Olivia Newton-John’s daughter claims that growing up in the spotlight, with the pressure of living up to her mother, facilitated the development cocaine and alcohol addiction. Chloe Lattanzi, now 27 years old, is opening up about her life and the choices she has made that lead her to chemical dependency.
In her words, “Growing up I was under immense pressure being the daughter of such a famous woman. You don’t have a normal childhood and you don’t have that space to make mistakes and find your feet, as everyone is watching you.”
Chloe has further revealed that she grew up with fear, anxiety, and depression that were relieved when she used cocaine and alcohol. It started with drinking, which sucked her into the partying culture that introduced her to cocaine. Her use spiraled out of control until she was drinking vodka everyday, often to the point of blacking out, and using up to $60 of cocaine daily.
How Did Chloe Stop Drinking and Using?
After four years of substance abuse progressing to the point of addiction, Chloe has disclosed that it took a night out with her mother for her to finally seek help. Chloe got really drunk and confessed everything, all her drug abuse, to her mom. Olivia responded by seeking the help of Dr. Drew Pinsky, a highly-respected specialist in the field of chemical dependency and a well-known personality for his work on the TV show Celebrity Rehab.
Chloe’s parents and the team of professional experts worked to get Chloe into the right treatment center for her. After completing a rehab program, Chloe seemed to be taking steps in the right direction, but then she relapsed back into the life of daily drinking and cocaine abuse.
Another intervention was needed, and this time Chloe completed rehab and has since stayed sober. She has been living in a sober home for the last seven months, and appears to be looking and feeling much better. Chloe says that, “I honestly felt that for the first time in my life there was hope. I am really proud of how far I’ve come and so are all of my family and James (Driskill, her boyfriend). Just recently I had a conversation with my mum about all I had been through and she told me she was really proud of me for not having secrets anymore, for being open and honest about what I was going through.”
Chloe’s Life Before Substances
It was not public information the way her addiction now is, but Olivia Newton-John’s only child suffered from anorexia for years. About five years ago Olivia discussed the heartbreaking time she had trying to help her daughter heal from such a damaging eating disorder. The effects are psychological, emotional, and physical when a relationship with food and body image has become obsessive and out of control.
In millions of cases, dual diagnosis, the presence of two or more diagnosable disorders, is keeping someone very sick. People will symptoms of a mental illness or an eating disorder often turn to drugs and alcohol to feel better, to numb out, or to escape from the symptoms they cannot handle on their own. Drug and alcohol abuse lead to addiction and the person can no longer experience life in a healthy way.
Chloe’s struggle with anorexia most likely made alcohol and cocaine more appealing, and seemed to offer her at least temporary relief from the emotional pain.
Balboa Horizons offers comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment for people like Chloe. If only one disorder is treated, the other can continue to hinder the individual’s life. Seeking treatment for both anorexia and addiction at the same time may be what saved Chloe Lattanzi’s life.