Bollywood actress Pooja Bhatt has shared a very bold and courageous post today on her social media handle. Pooja posted a picture of herself and explained how was her journey of battling with Alcoholism, how it was perceived by people and how several people also appreciated her for her move.
In the lengthy post Pooja revealed, “Three yrs & nine months sober today. One more quarter and I will be four. As someone who drank openly,I chose to recover openly.I truly felt it was important to share my journey to tell others,women especially, who might be struggling that they are not alone & if I could do it so could they.” (sic)
Pooja further wrote, “Was ridiculed by some but lauded for being courageous by most. I wondered why people termed speaking openly about addiction issues courageous. And also why there is an ‘anonymous’ attached to groups that help you recover. I understand more than ever today that it’s because people simplify/stigmatise addictive behaviour & tend to criminalise it without attempting to understand why someone used a substance to begin with.” (sic)
Pooja also mentioned that Alcohol is a drug and it was one of her choice. She wrote, “Alcohol is a drug,and was my drug of choice.Just because it is socially acceptable does not mean it is not. I have had to make more excuses for NOT drinking in the last few yrs than I ever have for drinking-to friends,foes and ‘well’ meaning acquaintances alike. A fractured society can only heal & evolve when we attempt to ‘understand’ instead of constantly standing in judgement.” (sic)