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Jodi Gordon has spoken out after battling alcohol abuse and depression.

Speaking in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazinethe former Neighbors star said she was in “a dark place” before entering rehab.

“Alcohol is definitely my poison. I’ve been chasing the illusion that I can drink like a normal person for far too long,” the 37-year-old told the publication on Saturday.

Recovery: Jodi Gordon (pictured) has spoken out after battling alcohol abuse and depression. In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine, the former Neighbors star said she was in a “dark place” before entering rehab.

“It got really bad when I was doing Neighbors. In my industry, I think there’s a lot to keep up with appearances. I tried to present something more than [what] I could pretend I’m the boss, try my best, but just sink.’

Jodi explained that her mental health was declining and she was initially reluctant to seek help.

“I had been in this really dark place of depression over the years. But the place I was before I went to rehab was a really dark place,” she said.

“Alcohol is definitely my poison.  I've had this illusion that I can drink like a normal person for far too long,

“Alcohol is definitely my poison. I’ve had this illusion that I can drink like a normal person for far too long,” the 37-year-old said. ‘It got really bad when I did Neighbors’

“It’s a place where I’ve been so far in this pit – that’s what I call it – that it’s really hard to think, hear, see any kind of light or connect with anyone, let alone reach out or talk to someone.

‘I had someone help me make that choice and I booked myself in… reluctantly, but within a few days I knew I was exactly where I belonged’.

Gordon, known for her roles in Neighbors and Home and Away, recently completed an “immersion therapy” program in the wake of her bitter break with prominent investment banker Sebastian Blackler.

Support: Jodi explained that her mental health was suffering and she was initially reluctant to seek help.  “I had been in this really dark place of depression over the years.  But the place I was before I went to rehab was a really dark place,

Support: Jodi explained that her mental health was suffering and she was initially reluctant to seek help. “I had been in this really dark place of depression over the years. But the place I was before I went to rehab was a really dark place,” she said

In the wake of their breakup, she checked into The Sydney Retreat in Stanmore, where clients are offered a “30-day recovery program” for $8,800.

While she was staying at the clinic, a friend of Gordon told the Daily Mail Australia about her situation: ‘Jodi is in a sensitive condition.’

Last month, Magistrate Leanne Robinson at the local Windsor court ordered that Gordon and Blackler, her 18-month-old boyfriend, be banned from contacting each other until April 2024.

Better: Jodi has checked in to The Sydney Retreat in Stanmore, where customers are offered a

Better: Jodi has checked in to The Sydney Retreat in Stanmore, where customers are offered a “30-day recovery program” for $8,800. “I had someone help me make that choice and I booked myself in… reluctantly, but within a few days I knew I was exactly where I belonged,” she said.

Another condition of the AVOs that the police have sealed against the couple – and approved without confession by their lawyers – prohibits them from stalking, harassing or assaulting each other.

The AVOs cover an alleged altercation on April 3 in the far north west of Sydney.

NSW police were called to a bed and breakfast on Sunday morning and arrested Blackler, but later released him without charge.

Ex: Jodi, who is best known for playing Elly Conway at Neighbors between 2016 and 2020, was previously married to rugby league footballer Braith Anasta, 40, between 2012 and 2015. Pictured together in 2011

Ex: Jodi, who is best known for playing Elly Conway at Neighbors between 2016 and 2020, was previously married to rugby league footballer Braith Anasta, 40, between 2012 and 2015. Pictured together in 2011

Family: The actress, who recently starred in The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, shares daughter, Aleeia, eight (pictured), with Anasta

Family: The actress, who recently starred in The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, shares daughter, Aleeia, eight (pictured), with Anasta

Court documents reportedly said that when police asked 31-year-old Blackler about bruising and swelling in his left eye, he claimed his girlfriend “beat him with a wine bottle” but declined to make a formal statement.

Jodi, who is best known for playing Elly Conway at Neighbors between 2016 and 2020, was previously married to rugby league footballer Braith Anasta, 40, between 2012 and 2015.

The actress, who recently starred in The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, shares daughter, Aleeia, eight, with Anasta.

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine featuring Jodi Gordon on the cover

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine featuring Jodi Gordon on the cover

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