Whoopi Goldberg Details How She Overcame Serious Cocaine Addiction In Upcoming Memoir 

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg Details How She Overcame Serious Cocaine Addiction In Upcoming Memoir

Actress/comedian Whoopi Goldberg is opening up about her previous drug use in her upcoming memoir.

In her new book, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me, Whoopi Goldberg, 68, details her battle with a serious addiction to cocaine. She also shares what led to the moment she realized she had to get clean. According to the EGOT winner, places like New York and Hollywood had their own meaning of “recreational drug use” during her rise to fame in the 80s.

Whoopi Goldberg (The Color Purple, 1985)

Whoopi Goldberg recalls,

“I was invited to parties where I was greeted at the door with a bowl of Quaaludes from which I could pick what I wanted. Lines of cocaine were laid across tables and bathroom counters for the taking.”

In her memoir, the “View” co-host explains that “everyone partook” in drug use at these types of parties because police would never raid the home of a “big-time producer or actor.” Whoopi also admits to believing she could “handle” cocaine because she didn’t think it was “dangerous” after managing to hide her drug use for about a year. She says she was even able to work in the midst of it all and show up to set on time.

Whoopi Goldberg

However, later on, Whoopi says the cocaine then “started to kiss [her] *ss” and she began experiencing hallucinations. In one instance, she details the time she believed she saw a creature under her bed after taking the drug.

Whoopi writes,

“So I didn’t move out of bed for twenty-four hours. That kind of sh*t doesn’t end pretty. There’s only so long a person can hold their bladder.”

Whoopi Goldberg

The “Sister Act” star eventually had a “slap in the face moment” during her stay at a Manhattan hotel. Whoopi realized she struggled with addiction after a housekeeper walked in on her getting high in the closet. As the TV personality got up to explain it was her room, she saw the reflection of her face in the mirror, which was covered with cocaine.

Whoopi admits she left drugs alone by changing who she surrounds herself with and declining invites to parties. While she considers herself lucky to be sober, she adds that she made the change in her life because she “didn’t want to die.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me — the book about Whoopi’s close relationship with her late mother and brother — releases on May 7.

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Authored by: Ariel Whitely