“It’s been long enough where I’ve been in a lifestyle that I know is really working.”
The Drew Barrymore Show The host opened up about her personal life while appearing on CBS Mornings This week. Speaking to Gayle King, Drew revealed that she has abstained from drinking for more than two years and explained why she chose to abstain.
“When you get stuck in a pattern or if you’re going through things and you not only accept them out loud, you force yourself to say, ‘I’m ready to make big changes,'” I think we all think we are too weak when we don’t make those changes,” she said.
“That inner dialogue proves to us, ‘You’re not capable of changing. You’re weak. You’re stuck,'” Drew continued. “And when you break that cycle, the empowerment that comes out of it is saying ‘I’m not weak, I’m really strong, I’ve proven myself that I’m capable of change,’ and I believe that people are capable of big changes.”
Drew describes her path to sobriety as a “quiet, confident journey,” the details of which she deliberately kept to herself.
“I just want to find out and go about it without a profession, without anything public,” she said. “And now it’s been long enough where I’m in a lifestyle that I know is really working on a high road for my short journey, and there’s a lot of peace where the demons eventually were.”
Earlier, Drew opened up about experiencing depression following her “really painful” divorce from Will Kopelman in 2016 during an interview machine gun Kelly Feather The Drew Barrymore Show.
“I wasn’t doing very well and I just wanted to talk to some people and how to get myself out of a hole and I had these two kids I had to fight for and I needed help,” Drew told her guest, who spoke about her own experiences struggling with mental health.
“So I started reaching out to different people and eventually, I actually made some big, sweeping changes in my life and I was on a new track,” she continued. “Not back on track, but a new one that I helped build.”