Davina McCall claims using heroin felt like ‘coming home’

‘It became my best friend’: Davina McCall, 54, discusses the false comfort drugs gave her and claimed using heroin felt like ‘coming home’

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Davina McCall has revealed using heroin felt like ‘coming home’ as she recalled abusing drugs on Wednesday. 

The TV presenter, 54, discussed her childhood trauma, substance abuse and inspiring recovery story on Rockwater’s In Conversation With podcast.    

The mother-of-three explained how she was abandoned by her mother at just age 3 to be raised by her grandmother Pippy. 

'It became my best friend': Davina McCall has revealed using heroin felt like 'coming home' as she recalled abusing drugs on Wednesday

‘It became my best friend’: Davina McCall has revealed using heroin felt like ‘coming home’ as she recalled abusing drugs on Wednesday

Having tried heroin for the first time at 15-years-old, Davina reflected on the sense of false comfort the substance gave her, revealing that using was ‘like coming home.’

‘When you are on it nothing else matters so you don’t care about meeting someone on time or picking up your kids from school, luckily I didn’t have any.’ 

After pushing her loved ones away and losing everything to prioritise her drug use, she said: ‘Heroin became my best friend. It’s like the biggest, warmest, softest cuddle.’

Tough: The TV presenter, 54, discussed her childhood trauma, substance abuse and inspiring recovery story on Rockwater's In Conversation With podcast

Tough: The TV presenter, 54, discussed her childhood trauma, substance abuse and inspiring recovery story on Rockwater’s In Conversation With podcast

After ten years of substance abuse, Davina got help following an intervention from a friend.

She began attending ongoing NA meetings and therapy sessions, later achieving sobriety. 

Davina graciously credits Pippy: ‘They told me to get help because I was falling asleep at dinner, they locked me in the car and told me to get help. It’s the reason why I’m still alive.’ 

Davina described her life as ‘a crazy adventure,’ adding, ‘I don’t think I’d be as grateful as I am if I hadn’t had a tough time.’

The TV star, who shares Holly, 19, Tilly, 17, and Chester, 14, with her ex Matthew Robertson, previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her to overcomer her drug addiction.

She previously explained that as a teetotal recovering addict, she doesn’t even like to take over-the-counter tablets for headaches, so she avoided going down the medical route.

Davina told how she took up exercise and took herbal remedies to help but these didn’t ‘cut it’, telling how she planned to ‘battle through’ before finally getting educated about the menopause, with a private gynaecologist eventually prescribing HRT for her.

'I was hurt': In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to 'fill the hole' left from being abandoned by her late mum Florence Kock

‘I was hurt’: In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to ‘fill the hole’ left from being abandoned by her late mum Florence Kock

In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to ‘fill the hole’ left from being abandoned by her late mum Florence Kock.

The presenter reflected on feeling ‘insecure and instable’ after her mother – who passed away in 2008 – told her she was going on holiday for two weeks, but didn’t return and left her with her paternal grandmother when she was just four.

In an interview with DJ Fat Tony on his show The Recovery, the broadcaster admitted she was ‘kissing goodbye to my brain cells’ when she used substances such as heroin, speed and weed as a teen, before she sought help over 20 years ago.

Anyone battling similar issues, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options.

'My tears were always [by my chest]': The media personality was left with her paternal grandmother when she was just four (pictured)

 ‘My tears were always [by my chest]’: The media personality was left with her paternal grandmother when she was just four (pictured)

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