Lena has been sober for 18 months (Picture: Rex)

Lena Dunham has thanked the people she met during her stint at rehab in 2018, as she praises them for ‘showing me I was worth saving’ following her journey to sobriety.

The actress had previously checked into the Friendly House treatment centre in Los Angeles in early 2018 after admitting to misusing anti-anxiety medication Klonopin, and is now 18 months sober.

Speaking as she was presented with the Women Of The Year award at the organisations 30th Awards Luncheon, she recalled her time in rehab, as she believed it ‘was the end of my life’.

‘Seemingly overnight I had lost almost all of what I held dear,’ she said. ‘My relationships, my body and my career were in relative shambles from decisions I had made and things that had happened.

‘Well, I was under the influence of pills that I thought dulled my pain, but actually created it.’

Lena later thanked the people she met along the way, as she added that her healing process ‘began because I allowed myself to be loved by a group of people in recovery who showed me that I was worth saving and worth loving no matter what metaphorical and, like, sometimes literal alleys I had wandered down.’

She also admitting to feeling a sense of ‘shame’ when she left rehab, going under a false name as she ‘lived in fear of anyone finding out this fact of my life’ – but now that she’s been sober for a year and a half, her recovery ‘doesn’t cancel out’ her as a person.

The actress admitted to having a sense of ‘shame’ after she left rehab (Picture: WireImage)

‘I realised being me has hurt and sometimes it’s hurt so much that I couldn’t bear it. But being me is also a super power. And it’s the same for all of you,’ she added.

The Girls star previously spoke about how she started taking Klonopin to deal with traumatic experiences in her past, after previously being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

‘I was having crazy anxiety and having to show up for things that I didn’t feel equipped to show up for,’ she explained on comedian Dax Shepard’s podcast Amerchair Expert. ‘But I’d know I needed to do it, and when I took a Klonopin, I could do it.’

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