“I can recognize a lot of those storylines such as alcoholism and postpartum depression. They arrived close to home,” she told the magazine.
In addition to her struggle with alcoholism, she said she also abused opioids.
“My saving grace is that I can’t be messy on the job site and at work,” she said. But things got out of control [off set]. And as I got older, drugs and alcohol became something I almost couldn’t live without.”
Eventually she ended up in the hospital, and doctors told her her liver was “damaged”.
“I was in a cycle of self-destruction,” she told People.
After eight months in a rehab center and several other traumatic and inpatient treatments, Panettiere, who has a 7-year-old daughter with former professional Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, is satisfied and hopeful about the future.
“I put a lot of work into myself and had to be willing to be incredibly honest,” she said.
She will soon reprise her role in a new movie, Scream. Panettiere also created a relief fund for those who have been fighting to defend Ukraine for months.
Klitschko’s brother Vitali Klitschko is the mayor of Kyiv.