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Lotta Dann

Dann blogged her way to sobriety as the woman behind the popular site, “Mrs. D Is Going Without.” The happily married New Zealander – and mother of three boys – never thought her anonymous diary in cyberspace would resonate with so many people (reaching over 4,000 daily visitors). Here’s an entry from Dann’s first month of sobriety (Sept. 2011), as she illuminates a 24-year drinking problem: “My body clock is amazing – 5 p.m. on the dot, or about 4:45 I’ll look at the clock and think ‘almost wine time!’. Wrestle with myself about whether to get any during the day. Pick up a bottle during the course of the day. Pop the top at 5 p.m. and it’s gone by 7. But lately one bottle just hasn’t been enough. I needed one bottle and 2 glasses more just for myself to feel ‘full’.” Dann credits the support and wisdom of her online “tribe” with helping her recover from alcohol addiction. Today, she’s five years sober and a best-selling author. Dann has also teamed up with the New Zealand Drug Foundation and other experts to launch livingsober.org.nz, a non-profit that provides free educational resources for people in recovery.

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