Drew Barrymore Says Her Therapist Quit Over Concerns About Her Drinking Habits

Drew Barrymore is getting candid in regards to the surprising challenges she’s skilled in her lifelong journey to sobriety.

In a Los Angeles Times profile revealed Monday, the actor and daytime discuss present host stated that Barry Michels, her therapist of greater than a decade, dropped her as a shopper following her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman.

At the time, Barrymore stated, Michels had expressed concern over how a lot her alcohol consumption had grown within the wake of the cut up. She and Kopelman, a former actor turned artwork marketing consultant, have been married for about 4 years.

“[Michels] just said, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” the “Santa Clarita Diet” star advised the Times. “It was really about my drinking. I said, ‘I get it. I’ve never respected you more. You see I’m not getting better. And I hope, one day, that I can earn your trust back.’”

Among those that have been additionally apprehensive for Barrymore’s well-being was her longtime pal and “Charlie’s Angels” co-star Cameron Diaz.

Though the expertise of seeing Barrymore in ache was “difficult to watch,” Diaz stated she by no means misplaced “absolute faith” in her pal.

Will Kopelman and Drew Barrymore cut up in 2016 after about 4 years of marriage.

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“You can’t even comprehend how hard it was to be her as a child,” Diaz stated, “and then she shot out the other end with the ability to save herself.”

“I think the opportunity at a show like this really hit me,” Barrymore advised the Times, noting that she doesn’t describe herself as “sober” and doesn’t attend Alcoholics Anonymous conferences. “I was like, ‘I can’t handle this unless I’m in a really clear place.’”

A Golden Globe winner for 2009’s “Grey Gardens,” Barrymore shot to fame at age 6 following her scene-stealing efficiency in “E.T.” Though she continued her early success with roles in films like “Firestarter” and “Cat’s Eye,” she’d undergone remedy for drug and alcohol dependancy by age 13. About a yr later, she was granted authorized emancipation from her mom, Jaid.

“Maybe people think, like, I figured out so many problems when I was young, because it was so hard then,” Barrymore advised “CBS Mornings” in 2021. “We continue to confront things with each decade of our life that almost surpasses what we thought we had seen. And I’m interested in that conversation ― that we don’t fix it, move on and it never breaks again. We are on that roller coaster.”

Need assist with substance use dysfunction or psychological well being points? In the U.S., name 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.