Demi Moore was named woman of the year at the 29th annual Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Awards Luncheon on Saturday, and she took the opportunity to be honest about her own recovery.
Friendly House offers a "safe, structured and supportive home environment" for women recovering from substance use, according to their website. During her acceptance speech at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, the actress, 55, explained why the mission of the nonprofit organization moves her.
"I feel there are defining moments in our lives that shape who we are and the direction we take, and at the beginning of my career, I was in a spiral of real self-destruction, and no matter how successful I've been, I just never felt what well enough, "explained Moore, who noted that she was" grateful "for her daughters in solidarity with her former Bruce Willis, Rumer, 30, Scout, 27 and Tallulah, 24.
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"He had no value for me," Moore continued. "And this self-destructive road, very quickly … took me to a real crisis point, and at that moment the reason was not clear, maybe it was a divine intervention, but two people I barely knew got up and put on standing up for me, and they gave me a chance. "
"In fact, it was more like an ultimatum … unless I was dead, I'd better introduce myself," he said. "They gave me the opportunity to redirect the course of my life before it destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more of me than me. And I am very grateful because without that opportunity, without your confidence in me, I would not be here today. "
Moore went to rehabilitation for addiction to drugs and alcohol in the mid-eighties. In January 2012, after months of partying and drastic weight loss, Moore collapsed in convulsions at his home in L.A. and was hospitalized before going to rehabilitation for addiction and an eating disorder, PEOPLE sources said at the time.
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"I know that in a time of great struggle for me, I approached a wise teacher and expressed my fear that he was not good enough," Moore concluded in his speech. "And she said:" You'll never be good enough, but you can know the value of your value. "Release the lever." So today, leave the metering lever and I appreciate this beautiful recognition and the opportunity to know the value of my worth. "
"I think the root of what really satisfies us in life is to be of service," Moore shared with reporters at the event.
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Soleil Moon Frye sprouted on the "special, bright, beautiful, amazing, enlightening" Moore at lunch.
"She listens and shared so much wisdom, and has been in each of my delivery rooms and helped give birth to each of my babies," said the former Punk Brewster actress told reporters. "She has always appeared for me, and I love her with all my heart."