Alec Baldwin’s addiction is revealed in his new memoir, “Nevertheless.” The star of the movie “Boss Baby” finally opens up about his overdose before he embarked on his journey of sobriety for his alcohol and drug addiction, all just before the age of 27.
“I have no idea what is happening,” said Baldwin. “There’s a pop inside my chest…then I black out.”
During the shooting of Knots Landing—the movie that made his career what fans know it as today—Baldwin was in the hard grips of active addiction and, for the first time, the actor opened up about his experience of overdosing in a hotel room. The Trump impersonator’s life was constantly trapped in a bathroom getting his next fix—and this time, it was near fatal.
“I’ve kept [the overdose and addiction] very private for years and years and years” and the actor is nothing short of grateful in his new book. Luckily, the SNL star survived his overdose and found solace in recovery through a support group, but it isn’t until now that details of his personal past struggles are revealed. In Nevertheless, Baldwin talks about his struggle with putting down mood and mind altering substances and staying sober.
Before his near death experience, the actor would drive with a plastic quart cup filled with chardonnay on the Santa Monica Freeway as if it was as commonplace as taking a morning shower. In the midst of addiction, he found himself “where ‘sex, drugs, booze’ flowed freely.”
When he was not out and about, the actor would “play video games from, like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and I would wind down. Then I’d go home and go to bed,” said Baldwin. “This was the only way I could go ‘beta’ and go into that state I needed to be, where I could calm down and take my mind off everything. I didn’t want to see anybody, talk to anybody, deal with anybody.”
Alec Baldwin Addiction and Sobriety
The root of addiction is self-centeredness and fear and Baldwin definitely experienced both. Like many addicts, he experienced one of his moments of clarity when the parlor owner would walk in on the actor isolating and look at Baldwin with an expression of “wow, I’m glad I’m not you.” During this time, there was always disapproval in the eyes of his girlfriend’s grandfather who noticed Baldwin’s constant bathroom breaks.
“He’s looking at me with the unmistakable look, like, ‘There’s just something not right with you.’ Sweat running down me like I had gone through a triathlon.”
Today is far from the desolate days of using drugs and alcohol in order to live life. Clean since February 23, 1985, Baldwin said “I’m glad I got [clean] when I did ‘cause not many people get sober when they’re young…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.”
According to the SNL star, before sobriety, “there was really, really a lot of pain in there, lot of pain,” and now the actor lives a life so far from the truth of his previous lifestyle of active addiction.
Are You Struggling with an Addiction Problem?
Just as Alec Baldwin overcame his drug and alcohol problem, so can you or your loved one. Not everyone lives through an overdose and you don’t have to wait for that to happen to get help.
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