Kirstie Alley Delves Into Her Cocaine Past

By Shawn Dwyer 12/09/13

In a sit down with shock jock Howard Stern, the actress offered more details about her past addiction to cocaine.

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It should come as a surprise to no one that Kirstie Alley was a cocaine addict in her early days as an actress. To be sure, Alley has been less-than-shy about her history with the drug. But what has been missing all these years was how, exactly, she became addicted in the first place.

But last week in a sit down with radio host Howard Stern to promote her new TV Land show, Kirstie, Alley revealed the circumstances of her life that led her to try cocaine. “I didn’t do drugs until I was 25,” she said. “I got a divorce from my husband, and I started hanging out with this guy I was sort of madly in love with. He had already done all of his drugs, but he had a lot of druggie friends.” Her fall from sobriety to addict was fast. "I had heard that cocaine made you peppy and happy and I was sort of depressed because I had gotten a divorce and wrecked everybody’s lives. So I thought, 'I’m gonna try this,'" she recalled. "I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, 'Oh my God! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life!'"

Alley knew that her life was in tatters and sought help though Scientology’s rehab program, Narconon, which she has steadfastly credited with curbing her addiction. “I had a total awareness that I was dead as a being. I could just feel that I had smashed my own life force with drugs,” Alley said.

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