Cheryl Burke Addiction

Cheryl Burke Addiction

'Dancing With The Stars' Pro Cheryl Burke Opens Up About Her Addiction

She's been sober for three years.

10/21/2021 8:14:00 PM

She's been sober for three years.

She's been sober for three years.

."Today marks 3 years sober..." she captioned the photo."3 years of growth. 3 years of change. 3 years of committing to be a better version of myself and still believing the best is yet to come. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. I couldn’t do it without you ✨ #onedayatatime"

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This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.A post shared by Cheryl Burke (@cherylburke)Cheryl said that it’s been really powerful to open up about her journey, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

“When I started sharing more, the pandemic was in full force, and a lot of people were falling down that dark hole," she writes."I also knew how intenseDWTSwas and knew it would be a struggle for AJ [McLean] as well, being newly sober. We had very open conversations about our pasts and I know that being under so much pressure on a show like that can be detrimental to your mental health and sobriety.”

Cheryl also wrote that her husband, Matthew Lawrence, was a big reason she decided to become sober. “I don’t think I would have done it if we hadn’t made the commitment to get married,” she said. “With him, I saw a bright future after losing my father, and I was able to come out of a dark place.”

Related Story52 Celebrities Who Don't Drink AlcoholCheryl also mentioned that it wasn't easy for the people around her to adapt to her new lifestyle.“There’s a lot of ‘why can’t you just have one drink?’ even from close friends when you’re at a birthday party or with a bunch of people who you used to party with,” she wrote. “It’s important for people who haven’t been sober to take the time to educate themselves on how to respect their sober friend. Your relationships will change, but you’ll find new relationships, too. I’ve made a lot of new friends who are also wanting to evolve and grow into the best version of themselves like I am. When your perspective changes, you attract different people in your life.”

Related StoryCheryl said that dancing has helped her, too. “I have always said that dance is a form of therapy. As stressful as it is, pouring myself into a season ofDWTSand dedicating my time to help my partner grow, in whatever journey they are on, is what I love to do,” she said.

Cheryl ended her essay with this final note:"One day at a time."Korin MillerKorin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.

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