Stacey Dash: Clueless Actress "Lost Everything" Due to Painkiller Addiction
Stacey Dash is celebrating five years of sobriety. On Thursday, the Clueless star opened up about her addiction to painkillers, revealing how many pills she was taking when she hit bottom, and how she climbed her way back up. Read on for everything Stacey Dash revealed to Dr. Oz during her interview on The Dr. Oz Show.
"I just celebrated five years of sobriety. I'm clean five years," she revealed. "And in these five years, my blessing, the greatest blessing is that not only have I been able to be honest with myself and become a better person, I've been able to understand my parents and that they did love me and that they were doing the best they could. And they were just sick. They were addicted."
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She revealed she was taking between 18 and 20 Vicodin pills per day at one point. "18-20 Vicodin a day — that's expensive," Dr. Oz responded. "I lost everything," she replied.
Even though she was prescribed the medication, she blames nobody but herself. "I'm not blaming doctors at all because it was my choice to take more, you know?" she said. "It was my choice to take that extra one even though I wasn't in pain. I chose to do that because the Vicodin filled that hole inside of me."
She also discussed why she self-medicated. "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," she said.
On Wednesday, before appearing on the show, she also shared a post to Facebook. "Tomorrow, I will be sharing my deepest, darkest secret. I thank the Lord for being able to say that I have grown more over the last 5 years than I have in my entire life," she wrote. "I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who have loved and supported me through my most challenging time. Thank you all! I encourage anyone who has a story they are scared of telling to share it with the world. You never know who will be able to relate to you and who it can help."