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Whoopi Goldberg feared cocaine addiction would kill her

The EGOT winner says she quit using drugs when she saw herself in the mirror with cocaine all over her face
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Whoopi Goldberg feared her cocaine addiction would kill her.

The Oscar-winning actor became hooked on drugs during her early years in Hollywood. She revealed that she would go to parties where Quaaludes, a sedatvie pill, and cocaine were handed out freely — and it took her to some very dark places.

“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 said, opening up about her issues in her new book, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me.

Goldberg explained her circle of friends had a relaxed attitude towards drugs, and she didn’t see cocaine as “dangerous.”

She became a “very high-functioning addict” for about a year, but she started to worry when she realized she was getting “sloppy” on set. The turning point came when she was staying at a luxury hotel in New York and a friend had given her cocaine as a birthday present.

Goldberg revealed she ended up sitting in the closet in her room snorting the drug, but she was disturbed by a maid.

“I screamed. She screamed and backed up and looked like she was going to run. I had to get to her quickly and try to calm her down. She was staring at my face as I talked,” she wrote.

Goldberg eventually resolved the situation, but when she looked in the mirror she realized she had white powder all over her face. She went on to reveal it shamed her into giving up drugs.

“I’d have been so embarrassed if my mother knew the extent the coke had me in its clutches … I knew I’d have to change out my friends and turn down invitations but I could do that. I didn’t want to die,” “The View” star added.

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