NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has yet another reason to be proud of his daughter, Chiara. The 19-year-old will be honored by the U.S. Department of Health for her decision to seek treatment for her substance abuse and depression. Chiara has been chosen as a role model for young adults suffering with similar issues. Congrats, Chiara!
Chiara de Blasio, 19, became an inspiration for teenagers everywhere when she decided to open up about her addiction struggles after seeking appropriate treatment in 2013. Now, the First Daughter of New York City will be honored by the U.S. Department of Health for her actions.
Chiara de Blasio Being Honored For Substance Abuse Treatment
Just days before her father would take office as the Mayor, Chiara de Blasio made a shocking revelation.
On Christmas Eve in 2013, Chiara shared that she she received treatment for substance abuse and depression within the past year.
Now, the U.S. Department of Health is commending her not only for her brave decision to get help, but for sharing her story with the world.
“She was selected because we see her as really a great message of hope for other young adults,” Paolo del Vecchio, director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration explained.
This honor will rank Chiara among other young public figures who have become role models for seeking treatment, such as Demi Lovato.
This is awesome news. Congrats, Chiara! Mayer de Blasio must be so proud.
Chiara Drank Alcohol & Did Drugs Before Treatment
When Chiara made the stunning announcement that she had recently received treatment, she did so by releasing her stunning confession via a pre-recorded video.
In the video, she attributed her decision to seek help to her loving and supportive parents.
“My mom was trying really hard to help me, any little thing she could, and my dad was doing the same. But obviously, he was really busy,” she said then, in a smoothly produced video that broke the news. “But they were very emotionally committed to some way to get me better.” Chiara explained in the video that “it made it easier the more I drank and did drugs to share some common ground with people I [otherwise] wouldn’t have.”
Wow, what a powerful statement. Chiara is lucky to have such an incredible family standing by her side at all times.
Hopefully, her story will inspire other young men and women who are struggling with substance abuse and depression to get treatment before it’s too late.
– Lauren Cox