Parrish was a heavy drinker for 20 years before an emotional wake-up call – and unconventional approach – led her to recovery. Hung over and unable to get out of bed one morning, Parrish saw the worry on her children’s faces. She knew they felt loved, but didn’t want them growing up in the shadow of addiction. So she vowed that day – December 7, 2012 – never to drink again. Searching for help online, Parrish found a sober blogger named Belle. “I wrote an e-mail to a woman I’d never met or heard of and said, ‘Hey, I’m trying to quit. I’m scared,’ Parrish recalls. “And then Belle wrote me back and said, ‘I’d be glad to be your pen pal.’ And she helped save me.” Finding connection online – and blogging about her own struggles and triumphs – has helped Parrish stay accountable and achieve long-term recovery.