Edie Falco was just 29 when she realized it was time to make a change. It happened in March. She realized that her front door had been left open when she woke up after a day of heavy drinking. Falco explained. The GuardianInterview in December. While she was aware that her drinking habits were excessive, it didn’t seem like a huge deal to her. One example is how she selected the people she dated. “I’d wait to hear how quickly they’d mention alcohol, and that’s how I knew they were the next guy.”
Falco started drinking while she was at SUNY-Purchase in New York. An introvert, Falco used alcohol to foster her acting ambitions, believing that without it she would be unable to perform. “I was a non-drinker for years, then I had my first drink at college and I found nirvana,”She agreed. Falco claimed that she would also use cocaine, if it was available. “[B]ut I could never afford any, and marijuana just gave me anxiety,”She continued. Ironically, her career flourished after she stopped drinking.
Falco couldn’t have been happier about her choice. “Never in a million years did I ever think my life would look the way it does now … And I had never anticipated also to not be going through my days drinking. Of living a life without any kind of crutch,”She spoke to the New York Post2013.
There is help available for those suffering from addiction. Visit the Website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)