(From Janet Shamlian, NBC News Correspondent)
I was unprepared for the flood of e-mail following our report on women and alcohol. (Read the original post here.) Your letters were heartbreaking and inspiring, from courageous stories of recovery to desperate pleas for help. None was more touching, though, than the one from a mother named Laura. She's a recovering alcoholic, sober more than a year, who wrote about her "rock bottom" moment. With her children in the backseat of her car, she drove them across town so drunk she didn't even remember doing it until the next morning.
We met Laura for a follow up to our initial report. She speaks honestly of her struggle and how she got help. That was a question from many viewers who asked about the options for treatment. Several of you said you could never leave your families for a month to go to a rehab center. There IS help and support available close to home and we've addressed those options in our report.