Actress Stacey Dash is speaking publicly about her past substance abuse for the first time. Dash has revealed that she once had a daily habit of 18-20 Vicodin pain killers, and that it caused her to “lose everything.”
The Clueless star appeared on Dr. Oz this week and said she recently celebrated five years of sobriety. Dash said the sobriety brought her clarity on her previously strained relationship with her parents. Dash said her parents were also addicted.
I’m clean five years and in this five years, my greatest blessing is that not only have I been able to be honest with myself and become a better person — but I’ve been able to understand my parents and that they did love me and that they were doing the best they could and that they were just sick, they were addicted.
Dash also took to Facebook to promote her appearance on the show and called her addiction her “deepest, dark secret.” She thanked God for helping her grow more over the past five years than she has in her entire life.
Dash also said she’s blessed to be surrounded by people who love and support her. She encouraged others to share their stories.
Tomorrow, I will be sharing my deepest, darkest secret. I thank the Lord for being able to say that I have grown more over the last 5 years than I have in my entire life. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who have loved and supported me through my most challenging time. Thank you all! I encourage anyone who has a story they are scared of telling to share it with the world. You never know who will be able to relate to you and who it can help.
Dash addressed some of her past controversial statements. She was temporarily suspended from FOX News in 2015 after making disparaging comments about President Obama. Then in 2016, she said transgender people should use the bathroom “in the bushes” because she doesn’t want to put children’s safety at risk. She told Dr. Oz that she’s not homophobic or racist.
“I’m not homophobic. I’m not racist. I was just angry and it benefited me,” Dash told Dr. Oz.
Dash doesn’t do much acting these days, and briefly flirted with a career in politics in 2018. She received criticism for being a supporter of former President Trump, but told The Daily Mail earlier this year that she was going to give President Biden a chance. She appears in the “Roe vs. Wade” movie that was released in April of this year.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.