Eliza Dushku’s Emotional Story Of Overcoming Drug Abuse Comes With A Warning

“Drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we are more powerful.”

Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on the cult classic TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, got personal earlier this week during a speech to students at the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness about overcoming her battle with drug and alcohol abuse.

"It was fun, and I loved it, until it wasn't," the 36-year-old said during the conference that took place in Manchester, N.H., the same week Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson announced his newfound sobriety. "Drugs didn't love me. They didn't love my family. They definitely didn't love my friends that died."

The Massachusetts native revealed that she's been sober for about eight and a half years after having her first experience with illegal substances at the age of 14. Dushku noted that, despite the supernatural nature of the show, she relates to Buffy's recurring storyline of how tough school can be.

Listen to her full speech below:

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"It can be so scary," Dushku said in her speech. "I just remember, I loved the first time I took a drug because I loved the way it made me feel. I loved the way it made me not feel. I didn't have to feel."

The actress — who has also appeared in shows such as Dollhouse and Tru Calling as well as films such as Bring It On and True Lies — credits her family for helping her get sober. That being said, she also credits herself for staying sober for this entire time.

"I got sober for my family. But today, I'm sober for me, and I'm sober for you. Because drugs and alcohol are powerful, but we are more powerful," she said. "We're in this together. We're human beings, you know, and we can connect with each other and we can protect each other. All you have to do is believe. I don't drink or do drugs one day at a time."

After the powerful moment, Dushku took to Twitter to let everyone know that she'd be "grateful" to help even just one person now that she's come forward with her story.

"I'm a good person, but when I did drugs and I drank, I didn't make good decisions," Dushku said, before offering a warning to those listening to her words. "I'm sure some of you can relate to that ... but all it takes is one bad decision."

If you or a loved one are looking for help with substance abuse, there are numerous ways of reaching out. Check out the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at its website or call 1-800-662-HELP. In addition, there are more resources to fit an individual's particular need found here.

(H/T: People)

Cover image: Eliza Dushku / Instagram

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