By Sharing Her Battle With Addiction, Frances Bean Cobain Hopes To Help Others

"How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls."

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain, is celebrating two years of sobriety and opening up about her battle with addiction in the hope of helping others who are struggling. The 25-year-old visual artist shared a powerful Instagram post on Tuesday, during a trip to Hawaii with her boyfriend Matthew Cook.


"I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love," she wrote to caption a clip of herself smiling in front of a beautiful landscape. "This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it's my 2nd sober birthday."

"It's an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum. The fact that I'm sober isn't really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately," Cobain continued. "But I think it's more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing."

Cobain didn't go into detail about the kind of addiction she struggled with, but shared her desire to help others by sharing her experience: "I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different."

"It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar [sic], uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen. Self destruction and toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to," she went on. "Undeniably, for myself and those around me becoming present is the best decision I have ever made. How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It's all interconnected. It has to be."

She shared that she was celebrating her "vibrant health" and "the myriad of ... messy emotions I feel constantly," adding, "I claim my mistakes as my own because I believe them to contribute to the dialogue of my higher education in life. I am constantly evolving."

Cobain reminded those reading that "life does get better, if you want it to," and added, "I'll never claim I know something other people don't. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me."

She isn't alone in her struggles. As People points out, both her parents battled addiction. Kurt Cobain had recently left a rehab facility before his suicide in 1994, after which heroin was found in his system. Courtney Love entered rehab in 2005 after violating her probation with drug use, and in 2015 she told David Letterman that her devotion to Buddhism aided in her sobriety and "turned everything around."

Cobain joins other public figures such as Chrissy Teigen, Eliza Dushku, and Pete Davidson, all of whom have recently opened up about their struggles with drugs and alcohol, and their journeys to sobriety. Hopefully, their honesty can help others who may need it.

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