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Since her arrest, Tatum says she is trying to be of service to other addicts. "There is a solution," she says. "For me, it's a 12-step program and believing in a higher power." She's also trying to erase the moral judgments that surround addiction. "It is not something that should be kept in the closet," she says. "It's not something I should be ashamed of. I'm trying to work on it."

For now, Tatum says she's focusing on being grateful for each day. "I'm thankful that I'm alive; thankful that my daughter has respect for me and understands that I'm in the fight for my life. My sons do as well," she says. "I hit my knees every day and try to remember to write a gratitude list. I'm so lucky that everything has turned out the way it has."
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Published on September 12, 2008

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