In her upcoming memoir, Happy Accidents, Jane Lynch shares the details on her journey to a happier, healthier, and sober lifestyle with wife Lara Embry.
Although the Glee star initially kicked booze in 1991 at 31, she describes a dependance on NyQuil cough syrup, writing:
“I did, however, continue my habit of taking NyQuil before bed. Though no longer drinking Miller Lite, I was still in need of something to soothe me. The fact that NyQuil had alcohol in it was not something I acknowledged at all. I still considered myself on the wagon.”
Her addiction grew more severe when she moved to New York City to play Carol Brady on stage in The Real Live Brady Bunch, continuing:
“[The show] ran for 10 months at the Village Gate, and I was miserable the whole time. I’d close the drapes of my tiny room, take a swig of NyQuil, toast with a simple ‘Bye-bye,’ and go into a deep sleep.”
Ultimately, Jane's time on the show finally opened up her eyes enough to see her problem. After getting way too high with her castmates, she entered Alcoholics Anonymous for support. She wrote about the life-chaning moment, saying:
"I smoked myself into oblivion that night. I still felt like crap and even lonelier than I had felt before.”
So sad to hear that Jane had to go through this, but the fact that she was able to find enough strength to ask for help only makes us respect her more! She is such an inspiration!
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