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Mackenzie Phillips, 58, says Demi Lovato must 'do her thing and get well'


Demi Lovato needs to be given space to recover, according to Mackenzie Phillips.

The Orange Is The New Black star, herself a recovering addict, discussed the singer’s recent overdose with People Magazine on Wednesday.   

‘It may be difficult and it may cause some issues, but you’re talking about someone’s life,’ she said. ‘You’re not talking about a bread-winner; you’re talking about a human being who is struggling with a real, real problem.’

Faced demons: OITNB addict star Mackenzie Phillips claims people need to let Demi Lovato 'do her thing and recover'

Faced demons: OITNB addict star Mackenzie Phillips claims people need to let Demi Lovato 'do her thing and recover'

Faced demons: OITNB addict star Mackenzie Phillips claims people need to let Demi Lovato ‘do her thing and recover’

She added, ‘And so people need to just let her do her thing and get well.’

The actress, best known for her teen roles in One Day at a Time and American Graffiti, insisted it was possible to remain in showbusiness and still get the help she needs.

‘It’s a full time job, and it’s something you have to be mindful of all the time,’ she said. ‘But you can certainly be clean and sober and work and have a life and be a mom… you can do anything.

‘My active addiction limited what I could do, and now I’m free to do whatever I want; because I found out that my recovery is portable, I just take it with me everywhere I go.’

Insight: The Orange Is The New Black star, herself a recovering addict, discussed the singer's recent overdose with People Magazine on Wednesday

Insight: The Orange Is The New Black star, herself a recovering addict, discussed the singer's recent overdose with People Magazine on Wednesday

Insight: The Orange Is The New Black star, herself a recovering addict, discussed the singer’s recent overdose with People Magazine on Wednesday

Early start: Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas frontman John Phillips, claimed in her 2009 memoir High On Arrival that she had first tried cocaine at 11, and that her father did drugs with her

Early start: Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas frontman John Phillips, claimed in her 2009 memoir High On Arrival that she had first tried cocaine at 11, and that her father did drugs with her

Early start: Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas frontman John Phillips, claimed in her 2009 memoir High On Arrival that she had first tried cocaine at 11, and that her father did drugs with her

The 58-year-old, who admitted she’d been to rehab ‘more than several’ times, said the myth of moderation was just that — a myth; or it was in her case at least. 

‘Not for this girl, absolutely not. It never worked for me, I thought I could drink… No. I cant,’ she said. ‘I can’t speak for anybody else, but I certainly know abstinence is the key.’

Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas frontman John Phillips, claimed in her 2009 memoir High On Arrival that she had first tried cocaine at 11, and that her father did drugs with her.

She also claimed her father raped her while they were intoxicated on drugs on the eve of her first wedding, before continuing a ten-year incestuous relationship with him.

Trouble: Demi was rushed to hospital on July 24, reportedly suffering from heroin overdose

Trouble: Demi was rushed to hospital on July 24, reportedly suffering from heroin overdose

Trouble: Demi was rushed to hospital on July 24, reportedly suffering from heroin overdose

For season six of OITNB, Phillips — who now also works as a drugs counselor —plays Barbara Denning, also an addict.  

‘When I found out that it was someone that struggles with a serious using problem, I was even more excited about it, because —spoiler alert! — Barb gets sober,’ she said. 

‘That was just so cool to show that, because I’ve had access to the best behavioral healthcare for my own addiction over the years. But someone who’s in prison who doesn’t have the resources, or maybe the kind of good insurance that I have, doesn’t have the opportunity.

‘So when you just take the substance out of the picture, all the behaviors are still in place; and the only thing missing is the drug of choice,’ she added. ‘So real recovery comes through other channels, rather than just stopping using… so there’s a little more to it.’

Knows the role: For season six of OITNB, Phillips — who now also works as a drugs counselor —plays Barbara Denning, also an addict

Knows the role: For season six of OITNB, Phillips — who now also works as a drugs counselor —plays Barbara Denning, also an addict

Knows the role: For season six of OITNB, Phillips — who now also works as a drugs counselor —plays Barbara Denning, also an addict

 





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