Demi Moore Gets Candid About the Root of Her 'Self-Destructive' Drug and Alcohol Abuse Before Sobriety
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The actress credits two people she "barely knew" for giving her the ultimatum that saved her life and led to recovery.

Demi Moore got real about her struggle with addiction over the weekend.

While accepting the Woman of the Year Award from the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, a recovery center in Los Angeles, the actress shared the root of her drug and alcohol abuse: self esteem.

"I feel like there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we go, and early in my career, I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction, and no matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough," Moore said in her acceptance speech on Saturday, according to People. "I had absolutely no value for myself."

Moore went to rehab for addiction in the 1980s and then had a relapse in 2012. During her speech, she expressed gratitude for two people she "barely knew" for turning her life around when she had reached rock bottom.

"And this self-destructive path, it very quickly...brought me to a real crisis point," she said. "And it wasn't clear at the time the reason -- maybe it was divine intervention -- but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity."

"In fact, it was more like an ultimatum ... unless I was dead, that I better show up," she continued. "They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than I saw of myself. And I'm so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn't be standing here today."

"I know in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and expressed my fear that I wasn't good enough," Moore concluded her speech. "And she said, 'You will never be good enough but you can know the value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.' So today, I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth...I think the root of what really fulfills us in life is being of service."

Moore also thanked her three daughters -- Rumer, 30, Scout, 27, and Tallulah, 24 -- who she shares with ex-husband Bruce Willis.

The "Ghost" star took to her Instagram account Sunday night so talk more about her self-destructive past and expressed that she was "grateful for the love and support of friends and family," including her "furry family" of animals.

"Ru @rumerwillis Scouter @scoutlaruewillis and my Boo @buuski seeing your beautiful smiling faces-you are what makes my heart worth beating. Everything I do is for you!" Moore wrote in the caption. "Thank you my dear friend Amanda @amandadecadenet for presenting me with this beautiful honor and bringing your strength beauty depth intelligence and deep loving. Having you there was like being wrapped in a warm blanket of love and safety."

Moore added that it was an "honor" to be recognized by Friendly House and shouted out the event's host, actress Amber Valletta, calling her a "pillar of calm grace and ease." The actress also spoke about the horrific Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting from over the weekend.

"Thank you to all my friends who supported me and @friendlyhousela but who could not be there yesterday," she said. "Your support is what allows Friendly House to do the amazing work they do helping women find recovery and reclaim their lives with dignity!! This Instagram business is still new for me and yesterday's unspeakable act in Pittsburgh left me gutted and frozen, completely unable to even think about sharing my gratitude for such a beautiful event."

"I will figure this out but please excuse me in advanced for any IG faux pax of insensitivity it certainly is not intended," Moore concluded. "My heart goes out to the families. I believe in the power of LOVE! These are the moments we need to inject greater loving compassion acceptance and understanding."

So grateful for the love and support of friends and family even my furry family! Ru @rumerwillis Scouter @scoutlaruewillis and my Boo @buuski seeing your beautiful smiling faces-you are what makes my heart worth beating. Everything I do is for you! Thank you my dear friend Amanda @amandadecadenet for presenting me with this beautiful honor and bringing your strength beauty depth intelligence and deep loving. Having you there was like being wrapped in a warm blanket of love and safety. It was an honor to be recognized by @FriendlyHouseLA alongside @angelamanueldavis @wzyofweho #BarbaraBachStarkey and #MarjorieBackWalsh With the gorgeous @ambervalletta as our host Amber you are a pillar of calm grace and ease that reminded me to breathe thank you! my anchors for always being there @ericbuterbaugh @jwuntitled Girls love @moonfrye @spagettyos_ @lennz13 @danielavillegasjewelry @atlantabean @trinavenit #sathari #danaharris #michellealves Thank you to all my friends who supported me and @friendlyhousela but who could not be there yesterday. Your support is what allows Friendly House to do the amazing work they do helping women find recovery and reclaim their lives with dignity!! This Instagram business is still new for me and yesterday’s unspeakable act in Pittsburgh left me gutted and frozen, completely unable to even think about sharing my gratitude for such a beautiful event. I will figure this out but please excuse me in advanced for any IG faux pax of insensitivity it certainly is not intended. My heart goes out to the families. I believe in the power of LOVE! These are the moments we need to inject greater loving compassion acceptance and understanding. #LoveWins

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