Nina Hastie celebrates 10 years of sobriety

Nina Hastie celebrates 10 years of sobriety

The comedian broke down while marking 3,652 days of sobriety.

Nina Hastie hugs her mother while taking a selfie
Nina Hastie and her mother Desa/ Instagram (ninahastie)

This week marked 10 years since Nina Hastie started her sobriety journey. The South African media personality got emotional while talking about how far she has come.

"I'm just really grateful to be alive. I'm grateful to so many people [who] have contributed to my sober life," she said in a video shared on Instagram.

A tearful Nina says many believed in her, with some even letting her sleep on their couch. 

".. so many people whose houses I've slept at, and couches I have slept on. Just so many people who were so very kind to me along the way, and in my sober journey, who have supported me and given me opportunities and believed in me," the 40-year-old comedian said. 

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Nina opened up about her challenges with alcohol and drug abuse in a recent episode of her newly launched podcast and video series, 'Otherwise, You Well?'"

She says she almost lost everything due to her addiction. 

"I struggled with my mental health since I was about 17. I've been to countless psychologists, psychiatrists, misdiagnosis, alcohol and drug abuse - all kinds of things...

"I woke up one day when I was 30, on the 16th of October 2013, and I was like, I need to do better, I need to feel better, I can't live like this. I had lost everything. My family cut me off. It was just a matter of, like, you're going to die if you don't sort this out" Nina said. 

She says she could not afford therapy and would attend group open therapy sessions in community halls to receive free help. 

Nina hopes her podcast will help people battling with mental health and addiction get the help they need. 

"I feel a lot of people don't know where to start. And that's what this is for. 'Otherwise, You Well', is me sharing the techniques and the tips and the tricks that I have learned to get to know myself because I feel that self-awareness is the baseline. Self-awareness is the metric for mental health. That's my ethos... I feel that if you know who you are then you can start making adjustments." 

Other stars who have opened up about their sobriety journey include Kabelo Mabalane, Demi Lovato, Eminem, and Darren Maule.

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