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