Drew Barrymore Reveals her Therapist Was so Concerned by her Post-Divorce Drinking that He Quit

Drew’s alcohol issues were so intense that even her therapist gave up on her.

American actress, film producer, and talk show host Drew Barrymore said her therapist, Barry Michels, quit after concerns over her post-divorce drinking problems.

In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Charlie’s Angels star opened up about her struggles with alcohol after her split from Will Kopelman.

“He just said, “I can’t do this anymore,”‘ she revealed to the outlet.

“It was really about my drinking. I said, “I get it. I’ve never respected you more. You see I’m not getting better. And I hope, one day, that I can earn your trust back.”‘

The former couple announced their divorce in August 2016 after four years of marriage.

Drew and Will share two daughters together – Olive, 10, and Frankie, 8.

The 50 First Dates star added that her divorce felt like a personal failure because she always wanted to give their daughters a happy nuclear family.

After watching her breakdown and struggles with alcohol, one of Drew’s closest friends, Cameron Diaz, said the situation was “difficult to watch.”

“But I knew that if we all stuck with her and gave her the support she needed, she would find her way,” Diaz told the L.A. Times.  

“I have absolute faith in her. You can’t even comprehend how hard it was to be her as a child, and then she shot out the other end with the ability to save herself.”

Eventually, in 2019, when Barrymore started hosting her talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, she started to feel better and quit booze.

“I think the opportunity at a show like this really hit me,”

The 48-year-old Blended actress revealed that she didn’t touch alcohol after filming the first episode of her show.

“I was like, ‘I can’t handle this unless I’m in a really clear place.’”

Two years after he quit on her, Drew contacted her therapist, Michels, and the duo resumed their professional relationship.

“You seem to be so inspired by everybody else, but you treat yourself like s—,” she said of herself. “When are you going to be enough for yourself?”

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Source:  Los Angeles Times

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