Hayden Panettiere Remembers Opiate and Alcohol Addiction: It Was Hard

Share her story. Hayden Panettiere She contemplates falling into a “cycle of self-destruction” due to her struggle with addiction.

The Nashville Alum, 32, is candid about her dependence on opioids and alcohol during an opening interview with People, published on Wednesday, July 6, “I was on top of the world and ruined it,” admitted how drug use affected her career. “I think I hit rock bottom, but then there’s that door that opens.”

Panettiere has done “a lot of work” to overcome her addiction, revealing that she needs trauma therapy and inpatient treatment, both of which she has attended over the past year. “It wasn’t easy and there was a lot of ups and downs,” Young Champion said of her sober journey. But I don’t regret even the ugliest things that have happened to me. I feel incredibly accomplished. I feel like I have a second chance.”

according to Remember the giants The actress, was offered “Happy Pills” at the age of fifteen before walking the red carpet or appearing at other major Hollywood events. “They made me feel so energized during the interviews,” she recalls. “I had no idea that this was not a good thing, or what the door would open for me when it came to my addiction. … And as I got older, drugs and alcohol became something I couldn’t live without.”

The New Yorker starred as Claire Bennett Champions From 2006 to 2010, she later played the role of rising country star Juliette Barnes Nashville. Panettiere found herself connected to her character on a deep level, especially when she was pregnant with her daughter Kaya. (The now 7-year-old actress is engaged to an ex Vladimir Klitschko.)

“Those were really tough years,” stripes racing The star remembers. “I can talk about a lot of these story lines, like alcoholism and postpartum depression. They hit close to home.”

Panettiere previously opened up about her postpartum depression experience in 2017 good morning america At the time she felt it made her a “better” mother. “It takes time. You feel comfortable. You don’t feel like yourself,” she added. “But, you know, women are very resilient, and that’s the amazing thing about them. I think I’m stronger for that.”

The I love you Beth Cooper The star emphasized People She did not drink during pregnancy, but the temptation returned after her birth. “I never felt like I wanted to hurt my baby, but I didn’t want to spend any time with her,” she said. “There was just this gray in my life.”

Her addiction later caused the breakdown of her relationship with Klitschko. The duo dated between 2009 and 2018. “He didn’t want to be around me,” Panettiere said of her now ex-husband. “I didn’t want to be around. But with opioids and alcohol I would do whatever made me feel happy for a moment. Then I would feel worse than I had before. I was in a cycle of self-destruction.”

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Panettiere was rushed to the hospital because her drinking had become out of control, remembering doctors telling her “my liver is about to give up.” After his separation from the professional boxer, he Scream The star chose to send Kaya to live with Klitschko in Ukraine while she was trying to get sober. “It was the hardest thing I ever had to do,” she said. “But I wanted to be a good mother to her – and that sometimes meant letting her go.”

Throughout her years in the spotlight, he has been Bring it on: all or nothing The actress has experienced many highs and lows. I started dating Brian Hickerson After breaking up with Klitschko in 2018, Hickerson was arrested on domestic violence charges later that year following an alleged altercation between the then-couple. He was charged with a felony domestic violence offense and the attorney general requested a protection order that he could not come within 100 yards of Panettiere or contact her by phone, email or a third party, but the charges were dropped in 2019.

Hickerson was arrested again in July 2020 after punching ice princess star in the face. He did not appeal two criminal charges of injuring a spouse or girlfriend, and the remaining six charges of domestic violence and assault were dismissed. He spent 33 days in prison, was also placed on probation for four years and paid a $500 fine.

EXCLUSIVELY A source said: “Hayden says people can learn from their mistakes” us weekly earlier this year after Hickerson took part in a fight in Los Angeles. “She swears Brian has changed for the better since he’s been in prison, and anger management classes taught him to control his temper.”

If you or someone you know has substance abuse, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

If you or someone you know experiences domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support.

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