Lena Dunham gets candid about her history with prescription drugs.

Dunham covers the March issue of Cosmopolitan and reflects on the drug addiction she picked up in late 2017, early 2018. Dunham was prescribed medication while recovering from a hysterectomy but soon found herself taking it to help cope with her split from Jack Antonoff.

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Lena Dunham. Photo: Cosmopolitan UK/Matthew Eades
Lena Dunham. Photo: Cosmopolitan UK/Matthew Eades

“It got really complicated. I realized I wasn’t just taking medication for physical pain, I was taking medication for the emotional pain, too,” Dunham says. “And then suddenly, especially this stuff, the benzos [benzodiazepines, a common type of anxiety medication], it changes your brain chemistry and suddenly you’re not yourself.

“You’re not present. You’re not functional. One day, I looked around and I was lying in a bed in my parents’ apartment under two blankets, in the same pyjamas I’d been in for three days, and I was like, ‘This isn’t me.’ It wasn’t that I was suicidal. I felt nothing. I didn’t want to live.”

Since then, Dunham has managed to sober up and salvage a friendship with Antonoff.

“I think it’s been 14 months now that I’ve just been totally single. I may have smooched a guy at a party once but that’s not illegal,” she shares. “I hang out with my dogs, my cats.”

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Lena Dunham. Photo: Cosmopolitan UK/Matthew Eades
Lena Dunham. Photo: Cosmopolitan UK/Matthew Eades

“It’s created a lot of clarity because I think [for] so many of us,” Dunham continues. “Even though the world has become much more sex-positive, as young, ambitious, independent women our relationship to sex is fraught and complicated.”

The March issue of Cosmopolitan is on sale Jan. 30.