British television personality and fashion advisor, Trinny Woodall has revealed that she has dealt with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol for many years in recent comments shared for the Spectator.
She identifies herself as an alcoholic and an addict, asserting that she has suffered from the disease of addiction.
The fashion star still attends twelve step meetings and continues the process of rehabilitation but has managed to rebuild her life and fight the battle against her disease.
Woodall remains concerned with preventing relapse and turns to her support group which she says is there to keep her alive.
Early Experiences with Drugs
Trinny Woodall has been involved in fashion since she first began writing columns and fashion advice books along with Susannah Constantine. The two became hosts of the BBC program known as "What Not to Wear" and eventually released their own clothing lines.
In spite of her success and fame, Woodall has always had issues with drinking and drugs since her teenage years. Although she had a fairly normal childhood, the fashion star became involved in drug use through the influence of friends.
Woodall first tried cocaine when she was only 16 and moved London with her older sister. Hoping to impress her sister's friends and fit in with their glamorous crowd, she began using cocaine with them on the weekends. The drug gave her a feeling of confidence which she lacked as an adolescent.
A few years later her drug use began to escalate and she was forced to confess the problem to her family who had grown concerned about how much she had changed. They asked her to quit but after two weeks of abstaining from cocaine use and starting again she ended up in the hospital due to an overdose.
Getting Help for Addiction
At the age of 21, Woodall attended a rehab program along with twelve step meetings but eventually relapsed when offered drugs again only a few months later. Over the next five years she also began to develop a drinking problem, consuming an entire bottle of vodka a night along with taking cocaine and pills.
It wasn't until she turned 26 that Woodall finally reached a point where she truly wanted to end her addictions. She spent seven months in a primary care center followed by six months in a halfway house.
She went to support group meetings every single day for three months and began to recognize herself as a sick person in recovery. What helped her through the most was trying to find a more spiritual path and talking with other people who had been through addiction and were leading a more stable life in recovery.
Her experiences at twelve step meetings have given her the strength to turn her life around. Woodall has gone on to become a successful television personality but she still relies on her support groups for stability.
The Reality Of Addiction
She continues to think of herself as an addict and a person with a disease. Her addiction recovery program is the only thing she has to prevent her from regressing and going back to her former abusive lifestyle.
When she first went to rehab she wondered why she has the particular disease of addiction and why she struggled so much to recover. She had a grandfather who was an alcoholic and an uncle who died of alcoholism which could have contributed to her addictive tendencies through genetic influence.
When a person identifies as an addict it takes an tremendous amount of courage. The idea of identifying the problems that you struggle with is the most important step on the road to recovery. Without the identification of a problem, there can be no serious recovery.
Realizing that addiction is a disease she will always have helps her to focus more on living a healthy life. She continues to fight her addiction and take steps to prevent any kind of relapse so that she can maintain her sober lifestyle.