Abby Wambach is set to release a new memoir detailing her career, and the former U.S. Women’s National Team star’s look back will include some details of several darker moments in her professional life.
In her new book, “Forward”, Wambach says she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years, leading to her arrest for driving under the influence back in April. The book, which is set for release on Tuesday, details Wambach’s use of vodka and pills, including, Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall leading up to her decision to go completely sober following April’s arrest. Speaking to the Associated Press, Wambach said she was “stubborn and in denial” prior to the arrest, as she struggled to admit wrongdoing or accept help.
Wambach’s memoir also opens up on several other moments throughout her career, including marriage troubles with fellow soccer player Sarah Huffman. Wambach and Huffman, who married in October 2013, are divorcing.
“That night getting arrested was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Because if I don’t get so publicly shamed and publicly humiliated, I don’t think I wake up,” Wambach told the Associated Press. “I think I was asleep for a lot of years. Asleep to the pleas from my family and friends, and even myself, to get help. So that night I was humiliated enough to wake up.”
“Not only was I hiding this secret from the world for so long, so were the people that I loved — they loved me so fiercely they wanted to protect me as much as possible, almost from myself. Sarah was definitely one of my saving graces because she was one of the first people in my life who made me aware of the problems that I was having,” Wambach said. “And this was years ago. This isn’t something that just snuck up on me when I retired from soccer. This is something I’ve been dealing with for years now.”
In addition to the lows, Wambach’s book is also set to discuss her career and her fight to battle back against labels throughout her life. The book features chapters titled “Tomboy, “Captain”, “Lesbian, and even “addict”.
“It’s really hard to talk about things when you’re ashamed,” Wambach said. “And I’m not ashamed about what happened to me anymore because it led me to where I’m at right now. I’m proud of where I’m at.”