March 9, 2012

Kristen Johnston talks ‘love affair’ with chemicals, nearly dying in new memoir

Two-time Emmy Award winning actress Kristen Johnston doesn’t mince words in her new memoir detailing her struggles with addiction — she was on the verge of death.

Johnston, probably best known as Sally Solomon from comedy “3rdRock from the Sun,” opens up in her new memoir Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster about her longtime drug and alcohol struggles. They started in high school with alcohol and progressed to stealing Vicodin from friends.

Throughout her years from high school to adulthood, her addictions grew and spiraled out of control. In Guts, Johnston labels herself as a pill-popping lush.

But in 2006 something happened in London that nearly killed the actress. She was in the city to appear in the West End show Love Song with Cillian Murphy, Michael McKean and Neve Campbell. In a book review by the UK’s Daily Mail, it details how Johnston’s ongoing substance abuse had resulted in a life-threatening case of acute peritonitis. She took ill in a London hospital, and in Guts she says she came to the brink of death.

“Opening night, and we were a smash hit,” Johnston writes. “Then the next night my intestines ripped open.”

She persevered — though it was gruesome — and it was her wake up call.

After she was regained her health, she entered into a rehabilitation center in Arizona to start on the path to sobriety. Johnston says in her book when she entered rehab, she was finally brave enough to face “her biggest nightmare.”

To read the full book review at Daily Mail UK, click here.

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster hits bookstores and the web March 13. 


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