Daniella Westbrook has revealed she’s training as a therapist and open her own rehab centre after finally overcoming her drug addiction.
Speaking on Victoria Derbyshire, the ex-EastEnders star, 45, revealed she feels the happiest she’s been in six years after spending three months in rehab earlier this year.
Danniella also said that at her worst she was ‘trying to kill herself’ through the repeated use of drugs and alcohol as she also battled womb cancer after ignoring the symptoms for a year.
Candid: Daniella Westbrook has revealed she’s planning to train as a therapist and open her own rehab centre after finally overcoming her drug addiction
Danniella explained: ‘I think personally for me the only thing that’s going to stop me is keeping to the programme, helping others, helping the newcomer and getting involved with the treatment centre.
‘I’m hoping this September to start my therapist course so I can become a therapist. I’m doing an LVQ (Level 1 and 2) in social care so I can work for a detox centre.
‘My aim is to really get a treatment centre up and running in the next 12 months, and get as many free beds as we can for people in areas that can’t afford rehab.’
In May Daniella revealed she was about to finish her three month stint as an in-patient at a Bedfordshire clinic, arranged by The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Battling: Speaking on Victoria Derbyshire, the ex-EastEnders star, 45, revealed she feels the happiest she’s been in six years after spending three months in rehab earlier this year
Hard times: After first trying cocaine at the age of 14, Danniella shocked fans when the true extent of her cocaine use was revealed (above in 1999)
Reflecting her rehab stint, the star said: ‘I feel amazing now actually I’ve still got a long way to go I feel a lot better, it took me four or five weeks to level out to put on some weight, and really listen and learn about the disease I’ve got.’
The star went onto admit she struggled to control her demons as she self-medicated with drugs and alcohol and all the while ignored her symptoms for womb cancer.
‘I’ve always felt since I was child, irritable and restless, I’ve always had this voice inside me that needed filling I used that for drink and drugs and made it worse.
‘The second time around after 14 years sober the progression was very fast, at the end I relapsed because I wanted to not be here anymore, my mental health wasn’t in a good place I was too ashamed to tell people about it about how I felt I stopped taking all my medication.
Truthful: The star said: ‘My aim is to really get a treatment centre up and running in the next 12 months, and get as many free beds as we can for people in areas that can’t afford rehab’
Healing: She also reflected on a snap from last year ahead of her rehab stint (above) saying that despite her deterioration she ‘thought she looked OK’
‘I just felt that nobody understood that’s what my illness was telling me so I just went back to what didn’t let me down and that was drugs . At the end the worst it got I was taking three to four grams a day and drinking a bottle of vodka.
‘There wasn’t much good in the fridge I was vodka and cocaine I thought that was the only way to die. I was too scared to take my life any other way.
‘I tried to kill myself daily really through using and drinking alcohol and also on top of that I had the cancer diagnosis, which I just ignored for 12 months until my son gave up his house and moved in with me and was constantly on at me to see what I was doing with my life,’ Daniella said.
Hard times: The actress’ battles with drug addiction has been well-documented, and the star admitted that after being clean for 14 years she suffered a relapse last year (above in 2017)
Health woes: Danniella also revealed that ahead of being diagnosed with womb cancer she ignored the symptoms for the year as she was so low due to her drug and alcohol addiction
When asked whether she has been viewed different to others who have battled drug addiction, the reality star added: ‘Of course there is.
‘They’ll say they’re under pressure, it’s just a phase they’re going through, whereas with people like me they’re like ”Well they’re common and they’re a crackhead” or ”They’re a drug addict.” It’ll be stuff like that.
‘But at the end of the day, an addict is an addict is an addict. No matter whether you’re up here or down there, the same addiction eats you up the same way.’
Daniella also told Victoria she attends Alcoholics Anonymous every single day in a bid to stay on the straight and narrow.
The actress has been battling drug addiction on and off for more than 20 years, after first trying cocaine at the age of 14.
Determine: The reality star also told Victoria she attends Alcoholics Anonymous every single day in a bid to stay on the straight and narrow
Danniella famously made headlines in 1999 when the true extent of her drug use was revealed, as the cocaine had completely destroyed her nasal septum.
But despite getting clean and slowly rebuilding her career, the star suffered a shock relapse last year, which led to her appearance on Jeremy Kyle where she admitted to snorting up to 11 bags a day.
The actress also revealed she’s planning a trip to Turkey later this year for some surgery on her jaw and cheeks, after the bones were damaged by botched surgery and osteoporosis.
Getting better: The actress also revealed she’s planning a trip to Turkey later this year for some surgery on her jaw and cheeks
The star explained: ‘They’ve got to redo my teeth and put a metal plate in here, but I think I’m going off to Turkey to do that later this year, but I just want to get a certain amount of recovery underneath me.
‘While I’m not in any pain at the moment I’m just gonna let it go for a little bit longer.
‘Today the obsession is not on me, the obsession has been lifted on my, there are tools in place so that I can deal with it. I’ve got lots of good things going on. I’ve had a re-awakening in life, and reset my structure and that’s what’s going on.’
Victoria Derbyshire airs weekdays at 10am on BBC Two.
Jovial: Ahead of her TV appearance, Daniella was seen enjoying a fun-filled evening with some male pals in London’s Chinatown
Stylish: The mother-of-two cut a chic figure in an orange blazer and skinny black trousers as she headed out in the capital
Happy: Daniella looked happy and healthy as she enjoyed a ride on a rickshaw with the mystery man, after finally completing her rehab stint last month