'Wonder Woman' Lynda Carter On Her Years-Long Battle With Alcoholism And What Helped Her Beat It
February 1, 2019 10:41 By Fabiosa
Lynda Carter, the inimitable 'Wonder Woman' and Miss World America 1972, is a happily married mother of two beautiful kids.
The actress’ life seems perfect these days, but there was a dark stretch in her life after the TV show, which made her world-famous, finished its run.
Lynda Carter gets candid about alcoholism
Nothing in particular was bad in the actress’ life. She was in a marriage to a loving and caring man, Robert Altman, and they had two beautiful young children. She was well-loved by many. But it started with occasional drinking, and Carter soon knew she couldn’t stop.
She inherited some bad genes, she admitted in one interview. Carter’s parents weren’t alcoholics, but there were a lot of these on her mom’s side. At first, the actress thought she was in control, but then she realized her drinking problem was getting out of hand.
And it’s not like Carter’s husband didn’t realize what was going on. It was breaking his heart, and he talked his wife into getting professional help. She told The Insider:
My husband asked me … ‘Can’t you just stop this for the children and for me?’
They were living in D.C. at the time, so they chose a treatment facility not far from there. Carter checked into rehab for a while and checked out being ready to live her life alcohol-free.
In a 2008 interview, the actress said she’d been sober for almost a decade and she’s a picture of health these days.
How to help someone with alcoholism
Countless lives of celebrities and ordinary people alike have been ruined by alcoholism. Take Ben Affleck as a prime example: He’s a successful actor, but his marriage crumbled because of his drinking, and people can’t stop talking about how unwell he’s been looking in recent years.
But we digress. Alcoholism is an extremely common problem, but it’s possible to break out of the cycle of addiction if you have the right approach.
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Here are a few tips on how to help a loved one with a drinking problem:
- Prepare for the candid conversation about the problem. Don’t be judgmental; be lenient, but firm.
- Do some research about treatment facilities in your area before the talk. It’s best to call the facilities and ask for more info.
- Talk to other family members and friends of the person you’re trying to help and see if you can get their support, both emotional and practical.
- Be sure to start the conversation when the person is sober and in a neutral mood.
- Try not to sound accusatory. Say, instead of saying “Your drinking is ruining our relationship,” say “Drinking is taking a toll on your health, and I’m worried about you.”
- If you aren’t sure how to help your loved one, talk to a qualified professional, such as a therapist.
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If you figure out the right approach, your actions may just save the health of your loved one, and even his/her life.