Demi Moore On Substance Abuse Issues: ‘I Had Absolutely No Value For Myself’

Demi Moore is getting candid about her struggles with substance abuse and self-worth.

“The Scarlet Letter” actress delivered a meaningful speech at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

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“I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiralling down a path of real self-destruction,” Moore said at the event supporting women recovering from substance abuse. “And no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough.”

“I had absolutely no value for myself. And this self-destructive path, it very quickly … brought me to a real crisis point,” she continued. “And it wasn’t clear at the time the reason — maybe it was divine intervention — but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity.”

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Moore said the “opportunity” was more of an “ultimatum” than anything else. “Unless I was dead, I better show up. They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything,” she explained. “Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

The actress dealt with drug and alcohol addiction in the mid-1980s. In 2012, she was hospitalized after collapsing into convulsions and went to rehab for addiction and an eating disorder, according to People.

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