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Whoopi Goldberg Opens Up About Former Cocaine Addiction And Grief In New Memoir

In her latest memoir, "Bits and Pieces," the actress candidly recounts her struggles with cocaine addiction.

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Whoopi Goldberg’s latest memoir delves into details, about her battle with cocaine addiction revealing her struggle with hallucinations as a result.

In “Bits and Pieces ” her memoir Goldberg reflects on her history of drug dependency tracing it back to her years and ultimately achieving sobriety in the 1970’s. However as she entered the entertainment industry at the onset of her Hollywood journey she found herself immersed in environment’s where cocaine was prevalent leading to a setback.

“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,” she writes in the memoir. “Lines of cocaine were laid across tables and bathroom counters for the taking.”

Goldberg discusses the challenge she faced in maintaining sobriety for a year before succumbing again to cocaine. During this period she experienced drug induced hallucinations. Spent periods isolated in her room. She vividly recalls an hallucination involving seeing a monster beneath her bed prompting her to confine herself to her room for a day and inadvertently urinate on the mattress.

“It was a really good time for about a year,” she wrote. “Then I fell into the deep well of cocaine and sank to a new low. Nobody around me caught on to where I was at with it. At least, that’s what I wanted to believe. I would have called myself ‘a very high-functioning addict.’”

Goldberg recalled getting clean when a hotel housekeeper caught her using cocaine, inside the closet of her hotel room.

“Get up, get out, and fix your life,” she recalls thinking. “You’ve been sitting in a closet for two days. It’s not good.”