The actress called her past addiction her "deepest, darkest secret," through a Facebook post ahead of her Dr. Oz appearance.
Stacey Dash best known for her role in “The Clueless” opened up with regards to her past dependence on painkillers, taking between 18 to 20 Vicodin pills each day at one point during her guesting on “The Dr. Oz Show.”
“I’m not blaming doctors at all because it was my choice to take more, you know?” she told Dr. Oz. “It was my choice to take that extra one even though I wasn’t in pain. I chose to do that because the Vicodin filled that hole inside of me.”
She proceeded, “It filled that anger. It calmed that anger down. It slowed my brain down. It gave me the ease so that I could deal with life. That’s how I became addicted. It’s no one’s fault but my own.”
The host then, OZ replied, “18-20 Vicodin a day — that’s expensive,” to which Dash mournfully concurred, saying “I lost everything.”
She additionally told Oz that her parents likewise battled with addiction, and that she better comprehended them after her own insight. “The greatest blessing is that not only have I been able to be honest with myself and become a better person.”
“I’ve been able to understand my parents and that they did love me, and that they were doing the best they could, and they were just sick. They were addicted,” she said.
Stacey Dash first notable appearance was as Michelle in the 1985 The Cosby Show episode “Denise’s Friend,” and her first major film role was in the Richard Pryor comedy Moving in 1988. She also has two children named son Austin and daughter Lola.