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Eve has decided to open up and talk about her struggles with depression. The rapper and TV talk show host recently shared that at one point she was a heavy drinker who popped pain pills as a way to handle the issues that were going on in her life.

I was out of a toxic relationship, I didn’t have a TV show, I didn’t have a record deal. I was just kind of like, ‘What is happening to my life?’ So I started drinking. A lot. I started drinking and drinking and drinking because I didn’t want to deal with my emotions. I didn’t have anybody to really talk to. I was even popping Xanax and drinking to numb my pain. And at the time that I was in it, I didn’t see that I was harming myself. I just felt like I was coping but I really wasn’t. You think of harming yourself as cutting, but drinking and drugs is exactly the same thing in many ways.

She admits that a 2007 DUI was her wakeup call. She crashed her car into a cement divider and used the incident as a catalyst to turn her life around.

I got a DUI and it took my DUI to wake me up because I had to wear one of those ankle things and I didn’t want to because I knew it would force me to deal with my ‘S’, my stuff,. And thankfully I did and was able to get healthy. I prayed myself through it and I finally started figuring out the things that I needed to do to make myself healthy.

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