Stacey Dash has revealed her “deepest, darkest secret”: a decade-long habit to opioids.
The Clueless actress turned conservative pundit commentator appeared on Thursday’s Dr. Oz Show, the place she revealed her non-public battle. She is now five-years sober.
“I was taking 18-20 pills a day,” Dash, now 54, admitted.
Host Dr. Mehmet Oz clarified “18-20 Vicodin a day,” referring to the drug which is a combination of an opioid pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen) used to treat severe pain. He then added, “That’s expensive.”
The woman who played Dionne Davenport in the iconic movie replied, “Yeah, I lost everything.”
Dash detailed intensive childhood trauma, together with publicity to medication and home violence, in keeping with E! News.
Dash said her parents were both addicts, her dad to heroin. She was molested at age 4. She first tried drugs at 8. At 16, her mother gave her cocaine.
All of her trauma caught up with her and, at 17, she attempted suicide. One of her earliest relationships, in her young 20s, was abusive. She said her partner “beat me so unhealthy I couldn’t get away from bed for 2 weeks.” He once broke her arm.
Dash then got sober and stayed that way for 20 years, including for the making of 1995’s Clueless. (Her character was in high school, but she was 28 when she played the role.)
In her 40s, she was prescribed Vicodin to help with pain from fibroid cysts — and became addicted.
“I’m not blaming docs in any respect as a result of it was my option to take extra,” she said. “It was my option to take that additional one despite the fact that I wasn’t in ache.”
She said, “The Vicodin crammed that gap within me. It crammed that anger. It calmed that anger down. It slowed my mind down. It gave me the convenience in order that I might take care of life. That’s how I turned addicted. It’s nobody’s fault however my very own.”
She estimates she spent $5,000 to $10,000 a month on drugs. Eventually, they made her very sick, she said, adding, “[my] kidneys have been so contaminated that my blood was septic, and my organs have been shutting down.” She was hospitalized for 3 weeks, receiving a full blood transfusion.
“That’s what stopped me. I almost died,” she said.
After being released from the hospital, she called her sister and told her she needed help. Eight hours later, an intervention specialist arrived at her home and she was flown to Utah for rehab. However, it took time for the extent of her addiction to soak in.
“It wasn’t till the final 10 days that I stated, ‘Oh, snap. I’m an addict,’” she said.
Today, she still struggles, sometimes waking up and saying, “‘I wish to do one thing unhealthy.” However, she works through it and leans on her faith.
“I simply celebrated 5 years of sobriety,” she said. “I’m clear, 5 years. And on this 5 years, my blessing — the best blessing is that not solely have I been capable of be sincere with myself and turn out to be a greater individual.”
Over the last few years, Dash has been known for sharing her headline-making political views as a Fox News pundit. She also attempted to run for congress in California, as a Republican, before dropping out. Then, in a surprise move earlier this year, she denounced Donald Trump and distanced herself from Fox News. She said she was changed by the Capitol riots.
“I’ve lived my life being offended, which is what I used to be on Fox News,” she stated.