Many of you may have missed Chiara de Blasio’s video confession that dropped on Christmas eve, but the message shared by the daughter of New York’s next mayor is an important one. In the five minute clip, which you can watch below, de Blasio admits to serious battles against depression and drug and alcohol abuse. “”It made it easier, the more I drank and did drugs, to share some common ground with people that I wouldn’t have. It didn’t start out as a huge thing for me but then it became a really huge thing for me,” says the 19 year old in the video that was released by her father’s transition office. She goes on to reach out directly to people who might find themselves in a similar boat:
“It’s just important for people to realize, anybody who is watching this, that if you’re suffering and if you’re depressed, you’re dealing with mental illness, and you think that it might have something to do with your drug abuse or drinking, or if you’re just suffering from both of those at the same time and you think that they’re completely unrelated to one another, getting sober is always a positive thing.”
When it comes to depression and addiction, it’s not always easy to decipher which comes first. One can lead to the other, and vice versa. What’s important to recognize here is that if you are suffering from one or both of these afflictions, de Blasio is proof that a way out exists. In the video, de Blasio says that getting sober was the hardest thing she’s ever done. What’s scary is that admitting you have a problem–the very first step to getting better–is the toughest part of the whole process.