Drew Barrymore said she was committed to psychiatric ward at age 13

The actress and talk show host shared the stunning details about the year and a half she spent in a facility and how the experience influenced how she’s raising her children.
2:48 | 02/25/21

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Transcript for Drew Barrymore said she was committed to psychiatric ward at age 13
We are going to turn now to drew barrymore. The actress is revealing new details about when her mom placed her in a psychiatric ward at 13 for a year and a half and Kaylee Hartung has details with what happened inside the facility and her relationship with her mom now. Drew barrymore was admittedly out of control at 13. There was drugs, alcohol and partying. Hard to imagine and so is what happened next. She's now describing the padded rooms and stretchers with restraints at the institution her mom sent her to. This morning, actress turned talk show host drew barrymore opening up in a new interview with Howard Stern about her experience and what she calls a psychiatric ward at just 13 years old. I was just like a little spa vacation for 30 days like in malibu was sort of the opposite of the experience I had. I was in a place for a year and a half and you couldn't mess around in there. And if you did you would get thrown either in the padded room or get put in stretcher restraints and tied up. Reporter: Inside the facility she says she was known to instigate uproars. I would totally rile the entire joint up and it was like half a kids' facility and half like an old persons place so like -- as I was like riling up these like young girls like the woman in the walker would go by. It was hilarious. Reporter: At the time barrymore was riding high on the heels of child super stardom and iconic roles in "E.T." But barely a teenager she began experimenting with drugs and alcohol and acting out. She says she believes her mother jade felt she had nowhere else to turn. You know, I think she created a monster and she didn't know what to do with the monster and this was her last gasp. When miss drew was going through this 30 years ago mental health treatment for young people was so different. You know, maybe even nonexistent. We need to start treating and addressing the mental health issues as young and as early as possible. Reporter: Barrymore says growing up her mom treated her more like a friend an a now 46 she is a mom to two daughters of her own and says she's doing things differently. I raise my girls so much more traditionally and quietly and very protectively and such an antithesis to my upbringing. Reporter: Not long after drew left that facility she legally separated from her mom and she says that was the worst pain she's ever known. But decades later there's healing. They've reconciled and drew says that's possible in part because now that she has two daughters of her own she has more empa tri for her mom. We turn to the new study on plant proteins and long-term

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