Kristen Johnston from 3rd Rock had to admit to drug and alcohol problems in 2006 when she had an ulcer burst. Because of it, she had to enter herself in rehab.
It might have been the best thing to happen to her, because it made her face her problems.
"I drank my whole life, like, since I was in high school, because I'm from Wisconsin and that's what you do. And then eventually it got to the point where, if you were like, 'Look, I have this pill, (that) I found on the subway', and it was covered in blood, I was like, 'I'll try it'…
I had a very terrifying incident. Remember when I was scary skinny, about five years ago?… I was 'anorexic', I was 'desperately losing weight so I could have a career again', but actually what had happened was that my stomach had burst open, which is what happens when you take a lot of Vicodin (strong painkillers), a lot, everyday, with two bottles of wine a night, for years… So that's what's the book about. But it's also very honest, because I think sometimes people skate over (things). I was in Boxholm… Addicts have different brains. I think it's the wiring and the chemistry. I do say no (to drugs and alcohol now) - I've been clean and sober for five-and-a-half years."
We are SO glad to hear how long you've been sober, and that you've found it in yourself to share your past with the world. We're sure the book you've written is going to be an intense journey for any reader, from what we understand.
If you're struggling with addiction, don't be afraid to get help! There are even perfect strangers out there that want to help you get better! Rehab is always an option!
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