Former child star Tatum O’Neal told the New York Post:
“I lost my Scottish terrier, Lena,” three weeks ago. “That seemed to set me off.
“She got old. She got cancer. She was the fabric of our family. We had to let her go to heaven. My daughter and I had to put her down. It was too horrible for words.
“I couldn’t get out of it. I was going to my psychiatrist. I was doing everything I could do. I have the disease of alcoholism. It’s lifelong. I treat it every day by going to my 12-step program.”
But the loss of her 16-year-old pooch was too much. “It triggered that my mother passed away [from addiction] in ’98. My father [actor Ryan O’Neal] and I are estranged.”
O’Neal said it was a blessing that the arrest stopped her from actually being able to use the drugs and that she’s still sober.