Dennis Quaid was using two grams of cocaine a day before rehab

Dennis Quaid was using two grams of cocaine a day before rehab

Dennis Quaid is opening up about his past struggles with drug addiction and the steps he took to get healthy in his later years.

The 64-year-old actor sat down with The Sunday Times for a lengthy interview in which he revealed that he was a daily cocaine user during the 1980s when his star was on the rise. The star revealed that he was using roughly two grams per day before he decided to get himself some help.

“I liked coke. I liked it to go out,” he told the outlet. “I had one of those white-light experiences where I saw myself being dead and losing everything I had worked for my whole life. So I put myself in rehab.”

For 10 years the star lived the clean and sober life before allowing himself to reintroduce alcohol to his world.

“I started drinking again because alcohol was never my problem,” he said. “I never liked the feeling of being drunk.”

He went on to reveal that he would use alcohol as a way to come down from his more intense cocaine highs.

This isn’t the first time that Quaid has discussed his past dependence on cocaine. As previously reported, he appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” in July to discuss just how much of a grip the drug had on his daily life.

“I was basically doing cocaine pretty much on a daily basis during the ’80s,” Quaid said. “I spent many, many a night screaming at God to ‘Please take this away from me, I’ll never do it again because I’ve only got an hour before I have to be at work,’” he said. “Then about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, I would be, ‘Oh, that’s not so bad.’ I had a white light experience where I saw myself either dead or losing everything that meant anything to me.”

The star went on to discuss his highly-public love life. The star recently ended a 14-year relationship with Kimberly Buffington. Since then, he’s fallen in love with 32-year-old French-Canadian model Santa Azuina.

“I met [Santa] very close after my ex and I were separated,” Quaid said. “I was just going to be single and that was just going to be it when it came to love. And then Santa came along.”

The star also opened up about his most public divorce to date with fellow actress Meg Ryan. He revealed that the circumstances were so public that he even got a call from then-President Bill Clinton.

“When it was announced that Meg and I were getting a divorce, he called me from Air Force One,’ Quaid revealed. “He was over the Atlantic right after Palestinian talks had collapsed. I don’t know how he found me, but he did. He just wanted to let me know he was thinking of me.”

Quaid had a child with Ryan and twins with Buffington.

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