Dennis Quaid: I Appreciate Life Thanks to Cocaine!

April 11, 2011 By:
Dennis Quaid: I Appreciate Life Thanks to Cocaine!

Sometimes, in order to learn to live life to its fullest, you have to be a giant coke head.

Dennis Quaid recently admitted to something I’m pretty sure everyone already knew: he had a coke addiction in the 80s.

“I’d wake up snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills."

Hold on…I’m not done picturing a squirrel on a treadmill. Hahaha. Ok, I’m back. Quaid also recalls that he got one hour of sleep every night. He attributes his turning to the drug with being overwhelmed with success.

“Coming from where I came from -- lower-middle-class life, from Houston into Hollywood -- and all of a sudden this success starts happening to you, I just didn't know how to handle that,” Quaid wrote in a Newsweek essay.

Yeah, I guess there’s no real way of handling things that doesn’t involve hard drugs. Quaid says he came to a point where he “had one of those white-light experiences that night where I kind of realized I was going to be dead in five years if I didn't change my ways."

He was married to Meg Ryan at the time, and decided to check himself into rehab the next day. He went through his share of ups and downs after that, but eventually became sober.

“If I hadn’t gone through that period, I don’t know if I'd still be acting. In the end, it taught me humility. I really learned to appreciate what I have in this life,” Quaid said.