Trinny describes 10-year drink-and-drugs battle

TV stylist Trinny Woodall told how a 10-year battle with drink and drugs left her “emotionally bankrupt”.

TV stylist Trinny Woodall told how a 10-year battle with drink and drugs left her “emotionally bankrupt”.

The ‘What Not To Wear’ star said she started using abusing substances at the age of 16, and didn’t sober up for 10 years. By the time she was clean, she had lost three close friends to narcotics.

Although she didn’t go into specifics, Trinny – real name Sarah-Jane – said she “did everything” when it came to drugs and was originally in rehab by the age of 21, but was kicked out after a month.

She said: “My grandfather was an alcoholic, my uncle was an alcoholic, so I can definitely see the physical addiction through the generations. Once you're in the throes of addiction I don't think it matters what the substance is.”

She then said she finally made a pact with three of her friends, a woman and two men, to get sober when they were 26.

She explained: “It wasn't my worst drinking and using, but emotionally I was bankrupt. I felt I had nothing. All my ambition and drive had gone. All my connection with people had gone.

“I drove down to the rehab centre in my hire car, shoving all these pills in my mouth, these tranquilisers, and I crashed the car on the way. But when I finally got there I walked in and felt such a sense of relief.

“My last year of using and getting sober, that first year, was the toughest time of my life.”

After spending two years getting free of drugs, Trinny found all three of the friends she had made her pact with had died - her female friend had sobered up, but passed away from HIV-related pneumonia, while both her male friends died from accidental overdoses.

Speaking at the re-opening of relocated women-only rehabilitation centre, Hope House, in London, Trinny said how she had realised her second shot at rehab was her “last chance”.

She added: “There were times when rehab and the halfway house were very, very tough, but I never felt like I wanted to leave. I kind of felt it was my last chance, that I'd done all the drinking and using that I ever wanted to do.”

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