Star Hayden Panettiere discusses her history of drug abuse.

Hayden Panettiere has spoken about her addiction, which she says forced her to struggle at the height of her popularity.

Panettiere, who is currently 32, has been a regular on television since she made her debut in 2006 on NBC's "Heroes."

In a recent People interview, she recalls on her "tough years" opposite Connie Britton in "Nashville."

"I related to several of the issues, such drinking and postpartum depression. Personal concerns" In an interview, she revealed this.

She said being neat on stage was her saving grace. "But everything went awry. I couldn't live without drugs and alcohol as I got older."

Doctors once informed her that her liver might "give out." She told People, "I was self-destructing."

Panettiere, who has a 7-year-old daughter with ex-husband Wladimir Klitschko, is positive about the future after spending eight months in a rehabilitation center.

She will shortly be seen in another "Scream" installment. Panettiere has been helping the Ukrainian defenders financially for a while now.