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Danniella Westbrook quits 'cocaine and champagne' after relapsing in addiction battle

The 47-year-old has struggled with addiction for years and publicly relapsed in 2014 after 14 years sober
Danniella Westbrook (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Danniella Westbrook (Lewis Whyld/PA)

Neasa Cumiskey

Danniella Westbrook has admitted that she has relapsed in her drug and alcohol addiction but is now getting the help she needs.

The 47-year-old, who is best known for playing Sam Mitchell in EastEnders, has struggled with addiction for years and publicly relapsed in 2014 after 14 years sober.

However, in an honest Instagram post on Monday, she shared that she had had “slipped” from sobriety but is “done with the drinking” and ready to get her life back on track.

Danniella told her 67,400 followers: “Ok so here goes …. HONESTY POST. Ok so it’s no secret since leaving rehab I’ve slipped and [slid] more than I have been straight I guess.

“But today I’ve joined a new gym restarted my herbal life and going back to the rooms tonight. I’m done with the drinking the occasional packet and night out I’m totally over it.

“I know the best years of my whole adult life was the 14 years I spent clean and sober. So today’s the day I go back own my s**t pick up the newcomers' ring with pride not shame.

“I’m all in sick and tired of being sick and tired and feeling shame and a fraud when people tell me I’m doing well. I’ve done better this time round but I’m done I’m so bloody bored of it all.”

She continued her brave post by saying: “Hello I’m Danniella and I’m a recovering drug addict.

“I’m ready to work every step. I’m excited to be off service and do what I’m called to giving back to others seeking a solution to this threefold illness if alcoholism and addiction.

“I haven’t had a rock bottom this time I’m just all over the whole vicious circle that is crippling disease that stops me and from being the best me I can be and from reaching my full potential. I’m lucky this time I’m not crawling in the rooms a sniveling skinny bag head…

“I was meant for more than this and these last few years f**king about has shown me, that cocaine and champagne ain’t got the high I want.”

Danniella then said that she wants to get a “natural high” from life’s opportunities and is ready to welcome the people who can help her back into her life with her “head held high.”

Concluding her post, she said: “So that’s me done... see you all on the sunny side of life... And to anyone struggling wake up and change your life before it clamors yours. We’re all worth it.”

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