Eve reveals past drug and alcohol abuse: ‘I was popping Xanax and drinking to numb my pain’

Good thing she was able to conquer her demons.


Eve is known for being a successful go-getter but even she has had major battles when it comes to her self-esteem.

The 39-year-old rapper, actress, and co-host of The Talk revealed that she turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with emotional pain at one point in her life during Tuesday’s episode of the daytime talk show.

“At a time in my life, at a point in my life, I’d gone through, and like she says, a dark hole…I call it my ‘dark hole’ period, my dark period,” she said.

“I was out of a toxic relationship, I didn’t have a TV show, I didn’t have a record deal. I was just kinda like, what is happening with my life?” So I started drinking, a lot.”

Like many women, Eve turned to alcohol and prescription drugs to help her deal with the tough issues in her life.

“I started drinking, and drinking, and drinking because I didn’t want to deal with my emotions…I didn’t have anybody to really talk to. I was even popping Xanax and drinking to numb my pain,” she explained.

“I just felt like I was coping, but I really wasn’t. You know, you think of harming yourself as cutting or something, but drinking and drugs is exactly the same thing in many ways.”

Eve says she turned things around following her 2007 DUI arrest.

“And it took my DUI, and I’ve talked about this on the show before, I got a DUI, and it took my DUI to wake me up because I had to wear one of those ankle things. And I didn’t want to because I knew it would force me to deal with my ‘S’, my stuff, and I did, and thankfully, I did and was able to get healthy,” she said.

“I prayed myself through it. I finally started figuring out the things that I needed to do to make myself healthy.”

Thank goodness.