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Putting Recovery On The Map

04-11-19 | By

Lena Dunham Celebrates One Year of Sobriety

Lena Dunham is celebrating one year of sobriety.

“Today I’m in the miraculous position of being one year sober. I’ve done a lot of cool things in this life, but none has brought me the peace, joy and lasting connections that being part of a sober fellowship has (not even all girls camp. Sorry, Bunk Kingfisher).” The actress captioned a photo of herself on Wednesday giving a thumbs-up to the camera.

“My Particular Passion Was Klonopin”

In October, the “Girls” creator revealed she was misusing prescription drugs during a Dax Shepard podcast, “Armchair Expert,” revealing she was six months sober.

“I’ve been sober for six months,” she said at the time. “My particular passion was Klonopin.”

Dunham said she started taking the medication after her anxiety became so intense that it held her back from daily activities and hindered her work. “I was having crazy anxiety and having to show up for things that I didn’t feel equipped to show up for,” she explained. “But I know I need to do it, and when I take a Klonopin, I can do it.”

She stated the drug made her “feel like the person I was supposed to be.” She continued, “it was like suddenly I felt like the part of me that I knew was there was freed up to do her thing.”

Over the years, Dunham said she started taking Klonopin more frequently. “It stopped being ‘I take one when I fly,’ to ‘I take one when I’m awake.’ “

“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,” she noted. Dunham said the dosage was increased after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Life Is Still Challenging”

Dunham stated she “had an issue with drugs for a long time” but said that it took her a long time to come to the realization because she was “outwardly successful” and the drugs were prescribed by a doctor.

“I didn’t know I had an issue with drugs for a long time: because they were doctor prescribed, because I was outwardly successful and not a wild in da club party chick. But wouldn’t you say that hurting people you love is an issue? Wouldn’t you say feeling lost and lonely much of the time is an issue? Wouldn’t you say wearing shorts to a movie premier *is* an issue? She explained.

Later, Dunham said that while she’s had her “fair share of opioid experiences” due to her health issues, she didn’t realize just how hard it would be to quit.

“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 fucking clutching the walls and the hair is blowing off your head and you can’t believe you found yourself in this situation,’” she said. “Now the literal smell of the inside of pill bottles makes me want to throw up.”

The 32-year-old went onto encourage others struggling with addiction, and is embracing all of the ups and downs her newfound sobriety has to offer.

“Sobriety hasn’t fixed my world. Life is still challenging,” Dunham said. “I don’t need to escape this beautiful carnival. Instead, I’m on the ride. Please remember you are never too far gone, too broken or too unique. There are people in plain sight waiting to help you. Let’s do this.”

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Today I’m in the miraculous position of being one year sober. I’ve done a lot of cool things in this life, but none has brought me the peace, joy and lasting connections that being part of a sober fellowship has (not even all girls camp. Sorry, Bunk Kingfisher.) Life is full of problems, but the cool thing about this one is that there is a solution: in every city, in many countries, you can find a group of people who are working hard to live sober, accountable lives and want to support you on your quest to do the same. I didn’t know I had an issue with drugs for a long time: because they were doctor prescribed, because I was outwardly successful and not a wild in da club party chick. But wouldn’t you say that hurting people you love is an issue? Wouldn’t you say feeling lost and lonely much of the time is an issue? Wouldn’t you say wearing shorts to a movie premiere *is* an issue? Sobriety hasn’t fixed my world. Life is still challenging- that’s the nature of the game. But every day I am surprised by the richness and depth of, well, reality. I don’t need to escape this beautiful carnival. Instead, I’m on the ride. Please remember you are never too far gone, too broken or too unique. There are people in plain sight waiting to help you. Let’s do this.

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