Whoopi Goldberg reveals her struggles with cocaine addiction

 May 6, 2024

Whoopi Goldberg has revealed that she used to have a serious addiction to cocaine. 

She made the revelation, according to Page Sixin her upcoming memoir, Bits and Pieces: My Mother, My Brother, and Me. 

The Amazon billing describes the memoir, which will be released on May 7, as "a moving tribute from a daughter to her mother, and a beautiful portrait of three people who loved each other deeply."

These days, Goldberg is most well-known for being a co-host of ABC's The View, where she often makes controversial political statements that would cause her to be aligned with the far left.

A preview

Page Six provides a sneak peek at what the 68-year-old Goldberg had to say about her cocaine addiction in her memoir.

"I had stayed pretty far away from drugs, except for pot, after getting cleaned up in the early 70s," Goldberg writes.

But, she goes on to reveal that things fell apart for her in the 1980s, when she started going to parties in Hollywood and New York.

"I was invited to parties where I was greeted at the door with a bowl of Quaaludes from which I could pick what I wanted. Lines of cocaine were laid across tables and bathroom counters for the taking," she writes.

According to Page Six, Goldberg, here, explains how "partygoers knew cops were never going to raid the home of a 'big-time producer or actor,' so the attitude was allegedly 'very relaxed' and 'everyone partook' in the drug use.

Things got out of control

Golberg, in her memoir, says that she thought she could "handle" cocaine and that it didn't seem like that bad of a drug because everyone was doing it. She further revealed that, for the first year of her cocaine use, she was mostly able to keep things under control.

Then, however, Golberg says that things got out of control, that the cocaine "started to kick [her] a**."

Here, according to Page Six, Golberg explains the struggles that she subsequently went through, detailing specific experiences, such as when she hallucinated that a dangerous creature was lurking under her bed, causing her to stay in her bed for 24-hours.

One day, though, Goldberg had a wake-up call. Page Six reports

Finally, Goldberg had what she calls a “slap in the face moment” when she was staying in a ritzy Manhattan hotel. She was sitting in the closet, doing the drug, when a housekeeper came in, opened the closet door and screamed. Goldberg leaped up and explained it was her room but then caught sight of her face in a mirror, which was smeared with cocaine.

Goldberg then writes that she was able to clean herself up fairly quickly. It wasn't easy, she said, but she did it because she "didn't want to die."

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