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Anthony Bourdain Dishes on His Addicted Past

The reality TV chef says he's "a very unusual case" who kicked drugs, but still drinks.

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By Ben Feuerherd

02/26/13

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Celebrity chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain got honest about his history with hard drugs, during an Ask Me Anything ("AMA") on Reddit yesterday. The site's users did ask him anything—including grilling him on his history with addiction, and how he manages to avoid drug relapse. "I was a complete asshole. Selfish, larcenous, druggy, loud, stupid, insensitive and someone you would not want to have known," he says about his early 20's. "I would have robbed your medicine cabinet had I been invited to your house." Bourdain, 57, has spoken before about being addicted to heroin when he was younger, but he drinks openly on his show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. "I am a VERY unusual case," he says. "Most people who kick heroin and cocaine have to give up on everything. Maybe cause my experiences were so awful in the end, I've never been tempted to relapse." One of his worst experiences apparently included "combing the shag carpet for paint chips in the hope that they were fallen crack bits," he recalls, and "smoking them anyway." Alcohol may not be the only substance in which Bourdain continues to indulge. When asked if he "hated" Amsterdam, he responds that the city "may not be the first place I think of as a food destination but I liked it fine! #420."

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