That’s one nasty former habit. Actor Dennis Quaid has been very open in the past about his struggle with drug addiction, but now he’s admitting just how bad it got. In a new tell-all interview with The Sunday Times, the Day After Tomorrow star said he used to do 2 grams of cocaine a day.
“I would do coke and I would use alcohol to come down,” the 64-year-old said, via The Daily Mail. “I liked coke. I liked it to go out…I had one of those white-light experiences where I saw myself being dead and losing everything I had worked for my whole life. So I put myself in rehab.”
He said he gave up alcohol for 10 years as he battled his addiction and that he missed cocaine for “quite a while,” the outlet reported. Dennis added, “I started drinking again because alcohol was never my problem. I never liked the feeling of being drunk.”
Dennis admitted that he was doing cocaine almost every day, and up to 2 grams of it a day, at the worst of his addiction. In 2011, he wrote for Newsweek that in the late 1980s, “I’d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills.”
Dennis also wrote in his Newsweek piece that he spent the 1990s “recovering,” and that period, “actually chiseled me into a person. It gave me the resolve and a resilience to persevere in life. If I hadn’t gone through that period, I don’t know if I’d still be acting. In the end, it taught me humility. I really learned to appreciate what I have in this life.”
The actor also spoke with The Sunday Times about how tough his divorces from Texas property agent Kimberly Buffington — after 14 years — and actress Meg Ryan were. It’s no surprise that the guy has been through a lot. Thankfully, he seems to have kicked his cocaine habit and appears happier and healthier these days. We wish him the best!
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