Drew Barrymore reveals she’s been sober for over two years

Actress, 40, says her battle with drug and alcohol addiction started young and she hopes that she can help others make it to 40 sober and fine-tuned

Drew Barrymore reveals she’s been sober for over two years

Actress Drew Barrymore says she has been sober for over two years after three decades battling substance abuse.

Barrymore, 40, says in an interview with People magazine: “[I’ve been] 2 months sober. I’m 40 years old!”

Barrymore’s life has been plagued by substance abuse, including drug and alcohol use, since she was a teenager. She was reported to have been arrested in 1996 for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and cocaine with intent to distribute. She also reportedly had a drug overdose in 2000 that left her in a coma.

A person close to Barrymore says she has dedicated her sobriety to her 20-month-old daughter, Olive.

“[Olive is] the first thing I ask for in the morning – a coffee, before I go to bed, every night,” she told People. “So I’m not letting addiction win. I’m not letting this be my life.”

Barrymore says she’s in a better place than when she was partying: “In a sense, I’ve detoxed and recuperated and now I’m able to do the work I want to do.”

She said she first started to realize she needed to get sober after finding herself in a car in Hollywood on the night of 30 April, 2014.

“I was driving around the midnight hours and then, I was like, ‘Oh, there’s a house party with drugs and alcohol!’” she said. “I called it off, and I got out, and I could just not shake it. I was just overwhelmed with the sense of your life as you know it and that it’s about to be cut off.”

Barrymore says she turns to family, yoga and good friends for support.

“I know how it feels to have bad habits, so I don’t want to make it something I don’t deserve,” she said. “I think it’s so incredible I’m in this place.”

Barrymore’s new film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which tells the story of controversial religion leader L Ron Hubbard and will air on HBO this month, opens on 16 December.

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