Lena Dunham is opening up about her struggle with sobriety. Six months ago, she was addicted to Klonopin, she revealed on Dax Shepard’s podcast, Armchair Expert.
She says: "I’ve been sober for six months. My particular passion was Klonopin."
The 32-year-old explains that she began taking the medication after her anxiety impeded her ability to work and live day-to-day.
Dunham says:"I was having crazy anxiety and having to show up for things that I didn’t feel equipped to show up for. But I know I need to do it, and when I take a Klonopin, I can do it."
After getting diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, she says her dependence on the drug intensified. She says: "I was diagnosed with pretty serious PTSD. I have a few sexual traumas in my past and then I had all these surgeries and then I had my hysterectomy after a period of really extreme pain. It stopped feeling like I had panic attacks and it started feeling like I was a living panic attack. The only thing that was notable was the parts of the day where I didn’t feel like I was going to barf and faint."
Dunham reveals that she had no clue how hard weaning herself would be when she realized she was depending on them. "Nobody I know who are prescribed these medications is told, ‘By the way, when you try and get off this, it’s going to be like the most hellacious acid trip you’ve ever had where you’re f—– clutching the walls and the hair is blowing off your head and you can’t believe you found yourself in this situation.’ Now the literal smell of the inside of pill bottles makes me want to throw up."
Separately, news dropped Monday that Dunham will adapt the harrowing survival story of a Syrian refugee stranded at sea, based on the critically acclaimed nonfiction book, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, who are co-producing. Twitter, predictably, was not pleased.