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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Michelle Knight Admits To Drinking Problem After Rescue

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May 7 2018, Updated 11:58 a.m. ET

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Cleveland kidnapping survivor Michelle Knight admitted in her new memoir that she turned to alcohol - a lot of it - after she was rescued from Ariel Castro's house of horrors in 2013.

In her new book, Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings, Knight wrote about the transition from being raped and tortured in Castro's home for a decade to living life on her own as a free woman. She said she relied on alcohol at first.

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"Around this time I was really behaving like a party animal," Knight revealed.

The former captive said she would often hang out at karaoke bars and that's where she met some new friends she still has today. However, she slowly realized that her drinking was turning into a problem both in and out of the new Ohio apartment she purchased.

"I realized I was drinking too much with my new friends - drinking too much without them as well," Knight wrote.

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Knight revealed that her heavy drinking continued in 2014 when she began her book tour for her first memoir, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed.

"I was drinking too much, eating too much junk food, sleeping badly, if at all, feeling lonely in the middle of crowds, and in general going down an unhealthy and unhappy path. I knew it too - I couldn't not know it."

As readers know, Knight has since married a man named Miguel Antonio Rodriguez. previously reported exclusive photos of the new couple. In her book, Knight also revealed Rodriguez, too, suffered from a drinking problem. The two, however, are now living healthy, she states in her book.

The Ariel Castro survivor admitted she still does like to have a "glass of wine each evening."

"And that's it," she concluded.

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