But Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has revealed his more thoughtful, private side in a revealing appearance on Desert Island Discs, in which he talks about his struggle with depression, his decision to quit drinking and his devotion to family life.

The former England cricket captain and now star of TV panel shows such as A League of their Own, told Kirsty Young, the programme’s presenter, that he turned his back on the all-night drinking bouts for which he became famous after making a documentary about depression in sport, in 2012.

He said: “I’m prone to depression. Drinking doesn’t help one bit. I don’t touch it now.”


Rachael Wools and Andrew Flintoff

Flintoff said he realised his drinking had started to become a problem after a run of poor form and defeats that saw him sacked as England vice-captain in 2007 then getting drunk and into difficulties after taking a pedal boat out to sea after a World Cup defeat in St Lucia.

“It’s not so much the drinking as the reason why you’re drinking that is the problem. When you’re drinking because you’re trying to get away from things you’ve got to look at it. That’s not right,” he said. “My heart goes out to anyone out there who is struggling now.”

Speaking of his upbringing in Lancashire Flintoff, who chose Elvis Presley’s I Just Can’t Help Believing and Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon among his desert island records, said he never played cricket at his state school in Preston, but learnt it from his father, a British Aerospace production line worker.


Andrew Flintoff holds the Ashes trophy after England defeated Australia on the fourth day of the fifth and final Ashes cricket Test match

“Cricket was seen as the posh sport,” he said, adding that he would never have dreamt of walking back home through his local council estates in his cricket whites.

Now Flintoff says his greatest joy is being at home with his wife and their three children – even if they ignore him when he’s trying to teach them cricket.

 

Amy Winehouse – A Lost Little Girl, Who Could Have Been Saved

 

Reposted from Huff Post

I saw Amy Winehouse three or four times in person at the London Clinic in December of 2009. I was there regularly, visiting my terminally ill father. Even in that environment, she was vibrant yet restless, surrounded by bodyguards, but somehow alone. My Dad commented on how sad it was that she was there from her addictions when she had everything going for her. He was right – if only she had known it herself.

The media after her death in July 2011, focused on her alcohol and drug abuse. But they didn’t mention her bulimia, nor the depression she wrestled with since she was a teen. The new documentary film on her life directed by Asif Kapadia sets the record straight, telling the tale of a brilliant woman who was plagued with self-doubt and deficient in resilience.

She was a happy child, but a troubled teen, finding her ‘perfect’ diet early on – eating a lot and then throwing up afterwards. In some old video footage she talked about being an ugly mug, because she looked different from others. But therein lied her beauty, a striking, unique charm that made her Amy.

Three quarters of young girls today don’t like how they look and five out of six are worried about getting fat. Amy was one of those girls, one that society didn’t save. If these confidence issues aren’t addressed they seep into later life. Amy’s bad relationships all stemmed from a belief she didn’t deserve love. Her eating disorders and substance abuse weren’t part of a ‘rock and roll” lifestyle, but because she couldn’t cope with the reality of who she was.

Confidence comes from loving what you do, not from external stuff such as image and fame. Amy loved her music but she was plunged into a world of live events, paparazzi and TV appearances, which was her worst nightmare. All she wanted to do was expel her pain by converting it into lyrics and music.

At the Amy premiere at Cannes Film Festival, we were able to honour her life, remembering that she was a ‎woman of great achievement who struggled with many demons. Every single person in the cinema was moved to tears by her incredible story. Contrary to popular belief, she wasn’t party mad or overly hedonistic. She was a girl in trouble that needed help and somewhere along the lines society failed her. Had she been supported during those vulnerable teenage years when she found fame, she could have coped better with life. Excelling at sport, music, or in your studies is not a guarantee of feeling good on the inside. The pressure to be perfect today is immense and it can be an addiction in itself.

At the end of the film Amy’s bodyguard reveals that she regretted her stardom. She would have given anything to take it all back, to be able to walk down the street in peace. She is now known around the world for the very songs that made her ill, Back to Black about her toxic ex boyfriend and Rehab about well, the obvious. She just wanted to move on and compose some new work away from the media eye but the money machine kept whirring. Her father even brought a film crew with him when he visited her on retreat in St Lucia. Each time she reached a new milestone, the Brits, Grammys, singing with Tony Bennett, she would immediately relapse. For when you don’t think you’re good enough these goals are impossibly unattainable and at the same time they are addictive because they are the only proof of self-worth.

Let’s make Amy’s early departure a learning for us all to protect our children and those we love in trouble. For many, many people suffer from mental health problems that have been swept under the carpet for too long. Amy wasn’t crazy, nor was she a wildchild. She was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent, and she just needed the tools to assist her – if the appropriate coping mechanisms had been imparted along the way, from childhood, through to her years in the spotlight, things could have been very different.

Amy Winehouse shone very brightly and she still does. She is a reminder to all of us to take care of those we love and build, not crush, their confidence. Self-harming, eating disorders and suicide are all on the rise and we need to curb this heart-breaking trend. Her loss is deeply tragic but she has left an incredible legacy and not just her music. She has pathed the way for our youngsters, to stand in their truth and truly believe in themselves.

 

James Taylor: ‘A big part of my story is recovery from addiction’

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At the age of 67, James Taylor has made his 16th album, his first in 13 years.

‘One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop '

‘One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop’  Photo: Timothy White

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…Yet, away from the stage, his personal circumstances were a train wreck even before he was famous. He was a heroin addict and a psychiatric patient in his teens, and his narcotic dependency fuelled the ultimate failure of perhaps America’s favourite celebrity music marriage of the 1970s, Taylor’s to Carly Simon. He did not finally get sober until his mid-30s, when he started the reinvention that makes that untamed past impossible to recognise now.


Taylor at home in New York with his then wife, Carly Simon, 1971 (JIM MCCRARY/REDFERNS)

All of which makes the lyric of Today Today Today, the opening song on Before This World, his 16th album of new songs, the first in 13 years, starkly relevant. It has him assessing his role in the musical firmament as an older man, with a palpable sense of wonder.

‘Somehow I haven’t died,’ he sings.

‘One of the things you learn as you get older is that you’re just the same’

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Nevertheless, when we chat at length in his hotel room, Taylor – whom I first interviewed more than 20 years ago, and who remains hugely engaging company – admits that he still knows the version of himself who almost did not make it here: the man whose friend and fellow sybarite John Belushi let it be known that he was worried for him, a comment put into sharp relief by Belushi’s own fatal overdose soon afterwards in 1982.

That was the wake-up call Taylor needed. In his 1985 song That’s Why I’m Here, written following Belushi’s death, he sang, ‘John’s gone, found dead, he dies high, he’s brown bread. Later said to have drowned in his bed. After the laughter, the wave of dread, it hits us like a ton of lead.’


Taylor at the Democratic National Convention, 2012 (RALF-FINN HESTOFT/CORBIS)

‘A big part of my story is recovery from addiction,’ he says now, matter-of-factly. ‘One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop, you don’t learn the skills by trial and error of having experiences and learning from them, and finding out what it is you want, and how to go about getting it, by relating with other people. You short-circuit all of that stuff and just go for the button that says this feels good over and over again. So you can wake up, as I did, at the age of 36, feeling like you’re still 17. One of the things you learn as you get older is that you’re just the same.’
Before This World by James Taylor (Concord/Decca) is out now

9 Things I’ve Gained From Sobriety

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9 Things I’ve Gained From Sobriety

Posted: 05/15/2015 6:42 pm EDT Updated: 05/15/2015 6:59 pm EDT

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When I first ventured into sobriety two years ago, a family friend, who is also sober, said to me: “You’ll be amazed how full your life can be.” At the time, I didn’t believe that. My life was full when I was drinking — at least I thought it was.

It took some time, but eventually I realized that what I thought was a full life was really just a lot of shallowness and superficiality that I mistook as meaningful. Two years later, and I’ve realized what that family friend meant. My life is so much fuller than I ever anticipated, and I owe it all to sobriety.

Here’s what I’ve gained:

1. Confidence.
Sure, I was confident when I was drinking…after about four drinks. Prior to that, I was always insecure even if it wasn’t outwardly apparent. Since getting sober, I’ve realized what real confidence feels like. While I’m not always 100 percent happy with myself, I feel a lot more secure in who I am and who I want to be, and less concerned about what others think about my choices. Being confident is a hell of a lot less draining than being insecure.

2. Love.
For the first time in years, someone loves me as much as I love them. I’m in a happy, loving, reciprocated relationship, something I never accomplished when I was drinking. Drinking turned me into a person I wasn’t. I would do and say things I didn’t mean and sabotage any relationship or potential relationship I had. My boyfriend drinks, and that’s okay. He understands that I don’t, and that I have my reasons.

3. Meaningful relationships.
Not necessarily romantic ones, either. Getting sober allows you to realize who really wants to be in your life, and who was more of a party friend. Sometimes these realizations hurt, but it’s for the better. I’d rather have a smaller amount of true, authentic relationships than a large amount of superficial ones.

4. Respect.
I never realized how much shame I carried as a result of losing people’s respect. Before drinking, I had always been a respectable person. I was responsible, smart and made good decisions. Drinking made all of that obsolete. From the moment I started college on a drinking note, I made a reputation for myself. And it wasn’t a good one. In the time since getting sober, I’ve been able to gain back the respect of most people in my life. I’m so thankful I didn’t do irreversible damage because I probably would have, had I kept drinking.

5. Pride.
This goes hand-in-hand with confidence, but is a bit different. I remember one specific instance when I was drinking and I should have felt proud and instead felt nothing. I was in a public speaking class, and had asked my professor to write a letter of recommendation. She did, and it was absolutely glowing, stating what a standout student I was. I read it and all I could think was, “This isn’t me.” I had given a few of my speeches in her class while a little bit tipsy, and I didn’t feel as if I deserved the praise she gave me. Now, two years later, I feel like I am finally that person she was raving about. I feel proud of myself again.

6. Passions.
Before getting sober, I spent any free time I had drinking or recovering from drinking. I left little to no time for the things I was most passionate about, like writing. I’ve often heard that free time in sobriety can be dangerous and can lead to relapse, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. Free time allows me to engage in my passions, which in turn keeps me sane and sober.

7. Health.
Towards the end of my drinking, I was, to put it quite plainly, a shit show. And it showed physically. I was always bloated and my skin had a yellowish cast to it. I had gained weight, but I didn’t care. In the time since, I’ve made a lot of changes and I feel like it shows in my physical appearance. While I’m not completely content with how I look (and never will be), I look a hell of a lot better than I did two years ago.

8. Trust.
I can be trusted again. For the longest time, I didn’t even trust myself. I knew that when I drank, I made stupid choices, but I did it anyway. Each night was a wild card. While no one explicitly said so, I’m sure people in my life didn’t trust me. I wasn’t a very reliable or honest person when I was under the influence. Since getting sober, that has changed. I truly believe I am a reliable, responsible person, and I believe others think that as well.

9. Self-worth.
I no longer wake up in the morning hating myself and who I have become. Instead, I wake up excited about life, ready to take on what the world has to offer and stay sober while doing so. I know I am a person worth loving, and that makes all the difference.

Lynda Carter: After Wonder Woman I became an alcoholic

THE former beauty queen was the highest-paid actress on TV in the 1970s but once the show ended her life spiralled out of control.

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Lynda Carter looks great at 63 today

Her lustrous brown mane frames cheekbones the size of Texas, with only the faintest of wrinkles gracing her porcelain face atop a still-slender figure with more curves than a roller-coaster.

Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter looks amazing for her age – at least two decades younger than her 63 years – and credits the luck of her gene pool for her fresh-faced good looks.

Perhaps that’s not surprising for the former Miss USA and Miss World semi-finalist who is also a velvet-voiced jazz singer poised to embark on a US concert tour this month, but she laughs: “Everything is dropping.

“Everything.”

Yet those same genes also bequeathed her a terrible legacy: alcoholism.

Astonishingly, her features show no sign of the ravages of her past battles with booze and the traumatic break-up of her first marriage, though the emotional scars run deep.

“Alcoholism is an abyss,” she says.

“You are terrified of the addiction.

“You just can’t stop.

“The disease has taken over, it is not a matter of having will-power.

“Addiction feels so shameful but it really is a disease, and if you have got the gene that turns it on, it is devastating.

“It destroys families and lives.

“It is not a choice.”

Lynda, who became the world’s highest-paid TV actress during her five years playing Wonder Woman in the 1970s, has overcome stigma before: after becoming a beauty queen, and then after being stereotyped as a TV comic-book heroine.

“I didn’t intend to become a beauty queen and only entered as a lark,” she says.

But in the space of 20 days she was crowned Miss Phoenix, Miss Arizona, and became Miss USA, heading to the Miss World contest in London in 1972.

“I didn’t really enjoy it that much,” she says.

“I’d been singing since I was 14 and on the road since high school, and I was very independent.

“Then I was Miss USA and had to have a chaperone, and spent a year opening supermarkets.

“It was all so silly, wearing a crown and banner when it was the 1970s and women’s liberation was everywhere.

“That was quite a stigma to overcome.”

Lynda moved to Hollywood but struggled to find work as an actress and was down to her last $25 when she won the role of Wonder Woman.

“I never considered quitting acting but I was trying to figure out how I was going to pay the rent, and would have to get a regular job,” she says.

Wonder Woman transformed her life, paying her $1,500 an episode, and $1million for the second season.

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Lynda as Wonder Woman, in the outfit that made her famous

“I loved every minute of it,” she says.

“I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and get to work.

“Wonder Woman remains popular because it wasn’t about brawn, it was about brains.

“It is less about super powers and more about heart and intellect, and a sense of right and wrong.

“There is a part of Wonder Woman inside me and inside every woman, kind of that secret self that women share.

“We are all caretakers, giving birth, caring for our children and companions and loved ones.”

Wonder Woman ended in 1979 but has remained on TVs worldwide in reruns ever since – yet Lynda receives no royalties.

“None,” she sighs.

“Nothing.”

She signed a deal that assured her a share of the show’s “net profits,” but with “Hollywood accounting” after four decades the series has yet officially to turn a profit.

“I should be getting money but I don’t,” she says.

“But there is a resurgence of interest in Wonder Woman and there is my likeness on a new slot machine, a digital comicbook, dolls and figures, so I get a share of that.”

And Wonder Woman should see a bigger revival with the future release of the hotly anticipated movie Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and featuring Wonder Woman played by Fast & Furious 6 star Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel.

“I hope that the film is good,” says Lynda.

“It is odd that it is an Israeli actress and not an American but she seems to be very pretty and I wish her well.

“Nobody has contacted me but I would happily do a cameo if that’s something that everybody involved wanted.”

Fans have attacked the movie for making Wonder Woman a subsidiary role, and screen siren Megan Fox said she wouldn’t want the role because Wonder Woman is a “lame superhero” – her super-weaponry comprising an invisible flying jet and a “lasso of truth”.

But Lynda says: “It’s not a bad way to reintroduce her that way.

“I think they are going to do a Wonder Woman movie afterwards, directed by a woman and written by a woman, as it should be.”

Like TV’s Batman star Adam West, Lynda felt the stigma of stereo typing as she tried to move on after playing Wonder Woman.

“That’s a tough one, always playing the heroine,” she laughs.

“But regretting it doesn’t advance you in any way.

“I’ve decided to embrace it.

“It’s part of my life.

“It could have been the last thing I ever did.”

Wonder Woman remains popular because it wasn’t about brawn, it was about brains

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Instead, Lynda continues to work on TV movies and guest appearances, in addition to her singing and campaigning for breast cancer and bowel disease research.

She still keeps Wonder Woman’s star-spangled corset at home but insists she doesn’t slip into it for kinky nights with her husband.

“It’s pretty fragile at this point,” she says of the costume.

After the end of Wonder Woman, Lynda found her five-year marriage to her business manager Ron Samuels crumbling in 1982.

“I hope he forgives me, and I have forgiven him, because it was painful for both people,” she said at the time.

Her booze problem escalated after marrying second husband, lawyer Robert Altman, in 1984 and moving from Hollywood to Washington DC.

“I wasn’t an alcoholic during Wonder Woman,” she says.

“It’s a gradual process.

“I didn’t even start drinking until my mid-20s.

“I wasn’t dealing with my emotional difficulties in my first marriage.

“I didn’t drink during my pregnancies but I wasn’t really present for my two children, though my kids never saw me out of control.

“But when I had a drink I couldn’t stop.

“Most people have a drink and feel a little high but I’d feel nothing.

“My liver doesn’t process alcohol until I’ve had three drinks.

“Then I’d fall off the cliff or under the table.

“Most people with an addiction problem are terrified and don’t know if they can get out of it.

“It feels so dreadfully final.

“You’ve alienated people…” her voice fades away.

“It’s just devastating.

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Lynda with her husband Robert Altman in 2011

“I had a genetic predisposition for alcoholism.

“My mother and father didn’t drink but there’s a lot of it on my mother’s side of the family.

“It happened over a period of time.

“It’s not like methamphetamine or heroin, where you get hooked and that’s it.

“I didn’t drink all the time.

“But your body begins to fight whatever toxins are in your liver and over a period of time you begin to crave it.

“Finally my husband asked me: ‘Can’t you just stop this, for the children and for me?’”

His desperate pleas were enough to make Lynda enter rehab, sober up and reclaim her life.

“I try to help others and I’d like to take the stigma out of alcoholism.

“But I don’t struggle with it.

“I know I will never drink again.

“I’ve been sober 18 years.

“Now I’m focused on health, not perfection.

“I row my boat on the river, I swim, ski, walk, lift weights, do yoga and Pilates.

“I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old.”

And she admits having a little help from her friends Botox and Restylane.

“Yeah, but I don’t do a lot of it,” she says.

“I don’t have a frozen face like an old-timey nutcracker where the jaw goes up and down and nothing else moves.”

Lynda will need all her energy as she embarks on a US concert tour later this month, supporting her CD Crazy Little Things.

“I sing because I love it,” she says.

“People may come to my shows because they are curious about Wonder Woman but I hope they return because they enjoy my singing.

“My kids are gone, my husband works, I’m not one of those ladies-who-lunch – what else am I going to do?”

  • For all information on Lynda, her new CD and her shows go to lyndacarter.com.