In the new issue of In Touch, Growing Pains actor Jeremy Miller shares his battle for sobriety and what it was like to grow up in front of the cameras.
“I definitely had to grow up faster, being a child star,” he tells In Touch. Jeremy, a recovering alcoholic who’s been sober more than two years now, says, “You don’t really have a choice.”
But Jeremy says that it was later in life when his alcohol problem developed.
“I’m not your classic child star gone bad. My problems didn’t begin until well after the show, when I was dealing with family stuff and alcohol became a way to suppress painful emotions,” Jeremy says.
Sharing his low points, Jeremy recalls, “At my worst point, I’d wake up and rush to the store to pick up a couple of cans of malt liquor. By noon, I’d start working on a bottle of hard alcohol. I’d drink all day, then black out and pass out at night. It was horrible, absolutely horrible.”
He now works with patients in the alcohol-recovery program Start Fresh that he went through almost three years ago, to help others get clean.
“I realized what I was doing to my boys. They were scared to be around me. That was the tipping point.”
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