Westbrook's struggle with cocaine addiction has been widely documented in the British press and media. She has confessed that she first tried the drug at the age of 14, in a nightclub. After winning her role in EastEnders at the age of 16, Westbrook was a regular on the London club scene, and her cocaine usage escalated. She has commented "I was always in clubs and everyone was doing coke and it was glamorous – except obviously, it wasn't at all. I was just very young, very stupid and very easily led. . . I think there should be someone at EastEnders to say to young people when they come in, 'Look, your life is about to change, you're going to be invited places, and you'll be offered drugs. ' Someone who can tell them what sort of people are about, and what sort of papers, and how quickly what you've worked for all those years can be gone. " It is estimated that she has spent over £250,000 on drugs, used 5 g of cocaine every single day throughout her first pregnancy, and has admitted that during her lowest ebb she attempted suicide several times.