Whoopi Goldberg Explains How She Overcame Her Cocaine Addiction In New Memoir

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Whoopi Goldberg attends the 2023 Bring Change To Mind Gala at City Winery on October 09, 2023 in New York City.
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Whoopi Goldberg gets candid about her drug addiction in her latest memoir and how she was able to overcome it. 

In the book, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me, the actress talks about her addiction and the moment she realized when she had to come clean. She says New York and Los Angeles played a part in her drug use in the 80s. 

“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,” she recalled.

She also said that everyone would take part in drug use at the parties because the police would “never raid the home of a big-time producer or actor.” Goldberg said that she was able to handle her drug use and hid it for a year. 

However, things would change after she began to experience hallucinations. In one instance, she thought that she had a creature under her bed after she took the drug. “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.”

The moment Goldberg realized she had to quit was when a housekeeper at a Manhattan hotel caught her doing the drug in her closet. When she went to explain what was going on, she saw herself in the mirror covered in cocaine. After that, she admitted that she left drugs alone for good, changed her surroundings, and stopped going to parties. She also revealed that she didn’t want to die because of her addiction.

Whoopi Goldberg’s book will be released on May 7th. It will also speak on the relationships she had with her late mother and brother.