Famous model Cara Delevingne recently sat down for an interview to discuss her journey through addiction and recovery. In September of last year, photos were published that showed her struggling with her addiction in public, which was a wake-up call for her.
In the interview, Delevingne opened up about how she reached the realization that she needed help and how she found the strength to seek it out.
The Paparazzi Photos That Changed Everything
“At that point, there was a lot of people who were very worried, understandably so,” she said of the paparazzi photos. “But I wasn’t really worried, though...but that is the nature of the disease.
That is what addiction is”. The photos showed Delevingne waiting for transportation at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, spinning around and waving her arms while making a phone call.
The Road to Rehab
Delevingne admitted that she was scared to seek treatment, but she knew that it was the best thing for her. “All I knew is if I was continuing to go down the road I was, I would either end up dead or, like, doing something really, really stupid,” she said.
“That was scary. … Treatment was the best thing. It was always something I was very scared of, but I think I needed that community. I needed that support group”. The model also spoke about how she had tried quick-fix solutions in the past, such as weeklong retreats or courses for trauma, but they only provided temporary relief.
This time, she realized that 12-step treatment was the best option for her, and she wasn’t ashamed to seek it out. “The opposite of addiction is connection, and I really found that in 12-step,” she said.
Sober Living and a New Way of Life
Now fully sober, Delevingne is enjoying her newfound walk of life.
“It’s one of my favorite things to, like, go out and dance and have a good time but actually have, like, deep conversations and connections with people,” she said. She acknowledged that the road to recovery is not a simple one and that it doesn’t happen overnight. “Of course I want things to be instant — I think this generation especially, we want things to happen quickly — but I’ve had to dig deeper”.
Despite the challenges she still faces, Delevingne has no plans to give up. In the interview, she thanked her girlfriend Leah Mason for being by her side throughout her journey.
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