Drew Barrymore Breaks Down Revisiting Mental Institution Where She Was Committed At 13

Drew Barrymore decided to start the second season of her daytime show on a high note. She took her viewers through a trip down memory lane to re-visit her complicated past

By Miguel Robles

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The second season of Drew Barrymore's daytime talk show finally arrived, and even though the show it's usually fun, our beloved host went on for a serious bit for the premiere, as she took a trip down memory lane, looking back at her childhood. The actress decided to revisit her past and take a closer look at one of the most difficult times from her childhood she's ever had to endure.

Drew Barrymore produced a 15 minutes for her tv show, in which she took her film crew on a tour of Los Angeles, and reminisced about where she grew up within the city. Things got exremely heavy, though, as she revisited the mental health institution where she was held for 18 months as a teenager.

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When Barrymore talked about her days as a “real wild child,” the actress went on to break down in tears remembering how her mother first admitted her to the Van Nuys Psychiatric Hospital, after she had a very bad experience with drugs and alcohol addiction at a very young age. Drew Barrymore explained that she was held there against her will, telling the camera the following:

“I was a real wild child and I just got so out of control that no one knew what to do with me. They drove me here in the middle of the night and they walked me through those two doors and when you go through those two doors you do not come out... [people were] put in stretcher restraints and tied up. And I was there for a year and a half.”

Even though she had a very difficult time in her life, and as terrible as those memories may seem, Drew also admitted that there is something important about recalling her childhood and those events. Reflecting on how far she's come since those fateful days, the '50 First Dates' star went on to say:

“I think this is important for me to share with people because when they watch our show we have a very beautiful set and I get to dress in nice clothing and get my hair and makeup done and there is an elegance, hopefully, to the show. But I will never lose sight of this part of my story and I have seen and been through things and they've helped me just recognize in all of us that we go through stuff. And itc can't be embarrassing. It has to be our strenghts, it has to be something that we can be proud of because we overcame it and we look back with honor and humor.”

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And she added more, too. Drew reflected on how far she's come in the three decades since then and how great her life is now. The actress went on to say:

“Life is so wonderful compared to what it was in this place. I can't even believe I actually get to be where I am now because when I was here I didn't see that, I thought I would be here forever. I never thought I was going to make it to somewhere better and I am just so happy with my life and I don't know if I would have the life I have if it wasn't for a place like this. So it was so important to come here and just like honor this.”

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Miguel Robles

I began my journey as a journalist 15 years ago, when I started as a staff writer for OPEN Magazine. I was able to escalate up to the point of becoming the editor in chief of the magazine. Always adjusting to cope with changes in the industry. Trying to make strong connections with the people, and bringing voice to minorities through storytelling.

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