When Pooja Bhatt opened up about her battle with alcoholism
Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt is celebrating her 49th birthday today. Last year the actress had opened up about her alcohol addiction in a social media post. Pooja had revealed that she has overcome her struggle with alcohol addiction and has been sober for more than three years. The Sadak 2 actress had said that having been an open drinker she wanted her recovery journey to be public as well. She came out victorious and did not let alcohol get the best of her.
She gave much inspiration to others who were struggling with similar addictions by saying they are not Alone. Alia Bhatt‘s sister had written in her Instagram post, “I truly felt it was important to share my journey to tell others, women especially, who might be struggling that they are not alone & if I could do it so could they.”
Last year, Pooja had posted on her Instagram handle that she has been sober for more than three years now. In the caption, she wrote, “Three yrs & nine months sober today. One more quarter and I will be four. As someone who drank openly, I chose to recover openly.”
The actress revealed that she was ridiculed by some but lauded by most for being courageous. She wrote, “I wondered why people termed speaking openly about addiction issues courageous. And also why there is an ‘anonymous’ attached to groups that help you recover. I understand more than ever today that it’s because people simplify/stigmatise addictive behaviour & tend to criminalise it without attempting to understand why someone used a substance to begin with.”
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The Jism 2 director also said that alcohol was her drug of choice. “Alcohol is a drug, and was my drug of choice. Just because it is socially acceptable does not mean it is not. I have had to make more excuses for NOT drinking in the last few yrs than I ever have for drinking-to friends,foes and ‘well’ meaning acquaintances alike A fractured society can only heal & evolve when we attempt to ‘understand’ instead of constantly standing in judgement. When we empathise instead of vilify. Until then and even beyond, I will continue to speak from a place of compassion & truth,in the hope that there is ONE person out there I could goad to start on their own journey of sobriety and stay on their path. So help me God! #sobrietyrocks #eachonereachone #eachonehealone #onedayatatime #onestepatatime #youarenotalone(sic),” she had shared in her post.
You can read her entire post below:
On Pooja’s 49th birthday, we wish her a very happy birthday.