Former Disney star Christy Carlson Romano talks about the alcohol that “almost ruined” her life after the end of “Even Stevens” in 2003.
In a Youtube video Posted on her channel on Tuesday, Romano, 37, revealed she started drinking excessively at the age of 16 to help cope with feelings of shyness. Soon she became a regular at New York’s nightlife, where consuming several glasses of wine in a few hours was “socially acceptable.”
“Since I wasn’t working and was depressed… I would like to go out because it would help get me out of the frame of mind of whatever I was in,” Romano explained. But the next day she would wake up even worse and sleep until it was time to go out again.
“Alcohol is a depressant,” Romano explained. “Compose regular drinking with whatever life gives you and you’re really looking for the perfect formula to keep someone calm.”
At one point, Romano took a low dose of antidepressants, but they didn’t work because she was still drinking heavily.
“I didn’t really have goals, I didn’t really have dreams, I didn’t have a lot of feelings. The alcohol kept pushing them down, ”she said. “It wasn’t helping me. It didn’t give me anything I could grow up to. It was a bad presence in my life.
The “Kim Possible” alum, who shares daughters Isabella, 4, and Sophia, 2, with her husband, Brendan Rooney, quit drinking after learning she was expecting her first child. In July, she celebrated five years of sobriety. Although Romano is not part of a 12-step program, she practices the same principles and does not keep alcohol in her home.
“(My daughters) save my life every day,” she said. “I know I have something to stand up for and to stay sober for.”
Romano noted that it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
“I look younger. I feel happier, “she said.” I can do so much more.
Romano first spoke about his journey in a 2018 essay for Teen Vogue.
“While many have seen my co-star Shia LaBeouf wrestle publicly, I have largely suffered in silence,” Romano wrote. “Nothing could have prepared me for the glory and responsibilities of being all over the TV screens.”