Drew Barrymore is a household name, but few people know the personal struggles she has faced throughout her life.
Growing up in the public eye, Drew experienced substance abuse, a tumultuous family life, and mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety.
Drew’s journey to recovery started when she was only 13 years old when she was placed in a mental institution.
In a 2014 interview with People magazine, Drew spoke about this experience, saying, “I was in there for a year and a half. I was very rebellious. I started smoking cigarettes when I was nine, and I think I stole my first car when I was 12. I was going to clubs and not going to school and stealing my mom’s car and, you know, I was out of control.”
During her time in the institution, Drew received therapy and support from professionals who helped her confront her demons and start the healing process.
As she stated in a 2020 interview with Glamour, “I was really scared and really young, but I wanted to get better. And that was such a profound moment of my life.”
After leaving the institution, Drew continued to work on her recovery and started therapy sessions with a new therapist. In a 2016 interview with InStyle, she shared, “I love therapy. I’m in therapy all the time… I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy.”
Through therapy, Drew learned to confront her emotions, set boundaries, and cultivate healthy habits. As she stated in the same InStyle interview, “I’m very disciplined about therapy and about finding new ways of growth and healing.”
Drew’s journey to recovery hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. She has used her experiences to inspire others and advocate for mental health awareness. In a 2018 interview with Today, she shared, “I think that everyone’s life journey is about finding that courage and finding that strength to keep moving forward, and to keep acknowledging that there’s stuff to work on and there’s stuff to face.”
Drew Barrymore’s story is a powerful reminder that no matter what challenges you may face, there is hope for healing and growth.
Seeking therapy can be a vital tool in your journey towards mental and emotional wellness, just as it has been for Drew.
If you’re ready to start or continue your own journey to recovery, I encourage you to book a therapy session with me. As a counsellor, hypnotherapist and life-coach I can provide a safe and supportive space for you to work through your challenges and achieve your goals.
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