The actress opens up about her struggle with addiction and says Scientology saved her life.
Kirstie Alley says the Church of Scientology saved her from the addiction to cocaine that almost killed her years ago. The former Cheers star also revealed that sometimes multi-day drug binges just started a few years prior to her career as a Hollywood actress, when her marriage to Bob Alley began to crumble. “I thought I was going to overdose almost every time,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I kept going for that feeling of being extroverted and that would last for sixty seconds. And then I was going to die for thirty minutes, and then the second I wasn’t going to die I went ‘boom,’ I’d do it again.”
“I took one snort and thought, “I’m going to do this every day for the rest of my life!” ‘ Kirstie Alley reveals her ‘crazy’ cocaine-fuelled past.”
She also told 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. So I thought, “I’m gonna try this”.
‘I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, “Oh my God! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life!” ‘
Kirstie added that once she had tried the drug, she quickly became addicted.
She said: ‘I did a lot of cocaine. I was crazy.’
The 61-year-old is now sober and says her clean living was very much inspired by Scientology—particularly L. Ron Hubbard‘s book Dianetics. “I sat there with cocaine on this mirror and I was reading Dianetics and doing cocaine at the same time,” she recalls. “Somehow I got through it and I thought this is either the world’s biggest scam or, I thought, this is how I’m going to get rid of this hideous compulsion.” Although the method seems to have worked for Alley, Scientology’s rehab program, Narconon, has been under investigation in the past for its detox process—which some have claimed is even life-threatening. “When I was at Narconon, people were taken away in ambulances and had to spend days in the hospital,” said David Love, a client at Narconon Trois-Rivieres from December 2008 to May 2009, who was interviewed exclusively by The Fix. “People have died in the Quebec facility.”
However a year later in a sit down with shock jock Howard Stern, Alley offered something that shocked the world.
It should not surprise to people that Kirstie Alley was a cocaine addict in her early days as an actress, but that was a history. To be very sure, Alley has been less-than-shy about her history with the drug problem. But what has been missing all these years was that how, exactly, she became addicted to the drugs in the first place.
To which she revealed in a sit down with radio host Howard Stern to promote her new TV Land show, Kirstie, Alley revealing the circumstances of her life that led her to try the cocaine. “I didn’t do drugs until I was 25,” she said. “I got a divorce from my husband, and I started hanging 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.” Her fall from sobriety to addict was fast. “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. So I thought, ‘I’m gonna try this,'” she recalled. “I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, ‘Oh my God! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life!'”
Alley knew that her life was in tatters and she was in much need of help though Scientology’s rehab program, Narconon, which she had steadfastly credited with curbing her addiction problem. “I had a total awareness that I was dead as a being. I could just feel that I had smashed my own life force with drugs,” Alley said.Now living a life of prosperity.