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David Arquette: 'Marriage Break-Up Accelerated My Drinking'

September 13th, 2011 8:49pm EDT

David ArquetteActor David Arquette has blamed his failing marriage to Courteney Cox for the drinking problem that landed him in rehab at the beginning of the year.

The Scream 4 star admits he was so devastated when he realized his marriage was over last summer, he drowned his sorrows with alcohol until it became something he needed to get through the day.

Appearing on Tuesday's Ellen DeGeneres Show, the actor said, "We had grown apart for quite a while and I was just really heartbroken over it. I used it as an excuse to accelerate my drinking. To be honest, I didn't want to live anymore. I was just so heartbroken and distraught and my family was broken. I didn't know how to deal with these feelings.

"There is a voice inside each one of our heads, it was very strong in my head, which is really critical: 'You're not good enough'. (It's) just a very mean voice when you look in the mirror.

"Parts of the aspect of... recovering from drinking was being able to recognize that voice and not taking it personally. Not taking it as truth. Seeing it as a voice and thought in my head that isn't real. I don't have to listen to it."

 

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