Demi Moore has had a marvelous career in Hollywood spanning decades, so she’s used to winning awards. Demi received a special honor recently that means so much more than the others and speaks to more than just her talents. Demi was honored at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon as its Woman of the Year.
Friendly House is an organization that aims “to provide an environment in which women can recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol addiction and progress toward healthy families and communities.”
Demi first struggled with addiction in her Brat Pack days, although the star has acknowledged that she was exposed to those struggling with addiction while growing up. Before filming 1985’s St. Elmo’s Fire, the actress went to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. She sought treatment again in 2012, although there were conflicting reports as to what exactly she was being treated for.
Demi Moore grew up in the spotlight. Like many stars who found fame at a young age, she struggled with addiction.
Demi first went to rehab in the mid-’80s, prior to shooting St. Elmo’s Fire. She returned to treatment in 2012.
Demi credits her daughters — Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah — for being her motivation to live a healthy life and work at her recovery every day.
Recently, Demi was honored at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s 29th Annual Awards Luncheon as Woman of the Year.
Demi gave a heartfelt speech about addiction and recovery when accepting the award. She also offered an honest reflection on her battle with addiction.
Demi explained, “I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction, and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough.”
Demi acknowledged that treatment wasn’t a conclusion she came to by herself. Rather, it took those around her to really get through to her. “I had absolutely no value for myself,” she explained. “And this self-destructive path, it very quickly… brought me to a real crisis point. And it wasn’t clear at the time the reason — maybe it was divine intervention — but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity.”
She’s tremendously grateful to those individuals for making her see what she was unwilling to on her own. She said:
“They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”
Demi encouraged others to shut out the internal monologue that tells them they are not enough and to appreciate all that they are instead. She continued:
“I know in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and expressed my fear that I wasn’t good enough, and she said, ‘You will never be good enough but you can know the value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.’ So today, I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth.”
Among the attendees listening to her speech was longtime friend Soleil Moon Frye, who fawned over her friend to reporters:
“She listens, and she shared so much wisdom, and she’s been in every one of my birthing rooms and helped deliver every one of my babies. She has always shown up for me, and I love her with all my heart.”
It’s wonderful of Demi to speak so openly and honestly about her history with addiction and dedication to recovery.
Demi lies pretty low these days, so her fans were touched to see her open up at an event.
Many people who have been through addiction themselves reached out to Demi on her Instagram post about the event.
She may be new to social media, but she’s just as good at reaching people on Instagram as she is on the big screen.