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Drew Barrymore on drink battle and finding peace where there were demons

Dec 15, 2021

Hollywood star Drew Barrymore has opened up about her secret drink battle, explaining that she now finds "peace where there were demons".

Speaking on CBS Mornings, Drew explained that she has now been sober for more than two years after she realised that she was fine without it, as it no longer "served her".

The 46-year-old star spoke of how she feels strong and capable of change.

“I just wanted to go about this with no profession, no public anything,” Drew said while appearing on the programme.

“And now it’s been long enough where I’m in a lifestyle which I know is really working on a high road for my little journey. There’s so much peace finally being had where there were demons.”

She went on: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a revolt against the perfection right now that we are all forced to see and feel through social media.

“We’re in an impasse and a crux of a moment, we’re talking about how we figure ourselves out, how we fix ourselves takes a journey and solutions,” she explained.

Drew has been super candid lately, and on her show The Drew Barrymore Show, she even opened up about her mental health battles throughout her life.

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In September, she visited the mental health institution where she was admitted as a teenager, telling viewers: "I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me.

“They drove me here in the middle of the night and they walked me through those two doors and when you go through those two doors you do not come out. And I was there for a year and a half."

Rising to fame at just six years old when she starred in E.T, Drew has battled with mental health and substance abuse since a young age.

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At just 12 years old, Drew became addicted to cocaine, which "got her blacklisted in Hollywood", and when she was 14 she attempted suicide.

Speaking on CBS she said: "Maybe people think, like, I figured out so many problems when I was young, because it was so hard then.

"We continue to confront things with each decade of our life that almost surpasses what we thought we had seen.

"I'm interested in that conversation – we don't fix it, move on and it never breaks again. We are on that roller coaster."

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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