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Jack Black Recalls Cocaine Addiction, Finds Recovery Though Acting

 

Jack Black, while promoting his new Goosebumps movie role as an author that wrestles with his demons, recalled his own dark past with cocaine addiction.

The actor and comedian revealed to Parade magazine that his cocaine abuse started at age 14, just four years after his parents divorced.

“I remember just lots of turmoil from that time period,” he told the magazine. “I was having a lot of troubles with cocaine…I was hanging out with some pretty rough characters. I was scared to go to school [because] one of them wanted to kill me. I wanted to get out of there.”

Black said that his parents enrolled him into Poseidon, a private school for troubled children in Los Angeles, to help him overcome his cocaine addiction.

“Most of the other kids there were expelled from other schools, but I went voluntarily,” he told Parade. “It was a place to press the restart button.”

Black said, while at Poseidon, he revealed his cocaine addiction to a school therapist, who helped to change his life around. He said talking to the counselor allowed him to have someone to talk to who wasn’t judgmental.

“I spilled my guts, telling him I felt guilty about stealing from my mom to get money for cocaine. I cried like a baby. It was a huge release and a huge relief,” Black told Parade. “I left feeling euphoric, like an enormous weight had been lifted from me. It changed me.”

Black said after he left Poseidon, he completed high school at Crossroads, a private prep school in Santa Monica, known for its programs in the arts. It was there that he said acting became his new drug. He also says acting helped him find happiness after the death of his older brother to AIDS in 1989.

“As far back as I can remember, I loved putting on shows,” Black told the magazine. “I loved acting. I loved the attention. Maybe there’s a connection in terms of finding an escape and always needing to be up onstage. The turning point was when I started thinking acting was what I wanted to do.”

To read more of the Parade interview with Jack Black, click here.

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