Alec Baldwin Kept Drug Overdose Under Wraps for Years

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Alec Baldwin Kept Drug Overdose Under Wraps for Years


In his new memoir, “Nevertheless: A Memoir,” which hit bookshelves on April 4, Alec Baldwin shared an experience he’s kept private for over 30 years; he once overdosed on drugs while in his 20s.

The 58-year-old actor described how the period he struggled the most with drugs and alcohol coincided with getting one of his first big roles on the soap opera “Knots Landing.” He was “making tens of thousands of dollars a week, which was part of the problem.”

Baldwin delves into his booze-soaked, drug- riddled 20s, revealing for the first time that he overdosed in a hotel room. “I have no idea what is happening … there’s a pop inside my chest … then I black out.”

Speaking to Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos recently, Baldwin opened up about the day he got sober – February 23, 1985 – and the battle with drugs and alcohol leading up to that day:

He revealed, “I got sober when I was just about to turn 27, and those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker, to my misery, boy, that was a tough time. There was really, really a lot of pain in there. A lot of pain.”

He added, “What I describe … overdosing on drugs … I’ve kept very private for years and years. But, I’m glad I got it when I did because not many people get sober when they’re young.”

Today, Baldwin continues to avoid drugs and alcohol, and maintain his sobriety with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.

[1] http://nypost.com/2009/01/11/baldwin-i-was-an-alec-oholic/
[2] http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/alec-baldwin-opens-past-battle-alcoholism-drug-addiction/story?id=46434818