In 2009 won Alexander Rybak Eurovision, as he stroked the way to the top with the song 'Fairytale' and left, among others, the Danish contribution Brinck with the song 'Believe Again' to secondary locations.
Now reveal the today 34-year-old Norwegian musician and violinist, he has since been suffering with addictions, as he has since January been in treatment for.
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It reveals he is on his Instagram profile.
'I have lived with a secret. In the 11 years I have been addicted to sleeping pills and antidepressants. It started out harmless, but in the end had the near laid my life in ruins. In January I started on the detox (with good help from the doctors), and slowly I am beginning to feel like myself again', writes Alexander Rybak.
Here he tells frankly about how the pills have affected him for the negative.
'In recent years, the pills made me weak and scared. It has not only affected my brain but also my muscles and stomach. It has destroyed my relationship to other people, but most importantly it destroyed almost my will to live', he writes.
He goes on to tell that he hopes his story can help others who are in the same situation, and that he, therefore, in the coming time will tell about the different things that have happened - without getting into the details of what.
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I've been living with a secret. For 11 years I have been addicted to sleep medications and antidepressants. It started out harmless, but in the end it almost ruined my life. This January I started rehab (with good help from my doctors) and little by little I'm starting to feel like myself again. During the past years the pills made me weak and scared. It affected not only my brain but also my muscles and stomach. It destroyed my relationships to people, but most importantly it almost destroyed my will to live. I know there are many out there who are struggling with the same problems, so over the next weeks I will be sharing my experiences with you and if somebody can learn from them, it will make me feel better. * У меня была тайна. 11 лет я был зависим от снотворного и антидепрессантов. Сначала все было хорошо, но в итоге моя жизнь чуть не разрушилась. В январе этого года я начал курс реабилитации (при помощи моих врачей) и постепенно прихожу в порядок. В последние годы зависимости таблетки сделали меня слабым и напуганным. Это затронуло не только мой мозг, но и отразилось на мышцах, желудке и общем состоянии организма. Эта зависимость портила мои отношения с людьми, но самое главное, она почти уничтожила мою волю к жизни. Я знаю, что есть много людей, которые борются подобным, поэтому в течение следующих недель я поделюсь с вами своим опытом, и я буду рад, если кому-то он поможет. #mentalhealth #mentalhelse #rehab #addiction #зависимость #психология
by the same token, he has released two songs, one of which is about a broken mind.
'I know that there are many out there who are struggling with the same problems, so over the next few weeks I will share my experiences with you, and if someone can learn from them, it will get you to to get better', he writes, and give thanks in a new posting for the support.
'thank you for your beautiful words and support'.
In 2009 he won the Eurovision. Photo: Ole Frederiksen
For the newspaper the World he elaborates and explains that the problems arose in connection with the Eurovision, which was held in Moscow that year.
It began as a little innocent help to sleep during the Eurovision in Moscow, but it ended up taking complete control over my life in recent years, says Alexander Rybak.
He does not want to go into details, but says that it has removed a heavy stone from his shoulders to reveal the secret.
- It has been hard to travel around, smile and pretend like nothing. After I published the post, I feel 100 kilograms lighter, he says.