Lena Dunham revealed she’s been sober for six months as she spoke to Dax Shepard for his podcast Armchair Expert.
The 32-year-old explained how she was prescribed the drug Klonopin (brand name of clonazepam) after suffering from extreme anxiety. However, she insisted nobody told her how hard it would be to come off it.
The “Girls” star, who insisted drugs like Xanax are seen as “normal,” especially within the showbiz industry, shared, “I’ve been sober for six months. My particular passion was Klonopin.
“I was having crazy anxiety and having to show up for things that I didn’t feel equipped to show up for. But I know I need to do it, and when I take a Klonopin, I can do it. It stopped being ‘I take one when I fly,’ to ‘I take one when I’m awake.’”
Dunham revealed she was diagnosed with “pretty serious PTSD,” which, ultimately, resulted in her feeling like she was living with a constant panic attack.
“I didn’t have any trouble getting a doctor to tell me, ‘No, you have serious anxiety issues, you should be taking this. This is how you should be existing.’ I have a few sexual traumas in my past and then I had all these surgeries and then I had my hysterectomy after a period of really extreme pain.
“It stopped feeling like I had panic attacks and it started feeling like I was a living panic attack. The only thing that was notable was the parts of the day where I didn’t feel like I was going to barf and faint.”
The actress added that there were a solid three years when she was “misusing benzos, even though it was all quote unquote doctor-prescribed.”
Dunham recalled, “Nobody I know who are prescribed these medications is told, ‘By the way, when you try and get off this, it’s going to be like the most hellacious acid trip you’ve ever had where you’re f—– clutching the walls and the hair is blowing off your head and you can’t believe you found yourself in this situation.’
“Now the literal smell of the inside of pill bottles makes me want to throw up. I still feel like my brain is recalibrating itself to experience anxiety. I just feel literally on-my-knees grateful every day.”