“Occasionally, a therapist has to suspend treatment until a patient is willing to stop certain chronic self-destructive behaviors that impede therapy,” Barry Michels told Entertainment Weekly in a statement. Wednesday.
Barrymore told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that Michels — known for treating Gwyneth Paltrow and for co-authoring the book “The Tools” with Phil Stutz — previously stopped sessions with her after a decade of working together.
The “Charlie’s Angels” star explained it after her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman, she began drinking again and Michels was concerned about her alcohol intake.
“(Michels) just said, ‘I can’t do this anymore,'” the “Santa Clarita Diet” star told the Times. “It was really about my drinking. I said, ‘I get it. I’ve never respected you more. You can see I’m not getting any better. And I hope one day I can earn your trust back.'”
Michels confirmed to the Times that he and Barrymore have since resumed their sessions because Barrymore decided to stop drinking.
“Fortunately, in this case, I was dealing with Drew Barrymore — one of the strongest and most faithful people I’ve ever met,” Michels elaborated to Entertainment Weekly. “She did the right thing for herself and we were able to resume our treatment together.”
Barrymore has had a long road to recovery from substance abuse stemming from her difficult experiences as a child in Hollywood.
She became famous at the age of 6 after her scene-stealing performance in “ET”. At the age of 13, however, she had undergone treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. About a year later she was granted legal release from her mother, Jaid.
Barrymore told People in 2022 that although she beat her drug addiction when she was younger, drinking had remained “a constant” for her.
But Barrymore told the Times that getting her daytime talk show inspired her to quit drinking in 2019. And she told People that thanks to “The Drew Barrymore Show,” she has a job she loves that engages her curiosity and makes her feel fulfilled.
“This has been, without a doubt, the best decade of my life,” she told People. “It wasn’t just the most amazing, it was the one where I feel like I’ve killed more dragons than I’ve ever done in my entire life.”
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