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Drew Barrymore Claims Her Therapist Quit Working With Her After Her Drinking Worsened In 2016

Drew and ex-husband Will

You ever drink so much that even your therapist quits on you? Drew Barrymore can raise her hand to that. The 48-year-old actress sat down for an interview with the Los Angeles Times this past week, and she did not hold back during the interview.

She claims that she went through a very difficult time following her divorce from Will Kopelman in 2016. She started drinking heavily and eventually sought professional help from celebrity therapist, Barry Michels.

Unfortunately, he ended up quitting on her because she was drinking so much.

He just said, ‘I can’t do this anymore. 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.’

Friends of Barrymore decided to stage an intervention to address her drinking. Cameron Diaz, who has been close friends with Barrymore since they were teens, admitted it was difficult to watch her friend go through all that pain.

But the intervention didn’t exactly make everything all better. In fact, it wasn’t until 2019 that Barrymore decided to quit drinking on her own. It was right after she filmed the first episode of her daytime talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show.

I think the opportunity at a show like this really hit me. I was like, ‘I can’t handle this unless I’m in a really clear place.’

She got in touch with Michels two years after he quit on her and they resumed their professional relationship. These days, Barrymore is in a much better place. She shares two kids with her ex-husband, and she admits that one of the reasons she started drinking was because she felt like a failure for not giving her kids the perfect life.

But now she understands there’s no such thing. We’re all just doing the best we can. And for right now, she’s happy on her own, being a single mother.

I realized that just with me and my girls, I am truly happy. I’d always thought I’d be on this hamster wheel for this whole life. But maybe there will be something different before the lights go out.