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03/09/2017 10:37 am ET

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Star Eliza Dushku Opens Up About Past Drug Abuse

“Drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we’re more powerful."

Eliza Dushku, who starred in “Bring It On” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” has opened up about her past struggles with drug and alcohol abuse.

On Tuesday, Dushku revealed she was only 14 when she had her first experience with illegal substances in a heartfelt speech at the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The actress spoke honestly about her drug use and stated that she has been sober for over eight years.

“I just remember, I loved the first time I took a drug because I loved the way it made me feel. I loved the way it made me not feel. I didn’t have to feel,” she said, adding, “It was fun, and I loved it, until it wasn’t. Drugs didn’t love me. They didn’t love my family. They definitely didn’t love my friends that died.”

Dushku admitted she got decided to get sober at first because of her family, noting her brother understandably didn’t want her to be around his daughter while she was using drugs.

“I’m a really good auntie today, but he was right. I’m a good person but when I did drugs and I drank, I didn’t make good decisions,” she said. “All it takes is one bad decision.” 

Today, she said, she’s sober for herself. 

“Drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we’re more powerful,” she told the crowd, before admitting that asking for help was the “hardest” but “most powerful” thing she’s ever done. 

You can watch her full speech above. 

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