November 8, 2012

Kirstie Alley: Scientology saved me from cocaine addiction

Posted Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Although at first actress Kirstie Alley thought Scientology was “the world's biggest scam,” she says in the end it played a part in saving her from a life-threatening cocaine addiction.

Alley, of current “Dancing With The Stars” fame and a prominent Scientologist, told “Entertainment Tonight” in an interview that aired this week that the religion played a role in overcoming her addiction — and addiction, she says, that almost killed her.

“I thought I was going to overdose almost every time,” Alley says. “I would snort the coke, then I would sit there; I'd take my pulse [thinking], 'I'm dying, I'm dying, I'm dying.' Who would keep doing it?”

The light to fight the addiction came from a friend, she says. But she didn’t catch on right away. Alley tells “Entertainment Tonight” that a Scientologist friend suggested she read Dianetics. Alley admits that she sometimes would read while snorting cocaine. Eventually, something clicked for her.

“Somehow I got through [the book], and I thought either [Scientology] is the world's biggest scam, or I thought this is how I am going to get rid of this hideous compulsion,” she explained.

For more of Kirstie Alley’s interview in which she discusses her history with Patrick Swayze and John Travolta, click here to go to “Entertainment Tonight” online.

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