Celebrity·Posted on Apr 19, 2023Hayden Panettiere Opened Up About Some Of The Scary Side Effects She Dealt With Amid Her Alcoholism"My body was like, 'Enough.'"by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink This story contains discussion of substance abuse. Hayden Panettiere has been sober for almost two years, but her journey to get there was a difficult one. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images The Scream actress stepped away from the spotlight for years while she dealt with alcohol and opioid addiction as well as postpartum depression. View this photo on Instagram @haydenpanettiere / Via instagram.com Amid her journey, Hayden says she dealt with some pretty serious health consequences that got to a point where she was experiencing liver failure. Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images Looking back, Hayden admits that wasn't the only side effect she dealt with — she also found herself unable to sleep. Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images "I struggled with sleep deprivation. Sleep is massive," she told Women’s Health magazine. "It affects your motor skills, your ability to think, and your overall health. … My body was like, 'Enough.'" View this photo on Instagram @haydenpanettiere / Via instagram.com On top of that, Hayden says that by the time she hit 30, her eyes were yellow, and her hair was falling out. Roy Rochlin / FilmMagic / Getty Images "My face was swollen. I had jaundice. My eyes were yellow. I had to go to a liver specialist," she shared. Amanda Edwards / Getty Images She continued, "I was holding on to weight that wasn’t normally there. My hair was thin and coming out in clumps." Jeff Bottari / Zuffa LLC via Getty Images In 2021, Hayden hit her breaking point and checked into a treatment center to get the help she needed. View this photo on Instagram @haydenpanettiere / Via instagram.com "I did a lot of work on myself. After eight months of intensive therapy, I felt like I had this blank canvas to work with," Hayden shared. Paula Lobo / ABC via Getty Images Now that Hayden has gotten sober, she says a big part of her "therapy has been living in forgiveness." Jamie Mccarthy / WireImage / Getty Images "A step in the 12-step program is making amends. If someone wants to be a good person and to be the best version of themselves, they can choose to do that," Hayden concluded. View this photo on Instagram @haydenpanettiere / Via instagram.com You can read all that Hayden had to say here. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.