Osher Gunsberg has always been candid about his struggles with mental illness and addiction.
And now the 44-year-old has written a book about it.
Back, After The Break. will detail his battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety, and his addiction to alcohol and other substances.
The Bachelor host recently told Stellar he doesn’t remember filming much of the second season of Australian Idol, or accepting the show’s first Logie.
“Addictions are, in my opinion, avoidant behaviours,” he told the publication.
“They become a solution. Not a problem, but a solution. And eventually it can become so big it will cause great jeopardy, pain and damage in your life. If you’re lucky, like me, you reach a point where you stop — because the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the fear of change.”
The TV host explained that once you remove those avoidant behaviours, “all those things you were avoiding roar to life”.
“And you have to figure out how to live with the things you’ve been blocking out. In my case, since I was a teenager.”
Gunsberg said he uses that time in his life to remind himself how far he has come.
“But I’m disappointed when I meet people from that time in my life and they’re excited to see me again… and I don’t remember who they are. The hurt in their face, that makes me sad,” he said.