New York's mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter, Chiara de Blasio, revealed Tuesday (December 24) in a video that she struggled with substance abuse and depression since adolescence. Now 19, the college student has come clean in the clip that was promoted by her father's administration.
Ms. de Blasio's testimony from growing up in New York to enrolling into California's Santa Clara University is peppered with honesty. Owning her mistakes and explaining how she came to abuse drugs and alcohol, de Blasio didn't mince words or try to bolster her appearance.
“I've had clinical depression for my entire adolescence, and so that's been something I always dealt with or not known how to deal with,” explained de Blasio. “When I went away to college, I didn't do the proper mental and emotional work to prepare myself. I kinda thought all my problems would go away if I got on a plane and flew 3,000 miles.”
She added, “It made it easier, the more I drank and did drugs, to share some common ground with people who I wouldn't have. It didn't start out as a huge thing for me, but then it became a very huge thing for me.”
Through the help of a therapist, de Blasio enrolled in an in-patient treatment center in New York and eventually got sober. In fact, the treatment went so well that she was able to participate in Mayor de Blasio's campaign this year and says she's improving in school.
In a straightforward manner, de Blasio urged others who may be suffering with depression to seek help and make attempts to get sober.
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