‘Growing Pains’ Jeremy Miller Talks About Addiction

By Shawn Dwyer 04/15/14

The former child star opened up about his alcohol addiction, which began when he was just four years old.

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In a televised interview with Brooke Anderson on Entertainment Tonight, child star Jeremy Miller, who played Ben Seaver on the popular 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, opened up about his years of battling alcohol addiction.

Miller relayed a story of how his alcohol addiction began when he was just four years old. According to his grandparents, he would go around tables after their parties and drink the leftover beer.

After he left Growing Pains as an adult, Miller began binge drinking from his first waking moments until be blacked out. At one point, Miller’s addiction was so bad that he began scaring his family, which includes three sons and his wife Joanie, and in his darkest moments he contemplated suicide.

"My boys were afraid of me," he said. "There were probably a few nights it was awful close. I'm glad I did not own a gun, because I hated myself so thoroughly, I would have done something very stupid."

Miller eventually sought medical treatment and achieved sobriety thanks to Naltrexone. The concentrated form of the drug was injected under his skin, where it blocked the craving signals to his brain. Though not approved by the FDA, Naltrexone has helped Miller stay sober for several years. Currently, he is a patient advocate for the Fresh Start Recovery center in Santa Ana, Calif.

Watch Jeremy talk to about overcoming addiction with Naltrexone:

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