Three years after deciding to quit drinking alcohol, Sara Lathan has spoken candidly about her sobriety, sharing that her previous lifestyle “just didn’t work.”
The 49-year-old “Love & Basketball” star explained in a new interview that she felt healthier overall after putting the bottle down.
“Alcohol was not doing well with me physically”, Lathan tell people Wednesday. âIt just didn’t work anymore. It affects everything, and that’s part of the reason I quit because even though you go out a few times a week and drink it was starting to affect me throughout the week.
She continued, âIt wouldn’t necessarily be a hangover, but it definitely took down my energy. I didn’t feel so good. It affected the anxiety.
Lathan admitted that her mother was part of her decision to quit, calling her the “funniest” and “happiest” person she knows despite never having drunk.
The actress admitted that she once struggled to challenge “this whole belief that you can only have fun with alcohol.”
âI had to really reprogram this aspect, because it’s just finished in our culture,â she explained. âSo I didn’t miss it. My life has definitely turned into a morning life, but I can still go out and have fun.
Lathan, who is the daughter of director and television producer Stan Lathan, added that she instead turns to meditation and daily journaling to help her cope with the stresses of everyday life.
The “Nappily Ever After” star called herself a “great advocate” of meditation, sharing that the practice had helped her deal with trauma after losing a friend unexpectedly.
âI really feel blessed to be on this journey, as difficult as it has been, to be an artist in this field,â she explained. “I don’t take the success that I have had for granted.”