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U.S. forward Abby Wambach reacts during a presentation to her before the team's international friendly soccer match against China in New Orleans, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

US soccer star Abby Wambach said she abused alcohol and prescription drugs for years


Abby Wambach, the most prolific goal-scorer in international soccer history, said she had abused alcohol and prescription drugs like Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall for years before her DUI arrest in April.

"I was stubborn and I was in denial," she said. "I didn't want to face the truth."

Wambach's memoir, "Forward," is set to release Tuesday. The book's chapter titles are all labels she has been called, including "tomboy," "lesbian" and "addict."

That night getting arrested was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Abby Wambach

Wambach said the arrest and the public fallout was a wake-up call. 

Before the arrest, she had retired in December after 15 years with the U.S. women's soccer team and had scored 184 goals in international competition -- more than any other player of any gender.

Wambach took responsibility for the arrest in a Facebook post in April.

What's she been up to since? 

Wambach ultimately pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and entered treatment.

She has become more active for off-the-field causes since retiring,  campaigning for   Hillary Clinton  and working on a  podcast for ESPN 

She says she has been sober since the night of the arrest. 

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