With the stigma that continues to surround illnesses such as alcoholism and addiction, it is no surprise that so many affected people choose to keep it a secret. Many fear that they will be judged by others and would prefer to hide their illness due to shame or embarrassment.
However, most will eventually speak out when they manage to overcome their issues. Once these individuals understand more about addiction and the fact that it is an illness that can affect absolutely anyone, he or she may be more willing to talk to others about their experiences.
Actress Eliza Dushku has never hidden the fact that she drinks alcohol, but until recently, she has chosen to keep the reason to herself. She has now opened up about the addiction problems that affected her. At a Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness held in New Hampshire (US), she talked about how she is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.
At the summit, which was attended by 8,000 students, Eliza explained that she had first started using drugs when she was just fourteen years old. She said, “Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I am an alcoholic and I was a drug addict for a lot of years. You hear people say ‘I am that’ because I am that and I’m always going to be that, but the difference between me and an alcoholic or drug addict that still drinks and does drugs is that I am sober.”
She went on to explain, “I loved the first time I took a drug because I loved how it made me feel; I loved the way it made me not feel, and I didn’t have to feel. It was fun, and I loved it until it wasn’t. Drugs didn’t love me; they didn’t love my family. They definitely didn’t love my friends that died; I have a lot of friends that are dead.”
Eliza told the audience that the bad decisions she made while addicted to drugs resulted in her being banned from seeing her toddler niece. She admits that her brother was right to take this decision, and said, “I’m a good person, but when I did drugs and I drank, I didn’t make good decisions. And all it takes is one bad decision.”
She said that the motivation to get clean came from her family, but stated that the reason she maintains her sobriety is down to herself. She added, “I got sober at first for my family because I had gotten to a point where I felt so sick about myself; I was depressed I didn’t like myself but I love my family. I got sober for my family, but today I’m sober for me, and I’m sober for you. Drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we are more powerful.”
As with all recovering addicts, Eliza must be vigilant about the threat of relapse and admits that when her father was dying of cancer three years ago, one of his pills fell on the floor and she was tempted to take it. Thankfully, she managed to avoid this situation and said that it was because she knew how important her sobriety was.
She said that she enjoys sober life and at the age of thirty-six, has returned to education.
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Source: Eliza Dushku reveals she battled drug addiction to the point she was banned from seeing her niece (Daily Mail)