Miley Cyrus On Breaking Sobriety In The Pandemic

“I will not accept anyone or anything that causes me to not reach my fullest potential.”

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“The hardest times have been in this pandemic,” Cyrus admitted while noting that she’s always been “truthful” about where she’s at.

“And a lot of people, their sobriety broke during this time. I was one of them. Luckily, I haven’t gone back to using any drugs, but I was drinking during the pandemic.”

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Cyrus said that she doesn’t see her breaking from sobriety as a relapse: “I regressed,” she explained, “because, it’s really, for me, drinking hasn’t been—that hasn’t been my demon. But it does not get me going any further.”

“If anything, it just makes me not reach my full potential, which is unacceptable to me. Like, I will not accept anyone or anything that causes me to not reach my fullest potential.”

Even though Cyrus said she doesn’t consider herself an alcoholic, she also acknowledged the effect that drinking’s had on her relationships.

“I’m not the best partner; I’m not the best daughter; I’m not the best sister. I can be a little unreliable. So if that’s an alcoholic—if we’re not measuring it by how much we drink but how we perform as a human being—then I would say alcohol is a problem for me because I’m not at my best.”

During the interview, Cyrus also explained why she stopped doing her Instagram Live talk show she’d fired up at the beginning of the pandemic: “The dopamine—getting up every day, seeing the viewer count go up—it didn’t do it for me anymore.”

Hey, burnout is real, whether or not it’s a pandemic. And as always, we’re thankful for Miley speaking her truth and helping all of us grow as well.

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