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Hayden Panettiere’s Secret Addiction to Opioids and Alcohol

Hayden Panettiere Reveals Her Struggle with Addiction

Recently, Hayden Panettiere’s People Magazine cover story has opened up about her past, secret opioid and alcohol addiction. The Nashville star recounted how she spent years battling her opioid alcohol addiction and a bout with postpartum depression. Hayden says she spiraled out of control and her opioid and alcohol addiction almost cost her both her career and her life. 

She told People Magazine how when she was 15 years old, she was given “happy pills” to make her peppy during interviews saying “there’s that trap door” and how it opened a door for her opioid alcohol addiction. The Heroes actress also talked about getting out of control when she continued to drink heavily and occasionally took opioids. She told People Magazine that her only reason for not using drugs and alcohol all the time was that she couldn’t be messy while on set and working. Panettiere shared that she felt that drugs and alcohol became something she couldn’t live without.

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How Hayden Panettiere Overcame Addiction to Opioids and Alcohol

The Remember the Titans star had gotten treatment for her postpartum depression, but she continued to use alcohol to self-medicate and cope with her symptoms. Panettiere revealed that after the addiction caused the end of her relationship with Wladimir Klitschko, she sent her daughter Kaya to live with him in Ukraine. 

She told People Magazine that postpartum depression after Kaya was born caused her “there was just gray color in my life.” Panettiere’s rock bottom after being on top of the world was when she was hospitalized for jaundice because of liver failure. Panettiere shares that she entered drug and alcohol rehab for eight months and credits her lengthy inpatient opioid and alcohol addiction treatment for giving her the tools to overcome her secret addiction to opioids and alcohol addiction. 

Panettiere also told People magazine, “I put a lot of work into myself and I had to be willing to be incredibly honest.” She attended both trauma therapy and inpatient opioid alcohol addiction treatment.

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Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Opioids

Combining alcohol with any potent medication is dangerous. Alcohol on its own can have severe effects, which are enhanced when prescription medications, like opioids, are also used. Both substances are central nervous system depressants that can slow the heart rate and breathing to dangerous or fatal levels. Mixing opioids with alcohol can cause an overdose and death. Misusing alcohol and opioids, even in small doses, can also lead to a substance use disorder. Some of the side effects of mixing alcohol with opiates include:

  • Marked disinhibition
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heart rate and rhythm
  • Dizziness or loss of coordination
  • Cardiovascular instability
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Coma

When to Ask for Help

Addiction often does not happen overnight and can sneak up on anyone. It can be challenging to reach out for drug and alcohol addiction help. Some signs of a substance use disorder include:

  • Cravings for drugs or alcohol
  • Taking more of the drug or alcohol than intended
  • Mixing substances to get an enhanced effect
  • Dangerous use
  • Lack of responsibility
  • Spending a lot of time trying to get the substance, using it, and recovering from it
  • Loss of interest in activities and hobbies once enjoyed
  • Tolerance, needing more of the substance to get the same effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using
  • Wanting to quit using but unable to or failed attempts

When a person is struggling with alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, or both, getting help as soon as possible is important. The sooner you get help, the better your chances of recovery. Also, the longer you continue using, the worse your addiction will get and the bigger the likelihood of a fatal overdose.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs at Novo Detox

Novo Detox offers safe and effective drug detox and inpatient drug rehab for opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and other forms of substance use disorder. Medically assisted detox is often necessary when withdrawing from alcohol or opioids. Our luxury rehab will ensure you feel right at home while you receive some of the best drug addiction treatment in Los Angeles. If you or someone you love is battling substance abuse, please give us a call at (844) 834-1777 today to break the cycle of self-destruction.