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Stacey Dash is speaking about her battle with addiction and her road to recovery.
The 54-year-old actress shared her journey during the Oct. 14 episode of The Dr. Oz Show.
During the interview, Dash spoke about her past. She said her parents were addicted to drugs, and Dr. Mehmet Oz told viewers Dash first tried drugs when she was 8 years old. Dash also said that, when she was 16, her mother gave her her first line of cocaine.
In addition, Dash said she was molested when she was 4 years old. "I didn't really remember until I was 17 when I tried to kill myself," Dash, who later noted a friend rushed her to the emergency room and saved her life, said. "It was at that time that I remembered that that happened to me, and I had already been very angry. I was a very angry, angry teenager. I became angry at I'd say around the age of 10 or 11, which is when my mother finally left my father. Even though my home was unstable and my father was a heroin addict, I knew he loved me. He just couldn't beat it. He couldn't overcome the addiction."
Dash said she ran away from home and would party. She also said she was in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend in her early 20s.
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Later on, Dash became sober. After being sober for 20 years, she relapsed. She had been prescribed Vicodin to help with her painful fibroid cysts and became addicted.
"I'm not blaming doctors at all because it was my choice to take more, you know?" she said. "It was my choice to take that extra one even though I wasn't in pain. I chose to do that because the Vicodin filled that hole inside of me. It filled that anger. It calmed that anger down. It slowed my brain down. It gave me the ease so that I could deal with life. That's how I became addicted. It's no one's fault but my own."
At one point, Dash said she "was taking 18 to 20 pills a day" and that nobody knew. The Clueless star said she "lost everything." And when Oz asked how much money she had spent on drugs each month, Dash guessed about $5,000 to $10,000.
"That's what stopped me. I almost died," she recalled. "My kidneys were so infected that my blood was septic, and my organs were shutting down. So, I got rushed to the hospital and I had to have a full blood transfusion and I was in there for three weeks. And by the grace and mercy of god, I lived."