Stephen Fry Opens Up About 15-Year Cocaine Habit

By McCarton Ackerman 09/23/14

The British comedian opened up about his addiction in his new autobiography.

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Writer and presenter Stephen Fry is speaking extensively in his new autobiography about his former cocaine addiction that lasted 15 years.

In his third autobiography that will be released this week, More Fool Me, Fry admitted to “spending an enormous amount of money and time on cocaine powder.” Having suffered from manic depression and bipolar disorder, he used the drug as a way to help him calm down. Fry acknowledged in the autobiography “how stupid that is, but I also know better people than me who have found themselves on the same path.”

But rather than paint the town red while using the drug, Fry said he would isolate and enjoy quiet nights at home. "I tended to take it alone at home and play word games, mind spinning. I'd do very difficult crosswords, I would spend hours on these,” he said in 2011. "I found it extremely easy to stop, but it took me a very long time to get to a position where I was ready to."

Fry has been open about his battle with mental illness and admitted that his bipolar disorder can get him “too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide.” He is currently the president of mental health charity Mind and has worked to help change perceptions of mental illness.

“If un-medicated, there are times when I am so exuberant, so hyper, that I can go three or four nights without sleeping and I'm writing and I'm doing stuff and I'm so grandiose and so full of self-belief that it's almost impossible to deal with me,” he said. “I can’t stop speaking. I go on shopping sprees.”

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