08/23/2007 at 05:00 PM EDT
issued a statement shortly after her lawyer negotiated a plea deal
for the actress in her DUI cases on Thursday, taking responsibility for her actions and saying she suffers from drug and alcohol addiction.
"It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs," she said in a statement.
"Recently, I relapsed and did things for which I am ashamed. I broke the law, and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case. No matter what I said when I was under the influence on the day I was arrested, I am not blaming anyone else for my conduct other than myself. I thank God I did not injure others. I easily could have.
"I very much want to be healthy and gain control of my life and career and have asked for medical help in doing so. I am taking these steps to improve my life. Luckily, I am not alone in my daily struggle and I know that people like me have succeeded. Maybe with time it will become easier. I hope so."