Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother wrestled through a 20-year battle with h e r o i n, and the actress shared a few of her own a d d i c t i o n s in another revealing conversation on her Facebook talk show. Monday’s “Red Table Talk” revolved all around a d d i c t i o n, with her mom Adrienne Banfield Norris, Will Smith’s youngest sister Ashley Marie and musician August Alsina all opening up about their struggles with sobriety. “My sort of a d d i c t i o n s jump, they jump around,” Pinkett Smith explained. “When I was younger, I definitely think I had a s** craving of some kind. That everything could be fixed by s**. You know what I’m saying?” She said she followed that up with becoming a “gym habit,” before “reaching rock bottom” once while home alone.
“I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle and was like, now hold up, you in this house by yourself going for your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.”
“So, I went cold turkey,” the 46-year-old actress, whose father passed by a d r u g overdose, continued. “I am a binger and I always have to watch myself and how I can get obsessed with things. It’s not what you’re doing it but why you’re doing it …. if you want to have a lot of intimacy, that’s great, but why are you having all that thing? That’s what you gotta look at.”
During the discussion, Banfield Norris revealed she’s been clean of her former h e r o i n craving for 27 years. Both Jada and her mother teared up as Adrienne admitted that it was a man that actually led her to get clean.
“I have to put it on somebody else, it wasn’t about me. I had already lost my mother, I had already lost a husband, I had already lost another relationship. My friends were already frustrated with me, my sister was frustrated with me. I knew my job was in jeopardy,” she said of her downward spiral. “I had this man come back in my life and he said to me, ‘I heard you had been into treatment,’ and I started communicating with this person and we had an opportunity for a relationship that I thought would not happen. So its sad to say that I did it for a man.”
“But at the end of the day, you get to wherever you get and hopefully the light will go on and you’ll realize that it’s about you,” she said, crying as she looked at her daughter. “And I had to come to the understanding that there was a power that God …. that God had been looking out for us, you and me both, through all of that. I just had to let go.”
For Will Smith’s sister, Ashley, she opened up about her battle with m a r i j u a n a use, saying she had only recently gone cold turkey. “I was always high. I would wake up and puff on, I would go to work and on break time, again I want… all the time,” she explained. “If I feel myself coming down, we’re going again. It was always a way to make it through the moment, through the tears. I’m sad because I lost my mom. My mom is gonna always be gone, how can I ever be okay with that pain. Daddio is gone. He’s gonna always be gone.”
While answering fan questions, one really put Ashley’s self-imposed weed ban into perspective. The question: “Did you ever feel overshadowed in your own family because Will is so famous?”
“It’s questions like this that remind me I’m not high. I feel it,” she said. “For as long as I’ve been alive, he’s been the Fresh Prince. It wasn’t like he was more important than me, it was like, when somebody saw me, they saw him. I was always very talented growing up, but I didn’t want to show my talent because I thought they would compare it to him.
As for Alsina, a longtime friend of the Smith family, he became dependent to Percocet after collapsing on stage. “I was literally raining pills,” he said after he began taking the prescription d r u g to deal with the pain. It was a phone call from Jada that finally turned him around.
“I was on tour and you called me and literally broke down about it,” he explained. “To feel your emotion and hear you bawling, that was really a reality check for me. I was like, wow, if someone else can love you that much that it hurts them, why doesn’t it bother you that you’re hurting yourself? That moment really changed the trajectory of my life, just to start walking away from it.”
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