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The ‘Clueless’ actress Stacey Dash has recently shed light on a decade-long addiction to opioids!
Over the past couple of years, Stacy has been sharing her very controversial political views. But recently, the actress shared her “deepest, darkest secret”, her battle with a decade-long addiction to opioids on The Dr. Oz Show.
Now being five years sober, the actress admitted to taking 18-20 pills a day. According to Yahoo Entertainment, the host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, clarifies “18-20 Vicodin a day.” Vicodin is a combination of an opioid pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen) to treat severe pain. In response, Dash says, “Yeah, I lost everything.”
Now, this is not the first time Dash has battled with addiction. According to E! Dash goes into deep detail about childhood trauma, including exposure to drugs and domestic violence. She recalls both of her parents were addicts, and at the age of 4, she was molested. By the age of 8, she first tried drugs, and by 16, her mother gave her cocaine. At 17, she attempted suicide. In her early 20’s, the actress was in an abusive relationship. Dash stated in reference to her ex partner “he beat me so badly, I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks.” She claims he once broke her arm.
While making Clueless (1995), Dash was then sober and stayed that way for 20 years (despite being in a high school role, she was 28 at the time). In her 40’s, Dash was prescribed Vicodin to help with pain from fibroid cysts — to which the actress became addicted. “I’m not blaming doctors at all because it was my choice to take more,” she said. “It was my choice to take that extra one even though I wasn’t in pain.”
Dash continues, “The Vicodin filled that hole inside of me. It filled that anger. It calmed that anger down. It slowed my brain down. It gave me the ease so that I could deal with life. That’s how I became addicted. It’s no one’s fault but my own.”
The actress estimates that she spent $5,000 to $10,000 a month on drugs. In which they made her very sick by adding, “[my] kidneys were so infected that my blood was septic, and my organs were shutting down.” Dash was hospitalized for three weeks while receiving a full blood transfusion.
It took a phone call to her sister and an intervention specialist that caused Dash to go to Utah for rehab. Ten days into her treatment, Dash then realized she did indeed have a drug addiction. “It wasn’t until the last 10 days that I said, ‘Oh, snap. I’m an addict,'” she said.
“I just celebrated five years of sobriety,” she said. “I’m clean, five years. In these five years, my blessing — greatest blessing is that not only have I been able to be honest with myself and become a better person.”