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Danniella Westbrook having 'intense' therapy sessions

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Danniella Westbrook having 'intense' therapy sessions

Danniella Westbrook has been having "intense" therapy sessions.

The former 'EastEnders' actress - who has famously battled with an addiction to cocaine - has opened up about her recent attempts to end her life by overdosing on the drug to claim she's now getting the help she needed.

She said: "I've just gone back to doing therapy again, quite a lot of intense therapy. I think you can never stop working on yourself and if you want to prevent things happening in your life, you need to keep moving on and moving forwards.

"I do feel very blessed that I'm still here and I do feel ashamed that I made a huge mistake with my relapse and everything.

"I do feel ashamed for my weakness. I have to keep that at the forefront of my mind [because] if I don't, it's a very dangerous place for me."

The 42-year-old actress - whose split from fiance Tom Richards, 25, earlier this year triggered her relapse - says she's now feeling happy again.

She told ITV's 'Loose Women': "I am in a good place because I've embraced recovery and I've embraced therapy and not tried to lie to people. As addicts we always find the little loop hole where we can slip and slide and lie to people and to ourselves, in case we want that back door left open to go out and use, and I've decided to get really real and honest. I'm 42 and I need to be me, I need to be happy in my own heart, not for other people, and I need to get on. I'm not going to say I'm never going to mess up or there might be a time when I'm not going to be depressed, but at the moment I'm in a good place. I've got my good mates around me and I've got my kids in my life and we've got our health so you can't be much happier that that!"