Model Adwoa Aboah reflects on time in rehab and getting sober at 22 for Mental Awareness Week

British model Adwoa Aboah says she was ‘forced to tear myself apart and put it all back together’ while in a drug addiction treatment facility.

The socialite and former Vogue cover star, 30, added that she is ‘lucky’ to be sober and in treatment as it forced her to confront herself and her addiction issues.

Talking about Reign with Josh Smith podcast for World Mental Health Day, she said: ‘I was lucky enough to go into treatment so I met a crazy range of people there who had been through all sorts of different things.

Candid: British model Adwoa Aboah, 30, says she was 'forced to tear myself apart and put it all back together' while in drug treatment

Candid: British model Adwoa Aboah, 30, says she was ‘forced to tear myself apart and put it all back together’ while in drug treatment

‘It knocks it out of you when you’re forced to really confront yourself. I’m actually quite lucky. That’s what many sober people say. I think I’m quite lucky that I was pushed to deal with it now.

‘Shot to separate all judgments from me towards other people. Pushed to tear myself apart and put it all back together so I could look at things a little differently.

“Even though it was pretty f***ing, I’m pretty lucky to be honest that I’ve been given this chance to do things differently and actually look at situations in a more empathetic way.’

The model, who is often seen on the front row of major fashion shows, has been open about her problems with drink and drugs – back in 2016 she opened up about trying marijuana at the age of 14 after getting drunk at a house party.

Fashionista: The socialite and former London Vogue cover star added she is 'lucky' to be sober and receiving treatment

Fashionista: The socialite and former London Vogue cover star added she is ‘lucky’ to be sober and receiving treatment

From then on, she said she tried cocaine and ketamine, with the latter being the drug that “really got” her.

Using her platform to raise awareness for Mental Health Week, she added: ‘I’ve resigned myself to the fact that life is just so messy and one’s mental health journey couldn’t be further from linear.

‘So the fact is, it’s just an ebb and flow and we find ways to deal with things and then we’re faced with another thing, whether it’s grief or identity or love or sex, it’s endless.

‘I think because our stories change and evolve and we grow so our perspective on things changes and it’s so crazy that you can look at a situation that happened a few years ago and then with a certain age and wisdom suddenly reframe it and you “Okay, maybe it was my fault”.

“Or maybe there are different ways we can look at things, I think that definitely comes with age. I’m really starting to put those boundaries in place and know what’s good for me and what’s not good for me.’

Opening up: The model, who is often seen on the front row of major fashion shows, has been open about her problems with drink and drugs

Opening up: The model, who is often seen on the front row of major fashion shows, has been open about her problems with drink and drugs

The model, who has appeared on the cover of Vogue and was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, also said sobriety was like a ‘mourning period’ and she experienced great loneliness during that time.

‘I don’t think people talk about it [loneliness] enough when linked to sobriety. Imagine, you know, it’s almost like a mourning period. You mourn the people you can’t hang out with.

‘The situations you cannot be a part of. It’s just endless, you know? There are things that you just can’t relate to anymore because you are so far from them. Or just mentally and chemically you are not there. It’s a little lonely sometimes.

‘But I think when I was younger, my loneliness was an isolation. It wasn’t healthy. It was one that kept me from asking for help, it was one that kept me low and in the dark and unable to see any better. Now I’m not afraid of being alone.

‘I was talking to a friend the day after I went to Glastonbury and it was funny because sobriety for me is easier and harder.

Chat: The model, who has appeared on the cover of Vogue and has been named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, also said sobriety was like a 'grieving period'

Awareness: Adwoa, 30, spoke about her struggles for Mental Health Awareness Week

Chat: The model, who has appeared on the cover of Vogue and has been named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, also said sobriety was like a ‘grieving period’

‘It’s easier because it’s second nature. It’s like I don’t even have to think about it, I know how to be fine without it, I know who I am without him because I’ve been sober for almost eight years, but it’s harder because I actually can’t stand the bull***t.

‘The old me knew how to fake it, I could go into situations and just say “yeah, yeah,” and listen to the chat and get on with it. Now I know myself so well. My sister always says she has to overcompensate for my faces, that just says it all.

‘So in that way it has become more difficult because I don’t feel the need to test myself, I know where I feel good, I know where I don’t feel good.

“So in a way there’s a new kind of loneliness where I know I used to push myself to be a part of things and now I just know that I have an inability to be a part of that, which is actually fine.”

Back in 2016, when asked how many drugs she took, she said in an interview: ‘Just every day.

‘My favorite thing to do was sit alone in my room. And what happened if certain people weren’t going out on Tuesday night, I could very easily find someone else who was going out that day.

“Then maybe they had to go out on Wednesday, so I wanted to go out with them. ‘I don’t think I necessarily wanted to stop, I just… my parents sent me to Arizona [for rehab].

‘The people that I grew up with did a lot of drugs so it wasn’t necessarily unheard of, it was normal so I got away with it for a long time.’ On what influences her modeling, she said it influenced how she saw her self-image.

‘Losing jobs and being judged on your looks – I definitely got a new skin and got used to it, but now I realized it definitely didn’t [help]. It has definitely contributed to the way I feel about things about myself.

‘I do not know if [getting scouted] was a booster, I certainly don’t feel like it made me feel better about being in a magazine.’

For help with drugs and alcohol contact Talk to Frank on 0300 123 6600, text 82111 or email them here https://www.talktofrank.com/contact.

Reveal: Speaking on the Reign With Josh Smith podcast for World Mental Health Day, she said: 'I was lucky enough to go into treatment so I met a crazy range of people there'

Reveal: Speaking on the Reign With Josh Smith podcast for World Mental Health Day, she said: ‘I was lucky enough to go into treatment so I met a crazy range of people there’

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