Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli has recently opened up about his struggles with addiction and childhood trauma in a revealing interview with The Guardian.

Alli shared that he had spent six weeks in rehab to overcome an addiction to sleeping pills. He explained that his addiction began after he suffered a hamstring injury in 2019, which left him unable to play and caused him to struggle with depression. Alli turned to sleeping pills as a means of coping, but soon found himself reliant on them.

Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma
Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma

The midfielder went on to describe the difficulties he faced growing up, including being molested by a friend of his alcoholic mother when he was just 13 years old. Alli also revealed that he had sold drugs when he was just eight years old to help support his family.

Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma
Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma

Despite these challenges, Alli has found success on the football pitch as a key player for Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. He has scored 63 goals and provided 56 assists in 256 appearances for Tottenham since joining the club in 2015.

Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma
Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma

Alli’s decision to speak openly about his struggles has been praised by many, with mental health advocates hailing his bravery in bringing attention to issues of addiction and childhood trauma.

In the interview, Alli also discussed the importance of seeking help and the support he has received from his family and friends. He emphasized the need for people to talk about their struggles and seek professional help when needed.

Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma
Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma

Alli’s story serves as a reminder of the challenges that many people face on a daily basis, and the importance of speaking out about mental health and seeking support. It also highlights the importance of providing support and resources for those struggling with addiction and childhood trauma.

Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma
Dele Alli opens up about struggles with addiction and childhood trauma

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