Actor Dennis Quaid, who starred in the recent faith-based film “I Can Only Imagine,” revealed in an interview with “Today’s” Megyn Kelly on Monday that one of the biggest struggles in his life was his cocaine addiction. He said he begged God for help.
In the wide-ranging interview, focused mostly on Quaid preparing to play former President Ronald Reagan in the upcoming film “Reagan,” the actor took a look back at his decades-long career.
He had a successful career and worked with great actors and actresses but drug addiction almost brought him down.
“I grew up in the 60s, 70s, and there was a completely different attitude about it (cocaine) back then. Even in some movie budgets. But I kept roaring on,” he said in the interview.
“I was basically doing cocaine pretty much on a daily basis during the 80s. I spent many, many a night screaming at God to please take this away from me, I’ll never do it again because I’ve only got an hour before I have to be at work,” he continued.
“Then about four o’clock in the afternoon I would go ‘oh that’s not so bad.’ I had a white light experience where I saw myself either dead or losing everything that meant anything to me.”
Quaid checked himself into rehab and later kicked his addiction. He said over the next 10 years, he meditated and read various religious texts, including the Bible, Quran and Dhammapada.
The actor — who has three children from previous marriages, including a son with actress Meg Ryan — briefly spoke about his faith in the interview, saying, “I do have a deep faith.”
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Source: Christian Post