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Jenny McCarthy Talks Past Prescription Drug Abuse, Addiction Issues

Jenny McCarthy’s new book, Bad Habits, gets into detail about her past struggle with prescription drug addiction. As a young Playboy model just starting out in Hollywood, McCarthy says that she experimented with everything from Ecstasy to Vicodin. Unfortunately, she developed a dependence upon prescription drugs.

McCarthy wrote: “Holding up drugs in front of a group of Playmates was like holding up an arm to a cannibal tribe. We jumped on the box fighting to get as many little white capsules as possible. Instead of saving some for later, we all pounded at least five at once.”

Overcoming Addiction to Build a Brighter Future

McCarthy’s story is an inspiring one because she managed to overcome her addiction issues and go on to build a successful career for herself. Additionally, later in life when her son was diagnosed with autism, she was able to not only help him overcome some of the challenges that came with his issues, she became an advocate for autism awareness and positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. Had she been unable to get her addiction issues under control, it is unlikely that she would have been capable of accomplishing any of these things.

Addressing Obstacles in Your Life

Most addicts living with an ongoing addiction rationalize their procrastination with excuses. They may say:

  • “I have to take care of my children.”
  • “I’ll lose my job.”
  • “I can’t handle the withdrawal symptoms.”
  • “I can’t afford it.”

The fact is that you will always be able to come up with reasons to avoid treatment. But it’s also true that there is no viable reason to wait to get the medical treatment you need to successfully manage the chronic disorder of addiction. Your children can stay with family while you undergo treatment and will be far better off with a parent in recovery than an actively addicted parent when you return home. You can take a leave of absence and, if you do lose your job because you enter treatment, it’s likely that you wouldn’t have been able to maintain employment for long due to the intrusion of active addiction. Withdrawal symptoms will continue to threaten you as long as you are actively addicted to your drug(s) of choice; only treatment removes that constant threat. And you have a number of options for paying for treatment – everything from health insurance to financing.

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