Now, Tara is three years sober, and she says it's a wonder she lived to share her story. "I don't know why I was spared," she says.

To anyone facing the same battle, Tara says there's someone out there who feels the same way you do, and there's help available. "Even if you don't love yourself at all, other people do love you," she says. "I've had so many people come forward and help me, and I've been so fortunate in my life. I don't feel I deserve any of the good things I got, but apparently I do. And through the course of other people loving me, I learned how to love myself."

Tara says she loves the woman she's becoming. "Every day I learn something new about myself, and I prove myself wrong," she says. "I'm allowing myself to feel. I'm allowing myself to love. I'm allowing myself to feel pain where I wouldn't before."


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