Dennis Quaid’s admitted that his greatest mistake in life was being addicted to cocaine. He turned to the drug as a young actor in the 1970s as a release to the pressures of stardom.
“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,” he wrote. “Doing blow just contributed to me not being able to handle the fame, which, at the time, I guess I felt I didn’t deserve.”
Quaid described his introduction to cocaine by stating it was the party drug of choice at Hollywood’s glitziest bashes.
“I 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 wrote. “The next day I was in rehab.” Quaid spent two years getting sober.