Kathy Griffin Comes Clean about Being a ‘Junkie,’ Doing ‘Rich White Lady Speedball’

Former comedian Kathy Griffin has come clean about becoming a drug addict, admitting that she got hooked on doing “rich white lady speedball.”

Griffin made the confession on The New York Times’ Sway podcast.

She discussed her struggle with pill addiction, calling it almost comical that she turned into a junkie in her 50s.

“I think, well, look, I think that I’m probably an addictive person, you know,” she said.

“But you have to admit, it’s almost comical,” she continued.

“I went in the hospital for pill addiction at 59 years old.

“Who the hell becomes a junkie in their late 50s? Me.”

“I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was just such a crazy workaholic, and all of a sudden, I had this time on my hands, and then I was depressed, and things just weren’t looking up.

“Not to blame COVID, but then COVID also is like, just laying around all day and trying to figure out life.

“So that was rough, although it was a good thing, ultimately, and it was sobering, quite literally.

“And then you fall into the ‘Life will be better for my husband without me around.’

“And you then call the estate attorney and the whole thing.

“It just came to a point where I was convinced that I had a good run on this planet and now it’s time for me to go.

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“It’s been good,” she said.

“I’ve done a lot of great stuff and so you know, it gets pretty crazy.”

Griffin said she was taking a drug cocktail of opiates, benzodiazepines, and speed.

She said she was on Oxycontin, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Adderall, and Provigil.

“I was doing, like, a rich white lady speedball, basically,” she said.

“I was addicted like the classic story.

“I had injuries, and then blah, blah, blah and the addiction got away from me.

“Like, I kind of knew it was getting bad, but then I didn’t.

After telling doctors that she had attempted suicide, Griffin said she was admitted to the psychiatric ward.

“I’m there, in the hospital psych ward for three days, and boy, that will sober you up like nothing.

“You have no drugs, you’re just shaking, and I’m looking at the ceiling and just reassessing life choices and you have nothing but your own thoughts.

“That really saved my life.

“Through that process, you are kind of unpacking anything and everything.

“Everything is kind of surrounded by that a little bit,” she said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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