At every turn throughout his long career, Dennis Quaid has continued to leave a lasting impact on audiences both young and old. From his original run in Breaking Away (1979) and The Right Stuff (1983), the iconic actor started to pursue his career as a dramatic and comedic artist, taking on the memorable leading role of rock-and-roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire! (1989). However, at the crux of the 1990s, the actor’s roles in Hollywood would start to dwindle as he suffered from an eating disorder and, most infamously, a severe bout of cocaine addiction. Let’s see what Quaid had to say about his nearly-fatal drug problems.
Hardcore Cocaine Use
In an interview on Megyn Kelly TODAY, Dennis Quaid recounts how his cocaine addiction was the product of a time period that, to an extent, condoned drug use. In the earlier stages of his career, the actor would casually consume the stimulant while under the presupposition that the drug was 100% okay and “the norm.” During the 80s, Quaid explains, he was taking cocaine every day (with the drug appearing on some of the movie budgets). At night, the actor claims he would scream at God in desperation, only to wake up the next morning to pick his poison once more.
White Light Experience
Eventually, though, Quaid explains how he endured a “white light” moment and painfully came clean to his then-fiancée Meg Ryan. Although he underwent rehab in 1990, the actor also underwent an uncomfortable and heavily-publicized divorce with his wife, but he describes this event as his farewell to cocaine. Nowadays, Quaid is happily living a clean life.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Drug abuse and addiction are dangerous mental illnesses that not only wreak havoc on a victim’s private life but can also drive a wedge into a perfect reputation. Even more frightening, you will not know if you are an addict unless you take one shot of alcohol. Like any mechanical breakdown, though, you can easily patch yourself up and continue the trek uphill to freedom. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.
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