Davina McCall will never be recovered from addiction
16 July 2017 - 9:00 AM

Davina McCall will never be recovered from addiction

Davina McCall won't "ever stop" attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

The 49-year-old presenter has been sober for over 20 years, but insists she will "never be recovered" and finds her weekly support group sessions are still incredibly helpful and inspiring.

She told the Sunday People newspaper: "I'll ­definitely never be recovered. I love going to my AA meetings and don't think I will ever stop.

"They are very welcoming. All my mates are there, it's a social thing and they inspire me."

The former "Big Brother" presenter has always spoken frankly about her addiction struggles, and admits it was regarded as "shocking" in the early days of her career.

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She said: "I started talking about it a long time ago because I wanted to tell people in my own words.

"I'm talking 25 years ago so it was especially shocking back then. I was the only presenter who had been an addict."

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While Davina - who has children Holly, 15, Tilly, 13, and 10-year-old son Chester with husband Matthew Robinson - has been clean for several years, even the thought of going without alcohol for a few days seemed like an impossible task at first.

She said: "I remember going to my first meeting and someone was three days clean and I couldn't believe it, I was like "How did you manage that?"

"They probably thought they were nothing because they had only ­managed three days but to me it ­hugely helped knowing they had been clean for three days."

The popular presenter admits that, in her sober life, there is nothing better than the "relationships" she has in her life now.

Asked the best thing about being clean, she said: "Just relationships. With yourself, your family, with strangers on the street and how people react with you. It's a miracle. Your whole life is incomparable."

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