'The Voice' Winner Alisan Porter Talks Overcoming Drug And Alcohol Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 05/27/16

"Every day that I wake up to my kids clear as a bell and ready to take on another day in this new skin, I am grateful. It’s a high like no other."

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'The Voice' Winner Alisan Porter Talks Overcoming Drug And Alcohol Addiction
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Former child star Alisan Porter was crowned the winner of The Voice this season, but her journey to the title required getting sober first.

Porter, 34, was first brought to stardom as Curly Sue in the classic 1991 movie of the same name. But after her short-lived fame as a child actress ended, she began abusing drugs and alcohol.

“I did cocaine, I smoked pot, I drank, I took whatever pill people were taking at the time,” she said to Inside Edition in 2014.

Porter revealed in a blog she penned for her website, Lil’ Mamas, that she got sober in October 2007 while living in New York City. Rather than a full rock bottom moment, she simply realized that a full lifestyle change was required to get where she needed to go.

“I was miserable and overwhelmed with life. I was heartbroken and realizing that what had always worked for me in the past was NOT working at all,” she wrote. “I felt trapped, scared, and sad and I was ready to really go for broke or get better. So, I did what every good user does and I prayed to a god I had never believed in… and then called my mom.”

She went to rehab afterwards and spent the next four years going to meetings and working a 12-step program. Porter also got married and had two children during that time. She admits to having moments where she was tempted to relapse, but was able to remember what it would lead to.

“I don’t drink because I don’t want to miss one second of the responsibilities I get to have today. I don’t drink because I can’t,” she wrote. “I want to, a lot of days, because I’m human and because life gets hard. But I don’t. Sobriety offered me everything I ever wanted and never got.”

As the winner of this season of The Voice, Porter will get $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Music Group. Regardless of what comes from the show with her music career, she is determined to not lose the sobriety that got her there.

“I won't get to go wine tasting in Napa. I won’t get to eat a marijuana olive oil infused stir-fry or trip balls at Coachella. I’ve lost that privilege in this lifetime,” wrote Porter. “But every day that I wake up to my kids clear as a bell and ready to take on another day in this new skin, I am grateful. It’s a high like no other.”

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