Jemima Kirke Candidly Speaks About Drug and Alcohol Issues: “I Don’t Feel Like an Addict”
The Girls star opened up to Anna David‘s podcast, Recover Girl, telling the host all about her struggles with alcohol and drugs. Despite needing treatment, Kirke told David that her partying ways didn’t stem from a need to repress feelings but instead recognized it as a “tool.”
“I didn’t relate to [AA’s] psychic need for the alcohol. I recognized it as a tool and I know how to use it as a tool,” she explained. “I’m not someone who drinks excessively but I will drink for a reason sometimes. It’s a problem more than addiction. I think that’s possible.”
What “sealed” her “coffin” before finally agreeing to rehab was one final all-nighter.
The next day, however, she tried to back out but her mom forced her to check in. “I learned a lot about myself in rehab,” she said.
Kirke entered her first rehab facility, The Meadows, when she was 23. “It was fun,” she shared. “I have a lot of sober friends who never got to go to rehab. It was fun. It was just nice.”
Afterwards, she went to a facility named Lifeskills and then onto an “awful” place she didn’t name.
“I recognize that I use things as an anesthesia, and that can be anything, from shopping to sex…anything it’s an anesthesia.”