‘It takes the anguish away,’ says Sue Devaney of her health. The star of Corrie faced a ‘catastrophic’ addiction.
Sue Devaney is best remembered for her role as Debbie Webster in Coronation Street. In 1984, she made her first appearance on the imaginary street, and she later returned to play Kevin Webster’s sister. Sue has had to deal with some frightening and severe health issues in the meanwhile.
The actress, who has also dabbled in musical theatre, made a welcome return to Coronation Street in 2014, performing in Mamma Mia! at the Blackpool Opera House, 36 years after she initially performed the role. When the actress returned to Manchester, where the show is filmed, she was struck by the number of homeless individuals on the streets. Those who struggled with drugs and alcohol were the ones who made her think about her own mental health and addiction problems.
Sue told the Manchester Evening News, “I know what it’s like to be desperate.”
“People turn to substance addiction because it temporarily relieves anguish, even if only for an hour or two.”
“Then it stops functioning, and the same thing that was supposed to relieve your agony is now causing you excruciating anguish.”
The actress opened up about her personal experience, which wasn’t so much about alcohol as it was about anything she could get her hands on.
She went on to explain that she had a “disease of more, more, more,” and that she had a “insatiable thirst for the unpleasant things in life.”
She was able to sympathize with individuals living on the streets because of her horrific experiences with addiction.
“There’s a lot of misconception about homeless people because some of them, but not all of them,” Sue explained.
“I’m passionate about assisting these individuals because I understand what it’s like to be without money or a job.”
“Like many of us, I’ve struggled with mental health concerns, low self-esteem, and low self-worth. I understand what it’s like to be a recovering addict.
“I am fortunate.” I received assistance. More, more, more… more alcohol, more sugar, just an insatiable thirst for the terrible things in life was my sickness. Everything in excess, nothing in moderation. I drew the wrong kind of people to me.
“Does having an addiction make me less of a person?” I’m not one of them. So, if they use drugs and drink to cope, are they less of a person?” Addiction, according to the NHS, is defined as a lack of something. “Brinkwire News Summary.”