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Davina McCall opens up about her addictions, admitting I’ll ‘never be recovered’

Television star and former model Davina McCall has lifted the lid on her former demons , telling of her visits to Alcoholics Anonymous and the importance of talking to somebody about it.

The 49-year old told the Sunday People: “I’ll definitely never be recovered. I love going to my AA meetings and don’t think I will ever stop.

“They are very welcoming. All my mates are there, it’s a social thing and they inspire me.”

The former Big Brother host explained: “I started talking about it a long time ago because I wanted to tell people in my own words.

“I’m talking 25 years ago so it was especially shocking back then. I was the only presenter who had been an addict.”

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She continued: “Even us talking about this now is incredible because 20, 25 years ago it wouldn’t have happened which is ­fantastic – but we all still need to do more. In so many things, LGBT, mental health, addiction, poverty, racism, let’s just keep going forward.

“What’s important is it is not embarrassing ­any more and it’s not looked down upon to seek help. The main thing, whether it is mental health or addiction, is just that people talk about it.”

Queen of fitness DVD’s, Davina told of how she struggled in her your with a six-year addiction to cocaine, heroin and alcohol.

McCall told in a previous interview how she realised she had to get control of herself after everybody in her life walked out on her.

“The drink and drugs were getting serious – not just a party thing any more – and I was a mess,” she explained.

Davina revealed how her best-friend, Sarah, confronted her about the problem, saying: “I know you’re lying to me and I know you’ve been taking heroin.”

The moment proved to be a turning point in her life, as she continued: “I explained I knew she was right and I wanted to change. She forgave me and we had a massive cry. I went into the NA meeting that night and my life changed.”

Are you suffering or do you know anybody suffering with addiction or mental health problems? You’re not alone. If you feel you want to speak to somebody and get help, privately, then contact MIND, who have a range of support branches for addiction and mental health worries.

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