Dax Shepard's Wild Ride

Dax Shepard's Wild Ride

By Valerie Tejeda 09/21/12

The eight-years-sober Punk'd star's life used to be a coke-fueled mess—and he still bears the scars.

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Shepard and Bell co-star in Hit and Run.
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Dax Shepard discusses his former love for cocaine and Jack Daniel's, and some damaging drunken escapades, in a new interview with Playboy magazine. Shepard, 37, and his fiancee Kristen Bell were apparently quite the odd couple at the beginning of their relationship. “Kristen's a good girl. She grew up very Christian, went straight to college, did great in school and started work immediately. She's charitable and philanthropic and rescues dogs. So when we met, our backgrounds were opposites,” says Shepard. “All the things I'd done were terrifying to her.” His life pre-Bell was out of control: “I just loved to get fucked-up—drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel's and cocaine,” he recalls. “I lived for going down the rabbit hole of meeting weird people. Of course, come Monday I would be tallying up all the different situations, and each one was progressively more dangerous. I got lucky in that I didn’t go to jail.” The Punk'd star acquired some injuries during his hard-living years: “My nose is completely sideways from a drunken altercation. I’m missing a knuckle because of a drunken altercation,” he explains. “I ended up in a car accident with a [Hawaii] local on the way to get coke, which didn’t stop us from going to get coke. Then it wasn’t coke, it was crystal meth, but I did it anyway.” Shepard has now been clean and sober for eight years. “I think I have a pretty good handle on my 'isms,' but it takes a long time,” he says. “Each third or fourth bad thing you give up, you still have to hold on to one. I’m still on nicotine. I pound about a dozen of those Commit throat lozenges a day. I still drink gallons of coffee.”

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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