Kelly Osbourne Opens Up About Getting Sober In New Memoir
A now sober Kelly Osbourne is opening up about her wild and drug-fueled past in her new memoir.
In the book There Is No ******* Secret, TV personality Osbourne reveals her drug use began at age 13 after being liquid Vicodin when she had her tonsils removed. Her drug use was at its peak in 2003, when mother Sharon was fighting colon cancer and father Ozzy almost died from an ATV accident. Osbourne described herself as a “trash can” drug user who did “anything and everything” but crack.
“The only way I could even face my life was by opening that pill bottle, shaking out a few pills — or a handful — into my palm, and throwing them down my throat,” she wrote.
Osbourne admitted the lowest moment of her drug addiction and mental health woes was when Sharon had her involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
“Mum once locked me in a mental institution for three days, and it scared the hell out of me. … I had to wear paper shoes, since I could potentially kill myself with a shoelace, and wasn’t allowed to have anything metal, not even a spoon,” she wrote. “I wasn’t suicidal by medical standards, but I heard Mum’s message loud and clear: stop using drugs before I was gone for good.”
After a six-year battle with sobriety that included six detoxes and four rehab stints, Osbourne won her battle with addiction and has now been sober for over eight years. By focusing on utilizing supportive care outlets and maintaining a positive group of people around here, she said she’s now healthier than ever.
“I don’t blame Dad for the fact that I ended up a drug user, nor do I blame growing up in the public eye. For me, drugs were a coping mechanism that also fueled my self destruction,” she wrote. “Now, I manage pain through creativity, friendship and self-care. The crazier my life gets, the more focused I become on the things that make me feel good.”