He’s keeping it real. Cameron Dallas posted a vulnerable new video to his Instagram page on Friday, August 23, where he opened up about his struggle with addiction and recent stint in rehab. The YouTuber greeted his followers by talking about what an “exciting” time this is for him, since he’s finally sharing his story with the world.
“Basically I wanted to fill everyone in on what I have been going through for the past two and a half years. I have been in rehab and I have been getting help and dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression and a bunch of other things … family trauma, and I got some good news. I’m 105 days sober, so that’s really awesome,” he confessed while smiling. Cameron, 24, said that he wants to stay on this path and help others going through tough times by serving as an advocate.
Cameron — who has an Instagram following of over 21 million — also expressed his gratefulness for those who have stuck by his side. “Progress not perfection, this is something that means a lot to me and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given and the patience that has been graciously bestowed upon me by so so many people whether it be my Family, Friends, my Team, my Fans, or anyone that came into contact with me in general,” he captioned the clip.
The Netflix star later apologized to the people he’s hurt along the way, while addressing how his issues have caused him serious heartbreak. “Dealing with this over the last 2 1/2 years has slowly and painfully dragged me into the shallowest, darkest places in my life destroying my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health,” Cameron shared.
On the bright side, Cameron said things are starting to look up for him and he couldn’t be more thrilled about the progress he’s making. The 24-year-old also mentioned how he hopes to change the stigma of rehab being viewed as a “bad” or “dirty” place.
“I want everyone to know that there IS hope even when it seems helpless, that there IS serenity even when you’re filled with anxious thoughts,” he continued. “That you CAN overcome addiction and codependency if YOU choose to get help and really want it for yourself.”
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We’re wishing him all the best!
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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