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Kirstie Alley dead at 71: Actress once revealed how Scientology saved her from lethal cocaine addiction

Kirstie Alley once claimed in 2012 that Scientology played a key role in helping her overcome her severe addiction to cocaine
'Cheers' star Kirstie Alley died at 71 after a short battle with cancer on December 5 (Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
'Cheers' star Kirstie Alley died at 71 after a short battle with cancer on December 5 (Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The 71-year-old Emmy-winning comic actress Kirstie Alley, who died after a battle with cancer on Monday, December 5, once claimed in 2012 that Scientology played an important role in helping her overcome severe addiction to cocaine. She told ET's Chris Jacobs, “I thought I was going to overdose almost every time. 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? 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."

According to The Sun, Alley admitted that her journey with drugs started following her breakup with her first husband Bob Alley in 1977. Talking in a recent interview with Howard Stern, she said, "I didn’t do drugs until I was 25. I got a divorce from my husband, and I started hanging out out with this guy I was sort of madly in love with. He had already done all of his drugs, but he had a lot of druggie friends," quotes UPI. Narrating how her occasional use of the drug soon turned into a habit, she said, "I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, ‘Oh my God! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life," Alley said and added, "I did a lot of cocaine. I was crazy. There was about a year’s span that I did cocaine that I was doing it -– you could say –- more occasionally, on the weekend. Then my weekend became a three-day weekend, then it became four, then it became five," reported ET.


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In 2019, the 'Cheers' star, who played Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom, and a former contestant on 'Celebrity Big Brother' also opened up about her addiction on social media platform. She wrote on Twitter on November 21, 2019, "For u who don’t know much about me, I used to be a coke head. I quit drugs in 1979 & vowed to spend the same $ weekly on flowers that I’d spent on drugs. I buy & arrange my own flowers as a gift to MYSELF. I buy them in the grocery store ..:)!" The actress, who credits the Scientology rehab program, Narconon, with helping her overcome the nearly three-year addiction, also recommended Scientology to people. She said, as quoted by What is Scientology, "To tell you the honest-to-God truth: without Scientology, I would be dead. So, I can personally highly recommend it."