May 27, 2020

Dax Shepard Discusses Child Molestation And Addiction

People turn to drugs and alcohol for many reasons. One of the reasons Parenthood star Dax Shepard started using drugs was to cope with being molested as a young child. Shepard opened up about being molested at age 7 and his subsequent addiction to drugs on The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius XM.

“It took me 12 years to tell anyone that,” Shepard said. “Then all that time, I was like, It’s my fault — as generic as that is — and I’m gay. I must have manifested this because I’m secretly gay.’ I had all these insane thoughts for 11 years or 12 years.” 

But Shepard said it wasn't until he had a conversation with his mother about his molestation and addiction in which she told him, “If you’ve been molested, you only have a 20 percent chance of not being an addict.”

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, victims of sexual assault are 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol and 26 times more likely to abuse drugs. 

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