Frances Bean Cobain opens up about addiction struggles

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Emily Reynolds

Frances Bean Cobain has talked frankly for the first time about her addiction struggles – and her sobriety.

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain,  has opened up on Instagram about her struggles with addiction  – and has said that she is now officially two years sober.

This is the first time Cobain has talked about her own struggles with addiction – though her two famous parents have had very public struggles with drug and alcohol. Kurt Cobain, her father and lead singer of grunge band Nirvana, died with drugs in his system in 1994, and mother Courtney Love, lead singer of Hole, has been in and out of rehab since the Nineties; her last stint in rehab was in 2005. 

And now Cobain has opened up about the two years she’s spent sober.

“I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love,” she wrote. “This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday.”

And the reason she’s decided to share her feelings “about something so intimate in a public forum” is because she feels that her “journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different”. 

“The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing,” she writes. 

Cobain continues: “it is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bizarre, uncomfortable, tragic, f****d up things that have ever happened or will ever happen.”

“Self destruction, toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to.” 

But, for Cobain, “choosing to be present” is “the best decision I’ve ever made”. 

“How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It’s all interconnected. It has to be,” she says. “So I’m gonna take today to celebrate my vibrant health and the abundance of happiness, gratitude, awareness, compassion, strength, fear, loss, wisdom, and the myriad of other messy, raw emotions I feel constantly. They inform who I am, what my intentions are, who i want to be and they force me to acknowledge my boundaries/limitations.”

“I claim my mistakes as my own because I believe them to be a contribution to a higher education. I am constantly evolving. The moment any evolution ceases is the moment I disservice myself and ultimately those I love. As cheesy and cornball as it sounds life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me.”

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