Drew Barrymore says she’s been sober for over 2 years – Insider

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  • Drew Barrymore recently decided to publicly discuss her recent experience with sobriety.
  • The actress and talk-show host told CBS she hadn't drank alcohol "in two and a half years."
  • Barrymore says she was inspired to be public about her sobriety after interviewing Machine Gun Kelly.

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Drew Barrymore says she's been on a sobriety journey for the last few years, and decided to speak openly about it after interviewing Machine Gun Kelly about mental health during a recent episode of "The Drew Barrymore Show."

"I've been very private about a lot of my struggles," the actress and TV host said during a sit-down with CBS. "I'm going to say something for the first time in a long time: I have not had a drink of alcohol in two and a half years."

Barrymore, whose own show is hosted on CBS, was speaking with morning show cohosts Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil and Nate Burleson about her recent chat with Machine Gun Kelly. Barrymore told them she had a whole segment planned for her episode with Kelly, but tossed the plan out the window when Kelly opened up about mental-health struggles. Their conversation turned to pattern-breaking, and Barrymore decided to continue the conversation during her CBS interview.

That's when she divulged that she hadn't drank alcohol over the last two and a half years. "It was something I realized just does not serve me in my life," she said.

Barrymore says part of the process was admitting out loud that she was stuck in a pattern and "going through things," and decided to change her inner dialogue to say "I'm willing to make big changes."

When asked by CBS what the difference was in herself before sobriety, Barrymore turned to a favorite quote of hers.

"I love this quote: 'Insecurity is loud, confidence is quiet,'" she said. "This was something I didn't talk to people about for years because it was this quiet, confident journey of just going, 'I just want to figure this out and go about this with no profession, no public anything. Let me do this quietly and privately.' And now it's been long enough where I know I'm in a lifestyle that is really working on a high road."

In the premiere episode of the new "Drew Barrymore Show" season, the actress returned to a psychiatric facility where her mom sent her for 18 months when she was 13 years old after Barrymore started partying and being a "wild child." Previous reporting from Barrymore's memoir says she called herself a "party girl" and had already been sent to rehab at age 12.

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Barrymore, circa 1990.

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Barrymore told CBS in her new interview that being in her 40s has brought new perspective on having control over your own behavior and cycles.

"We continue to confront things with each decade of our life that almost surpasses what we thought we had seen," she said. "And I'm interested in that conversation — that we don't fix it, move on, and then it never breaks again. We are on that roller coaster."

She continued: "There is one thing we have control over and it is our behavior — our reaction, our patterns, the cycles we need to break, the way we treat people and how we process all of it and what we put out there. Now working from that space, that's changed so much for me."

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