Now, Cheryl is proud to say she's 205 days sober. "I did some inpatient for about three weeks and then following that outpatient," she says. "The first three days were difficult. But after that is when I began to learn things about myself and realize that I was in the right place."
Cheryl says she has a new lease on life. "We're doing well today, and we have many days ahead of us," she says. "We're so excited, and I have to thank you for just opening the eyes of America and giving me the opportunity to heal myself. I'm alive."
Cheryl says she's also healed her relationship with her daughter Veronica. "Things are great now," Veronica says. "The last time I was on the show, I said I couldn't see through to her heart, and now it's [the] total opposite. We bond a lot better now."
When she's tempted to pop a pill, Cheryl says she prays. "Three days before you contacted me [in 2009], I had hit rock bottom and I couldn't go any further," she says. "I told God: 'Take me and do with me what you will. But something has to be done.'"
Cheryl says she even started researching treatment centers—and found a place to email her story to Oprah.com. "You guys called me," she says. "That's a God thing."