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.
“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.”
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.