Jada Pinkett Smith candidly detailed her past issues with drugs and alcohol, saying she’s a “walking miracle” after kicking her addictions.
Smith said she would combine wine or other alcohol with ecstasy and weed when she developed a tolerance to solely drinking.
“Drinking red wine for me was like drinking glasses of water,” she shared on Facebook Watch’s “Red Table Talk.” “Because I’m used to that hard hit. I was drinking hard in high school, too, and when I got out here I was doing cocktails. So, ecstasy, alcohol, weed. Let me tell you, I was having myself a little ball.
“I wasn’t doing things that I thought were addictive,” she continued. “But I would do those three together, that was my cocktail. Your threshold becomes so high that what it takes for you to get to the place you need to get to — it’ll take me two bottles to get to … Okay, if I do ecstasy, weed and alcohol at the same time I’m gonna get there faster and I can keep the high going.”
Smith, 49, considered herself a “binger” who wouldn’t drink during the week but would party all weekend long.
“When it’s time to go, we gonna go,” she said of behavior. “So I wasn’t the type of person who was drinking every day, I was like a weekend party girl. Thursday to Monday morning, I would go.”
Smith’s mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, also battled substance abuse, having previously been addicted to heroin. But Smith was able to go “cold turkey” one day after reaching for a third bottle of wine and having a health scare on the set of 1996’s “The Nutty Professor.”
“I went to work high and it was a bad batch of ecstasy,” she recalled. “And I passed out and I told everybody that I must have had old medication in a vitamin bottle. But I’ll tell you what I did, though. I got my ass together and got on that set. That was the last time.”
Smith, who previously admitted she had an addiction to porn, revealed she still has her triggers, such as dark liquor, but will only occasionally have a glass of wine.
“I think back on my life, like, I am a walking miracle, no doubt about that,” she said. “People will not believe.”