Hollywood star Dennis Quaid has spoken out about being addicted to cocaine.Dennis Quaid

The actor began using the class-A drug back in the 1980s when he claims use was widespread in the movie industry.

In an interview with The Times, he said: “Cocaine, back then, was part of the budget. Everyone was doing it, it was everywhere.”

But he said his drug use quickly spiralled from having fun to a dangerous addiction.

He said: “Being addicted to cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money. I had one of those bright light experiences where I either saw myself ending up dead or losing everything I had worked for.”

Movie star checked into rehab

In 1990 Dennis ended up admitting himself into a rehabilitation facility for 30 days in a bid to kick his dependency on cocaine. Since his treatment, he says he stayed completely free of both drugs and alcohol for a whole decade.

He said: “I drink now, but cocaine? I was never going to stop until it was all gone. So I don’t do coke anymore. The allure has gone for me.”

Cocaine is a powerful and addictive stimulant which can give users a short-term energy boost and make them feel less inhibited as more confident as well as temporarily lifting their mood. However, while people may feel happier and more alert after taking the drug, they will often experience the opposite as it leaves their system and individuals can feel depressed and lethargic for several days afterwards.

Cocaine users are also at risk of heart attack, convulsions and mental health issues.

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