Drew Barrymore has revealed that giving up alcohol allowed her ‘to finally become free of the torture of guilt’ as she opened up about her sobriety.
The Charlie’s Angels actress, 47, discussed her three-and-a-half years of sobriety in an essay published in Take Care of Yourself, December’s addition of her monthly magazine titled, Drew.
The award winning actress wrote about her detachment from alcohol, as she called it ‘one of the most liberating things in my journey of life.’
Going sober: Drew Barrymore revealed that giving up alcohol allowed her ‘to finally become free of the torture of guilt’ as she opened up about her sobriety
Writing in her monthly magazine, Drew encouraged readers to put themselves first as she stated: ‘One of the bravest things you can do is slay those dragons and finally change an awful cycle in which you’ve found yourself stuck. For me, it was to stop drinking.’
Drew further admitted that giving up alcohol allowed her ‘to finally become free of the torture of guilt and dysfunction.’
In a message to readers, she continued: ‘Take a moment, take a breath, and give yourself a squeeze. We’re all just doing our best out here. And that in and of itself is something to celebrate.’
A world away: The Charlie’s Angels actress discussed her three-and-a-half years of sobriety having battled both alcohol and drug addiction in her youth, (pictured)
Aghast: The host of The Drew Barrymore Show became addicted to cocaine as a child actor that saw her briefly blacklisted from Hollywood at age, 12
The seasoned actress who rose to fame at 6-years-old for her performance as Gertie in the 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, battled both alcohol and drug addiction in her youth.
In 1989, Barrymore, then 14, detailed to People magazine how she had her first drink at nine, smoked pot at 10 and started using cocaine at 12. By 13, she had twice gone drug rehabilitation treatment.
She was briefly blacklisted from Hollywood at age 12.
Not one to shy away from her past addictions, Drew told CBS This Morning in December 2021 that ‘alcohol did not serve her.’
Drew would continue to say: ‘I would like to move forward in a more honest fashion that is more conducive to my mental peace.
‘Maybe people think I figured out so many problems when I was young, because it was so hard then’, she said.
Legendary: Drew launched to fame at the age of seven in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
‘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.’
She previously told The Sun: ‘I know what it’s like to lose and work for things and be so lucky and have the opportunities I have and everything in between. I don’t think there’s much to hide at this point.
Drew launched to fame at the age of seven in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, followed two years later by Firestarter.
As she approached her teens, the spotlight proved troublesome for Drew, whose mother Jaid was a socialite who allowed her daughter to accompany her to venues such as New York’s infamous Studio 54.
And by the ages of 12 to 14, the young actress quickly developed a reputation as a ‘party girl’ and ‘damaged goods’.
Tough time: Drew and her mom – pictured in 1991 – the actress was legally emancipated from Jaid at age 14
She was even sent to a mental institution by her mother – an experience Drew recently talked about with Paris Hilton, who guested on her show recently.
The visit was not short either. Drew had to stay for 18 months. ‘I used to laugh at those like Malibu 30 day places,’ she told the radio personality.
‘Malibu was sort of the opposite of the experience I had. I was in a place for a year and a half called Van Eyes Psychiatric.
‘And you couldn’t mess around in there and if you did, you would get thrown either in a padded room or get put in stretcher restraints, and tied up.’
Later, the starlet legally emancipated from her mother, and went about starting over in Hollywood.
Now, decades later, the successful star and mother is quick to acknowledge how fortunate she is.
‘I’m honored anyone will come on the show. I’m not an assuming person. I’ve been in this industry my whole life but I’m just as excited to be around people of note as anyone would be.’
Life is a roller coaster: Drew battled both alcohol and drug addiction from her youth as she said ‘maybe people think I figured out so many problems when I was young, because it was so hard then’