CLEAN & SOBER

After taking steps to battle her drinking problem, Jo Dee Messina is ready -- and eager -- to face her life and career again.

"There have been people who've said, 'You shouldn't tell your story,' " says Jo Dee Messina. "But there is someone out there who's gonna need to hear this story."

Jo Dee's story is that of a woman who finally decided to do something about her drinking. After years of struggling with a secret addiction, she checked herself into a Utah rehab clinic in February. Today she's celebrating her new sobriety - and making sure she never falls off the wagon again.

"It wasn't a problem as extreme as things I see on a daily basis," says the singer of "Heads Carolina, Tails California," "I'm Alright," "Stand Beside Me," "Bring on the Rain" and other hits. "Yet it was something that needed help."

Jo Dee says she decided to go public with her alcohol problem in this exclusive Country Weekly interview so that others might benefit from her experience - especially others who might share her addiction. "I want them to know that they're not alone," she says, "because the scariest thing for an addict is they feel very alone and isolated in their feelings."

Pick up this week'sCountry Weeklyto read Jo Dee's story.

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