"Brady Bunch" Star Maureen McCormick Credits Family For Sobriety

By Beth Leipholtz 09/21/18

During her last relapse, McCormick was dating her now-husband who she says gave her an ultimatum.

Maureen McCormick

Maureen McCormick, formerly known as Marcia Brady in the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, says she owes her sobriety to her parents and husband. 

“My mom and dad, they almost turned me in to the cops,” McCormick recently told Us Weekly. “They were at their last… cause they had been trying for years and knew something was going on and I was pretty sneaky and I could hide very, very well.

“But then I started messing up on jobs and so many things, so I’m sure everyone in the industry at the time knew that I was flaking out.”

During her last relapse, McCormick was dating her now-husband, Michael Cummings, who she says gave her an ultimatum, according to Us Weekly.

“[I] met this guy [Michael Cummings]—it was before we were married and we were just dating—and I had my last relapse. He came to me and said, ‘If you ever do this drug again, I’m gone, I’m leaving.’ It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take, there’s just no way I’m gonna lose somebody that I love.”

She continued, “We’ve been married now for 33 years. I just had a feeling that I could trust him with my whole heart and that he was so honest and such a beautiful, beautiful human being.”

For anyone struggling with substance use disorder, McCormick tells Us Weekly that it’s vital to separate from anyone still using drugs.

“I recommend to anyone who’s struggling to throw that phone book out and do not, do not hang out with anyone who’s using,” she warned. “I had to literally say goodbye to so many people that I was hanging out with.”

In 2008, McCormick released a memoir called Here’s the Story that discussed how she initially began using drugs. 

In that memoir, according to The Telegraph, McCormick discusses how she at one point traded sex and naked video tapes for drugs. “If there was coke, I had to stay up and do every last flake even if it meant going without sleep for days,” she wrote in the book. “Nothing else mattered.”

In 2017, with 35 years of sobriety, McCormick told Entertainment Tonight that life has never been better. 

“I am so lucky to be here, alive, and I feel like my mind is still really good. I feel very, very lucky that I came out of it,” McCormick said. “I struggled with drug addiction for gosh, six, seven years and it was awful. I’ve been sober now for 35 years, and my life has never been so good.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.