Popular daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is not only opening up about being a functioning cocaine addict, but she is also being candid about her son’s exposure to synthetic marijuana use.
Williams opened up as part of her contribution to the Hunter’s Foundation national campaign “Be Here,” which focuses on targeting substance abuse and addiction.
During her interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Williams explained how she was comfortable going public about her addiction to dangerous drugs.
“I am not embarrassed about anything,” she said. Williams went on to say she worked well while being high on the “nose candy” and that her co-workers never tried to intervene.
“I was a functioning addict,” the woman simply known as Wendy continued. “I’d report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers- including my bosses- would know, but instead of firing me…I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them to fire me and [they] wouldn’t fire me, because I was making ratings.
“Our son, three years ago, he’s 17 now, he just graduated from high school, he’s leaving for college in September, but three years ago he smoked K2,” she explained. “Now this is a drug, we see it on the news, people are walking around like zombies.”
K2 is another word for synthetic cannabis.
Williams said that exposure to K2 turned her son into a stranger.
“I was horrified. My son became someone I didn’t even know,” Williams said emotionally. She also said the change was stark and brutal, adding that she noticed “immediately, immediately. It zaps your brain immediately.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Williams said her own drug habit never got so bad that it interfered with her high-profile job. “A functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she explained. “It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”
Williams hopes her fight will help the federal government’s national campaign to lower addiction to opioids, meth, heroine and other highly-addictive narcotics.
“Drugs have no income; drugs have no race or religion,” she said as she discussed her gratitude that her son was not lost to the drug world. “Drugs are drugs and that K2 was really something else and you know I’m glad to say we were able to bring him back all the way around.”