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Bachelorette Alcoholism Revealed: What Caused Meredith Phillips To Spiral Out Of Control?

May 24, 2013 06:23 AM by Lisa Princ

Recently, Meredith Phillips, a former star of The Bachelorette, revealed her secret battle with alcoholism, but what really caused the “girl next door” to spiral out of control? As it turns out, Phillips was struggling with much more than she ever let on!

Some folks may be quick to judge those who struggle with alcoholism, but sometimes, when a person hits rock bottom, they feel it is their only way of coping. Could that have been the case with former Bachelorette star, Meredith Phillips? Phillips recently revealed her secret battle with booze, and explained that she is just now starting to get her life back together.

“It began with a lot of ‘Sunday Fundays.’ I would split a bottle of champagne with friends at brunch, then move on to wine,” Phillips told People Magazine. After her split from Ian McKee back in 2005, Meredith became increasingly depressed, and things just got worse from there. Phillips lost her father in 2009 of a sudden heart attack, and when her mother was hospitalized for cancer treatment, Meredith admitted that she drank to numb the pain. “My lowest point was when I realized my mother was in a hospital bed dying and of cancer and I was at her house, drinking myself to death. I just didn’t care,” the 39-year-old went on to reveal.

Luckily for Phillips, her family was there to help and support her. It was Meredith’s brother, Matt who finally confronted her about her drinking problem, and then paid for her to head to rehab. These days, Meredith is looking forward to an alcohol free future, but she knows that she has a long road ahead of her. Thankfully, the love of her family is enough to keep her going.

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5 Responses to “Bachelorette Alcoholism Revealed: What Caused Meredith Phillips To Spiral Out Of Control?”

  1. Jacqueline Says:
    May 24th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I like that Meredith shared her story. Been there done that. It is always comforting to know that others have too.

  2. Deb Says:
    May 24th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m not sure why she felt the need to share this part of her life but I’m sure she has her reasons. The fact that she has shows a lot of courage on her part and admirable that she is heading in a better direction now. Applause to her brother for confronting her and paying for her treatment.

  3. RkyMtGirl Says:
    May 24th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Wishing you continued sobriety, Meredith! I am married to an alcoholic (sober 3 years) and I know it’s a very difficult demon to beat. Bless you!!

  4. Amber Says:
    May 24th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The first step is always confessing to your problems. At least her family is willing to help her, and stand beside her no matter how hard it gets.. Proud Of You Girl!

  5. Kurt Says:
    May 26th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I always liked her on the show, just shows you never know what someone is facing, good for her as she sets good example to convey her human struggles we all face.

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