Breaking through the social stigmas, Pooja Bhatt has opened up about battling alcoholism and shared her fight against the addiction. As she nears almost 4 years of staying sober, Pooja pens down a long note and says that she will continue to share her story to help others facing the similar struggles of addiction.
Taking to her social media, Pooja shared: ''Three yrs & nine months sober today. One more quarter and I will be four .As someone who drank openly,I chose to recover openly.I truly felt it was important to share my journey to tell others,women especially, who might be struggling that they are not alone & if I could do it so could they."
She further talked about how there is a stigma in the society around discussing addiction issues. "Was ridiculed by some but lauded for being courageous by most. I wondered why people termed speaking openly about addiction issues courageous. And also why there is an ‘anonymous’ attached to groups that help you recover. I understand more than ever today that it’s because people simplify/stigmatise addictive behaviour & tend to criminalise it without attempting to understand why someone used a substance to begin with." she wrote.
Furthermore, Pooja shared her struggle how she stayed away from alcohol in the last few years. ''Alcohol is a drug,and was my drug of choice.Just because it is socially acceptable does not mean it is not. I have had to make more excuses for NOT drinking in the last few yrs than I ever have for drinking-to friends,foes and ‘well’ meaning acquaintances alike."
She concluded by writing: "A fractured society can only heal & evolve when we attempt to ‘understand’ instead of constantly standing in judgement. When we empathise instead of vilify. Until then and even beyond, I will continue to speak from a place of compassion & truth,in the hope that there is ONE person out there I could goad to start on their own journey of sobriety and stay on their path. So help me God! #sobrietyrocks #eachonereachone #eachonehealone #onedayatatime #onestepatatime #youarenotalone''
On the work front, Pooja Bhatt made her on screen comeback with Mahesh Bhatt's Sadak 2, also starring Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt and Aditya Roy Kapur.