I’m sure some people think that a celebrity admitting to previous addiction makes them a poor role model, but I happen to think it’s the opposite, as long as they have the benefit of hindsight to form their perspective. Obviously the drug use itself isn’t impressive, but if someone’s comfortable enough with themselves to be open and honest about mistakes they’ve made, I think that can be fairly inspirational, actually.
Which is why I’m very impressed with Kirstie Alley, who recently went on the radio with Howard Stern to talk about her own history and struggles with drugs. She had a different path to it than most celebrities — or most people, for that matter — which just makes it all the more important to hear her perspective. A lot of people get started young, like in their teens, but that wasn’t the case for Kirstie:
“I didn’t do drugs until I was 25. I got a divorce from my husband, and I started hanging out out with this guy I was sort of madly in love with. He had already done all of his drugs, but he had a lot of druggie friends. I had heard that cocaine made you peppy and happy and I was sort of depressed because I had gotten a divorce and wrecked everybody’s lives.”
It just proves the point that no one is immune to developing an addiction and your life doesn’t always go the way you think it might. And furthermore, there’s no real way to categorize who is at risk and who isn’t.
“People think there’s no drugs in Kansas. Are you kidding me?! It was the relay point, I think, between East and West Coast. I didn’t do drugs in L.A. [later] at all. I did drugs only in Kansas. I did a lot of cocaine. I was crazy.”
It definitely sounds like a rough situation, but luckily one that Kirstie became aware of over time.
“I had a total awareness that I was dead as a being. I could feel that I had smashed my own life force…I wasn’t funny, nutty Kirstie. I was actually insane.”
Kirstie is lucky that she was able to see her own addiction and fight her way out of it (with the help of Scientology, apparently, although I’ve not heard the most confidence-inducing things about their program), and the fact that she’s choosing to share her experiences is really great and brave, I think.
Kudos to you, Kirstie. I’m feeling so nice and generous toward you at the moment that even if you want to use this to explain away the Look Who’s Talking franchise or your recent dabbling in Lifetime movies with Baby Sellers, I’ll probably let it slide…
(Photo: Michael Carpenter / WENN.com)