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Nina Hastie on celebrating six years of sobriety: ‘It’s really hard most of the time’

2019-10-21 12:01
Nina Hastie. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Nina Hastie. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Media personality Nina Hastie recently celebrated her sixth year of soberity.

The 34-year-old has opened up about her struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction in previous interviews and also shared her experience with sexual abuse and how it contributed to her substance abuse problem.

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Taking to her Instagram page, Nina wrote, “Hi I’m Nina, and I am an alcoholic. Today I am clean and sober for 6 YEARS!!! I’m the hottest mess I’ve ever been, and by that I mean - I’ve embraced myself - all my bullsh**, all my fears, and have become the most honest and accurate version of myself and it’s absolutely DIVINE.”Nina also shared a throwback photo of herself at ‘her worst’ and revealed that she was going through a hard time.“Here’s me with no makeup and my hair looking feral as f***, but you know what - I HAVE HAIR! 6 years ago I was bald and fat and angry (scroll to the last image - I know it looks like I’m smiling on the outside, but really that’s cause I had just found out that there was an open bar at the after party)I face my fears, my f*** ups, and my insecurities with gratitude and an opportunity to grow, and it’s really hard most of the time - but the payoff is freedom of the bondage of self - and lemme tell you that is one HUGE RELIEF [sic],” she wrote.

Although she still labels herself an alcoholic, Nina hasn’t touched alcohol in years.Nina also took the opportunity to thank the people around her who helped her get by. 

“Thank you to every person around me that contributes to this marvelous life of mine I love you. And if I’ve somehow pissed you off in life I’m sorry, I genuinely haven’t gotten round to making amends with you, probably because I forgot, and I pray that life gives me the opportunity to do so,” she added.

The ever-smiling TV personality said that she’s learning everyday and that she is learning to forgive herself for the mistakes she’s done in the past. She encouraged everyone who’s going through the same to never give up because it gets easier and better.

“And it’s so nice to have a new outlook on life and realise - heck, turns out - it’s bloody beautiful.

“Thank you for your time, and know this - if you’re struggling with depression and anxiety and self-medicating with alcohol and drugs and sex and food and toxic relationships - you can get through it, you can change, you have it inside you to be brave enough to take steps to change... I BELIEVE IN YOU! It’s really hard at first - but it gets easier and it only ever gets BETTER,” she concluded.

Take a look at her picture below.

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Hi I’m Nina, and I am an alcoholic. Today I am clean and sober for 6 YEARS!!! I’m the hottest mess I’ve ever been, and by that I mean - I’ve embraced myself - all my bullshit, all my fears, and have become the most honest and accurate version of myself and it’s absolutely DIVINE. Here’s me with no make up and my hair looking feral as fuck, but you know what - I HAVE HAIR! 6 years ago I was bald and fat and angry (scroll to the last image - I know it looks like I’m smiling on the outside, but really that’s cause I had just found out that there was an open bar at the after party) I face my fears, my fuck ups, and my insecurities with gratitude and an opportunity to grow, and it’s reallly hard most of the time - but the pay off is freedom of the bondage of self - and lemme tell you that is one HUGE RELIEF. Thank you to every person around me that contributes to this marvelous life of mine I love you. And if I’ve somehow pissed you off in life I’m sorry, I genuinely haven’t gotten round to making amends with you, probably because I forgot, and I pray that life gives me the opportunity to do so. I’m learning every day, and I’m learning to forgive myself as well, i have made some enormous mistakes in life - but I’ve also made some enormous giant fucking leaps of growth and also hopefully inspired the shit out of some people - and shown you that you can actually be better! And it’s so nice to have a new outlook on life and realise - heck, turns out - it’s bloody beautiful. Thank you for your time, and know this - if you’re struggling with depression and anxiety and self medicating with alcohol and drugs and sex and food and toxic relationships - you can get through it, you can change, you have it inside you to be brave enough to take steps to change... I BELIEVE IN YOU! It’s really hard at first - but it gets easier and it only ever gets BETTER!

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