MARCIA BRADY HITS A SOBER MILESTONE
Okay, so her real name is Maureen McCormick, but we all know her best as Marcia Brady from The Brady Bunch. While it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a former child star ended up losing her way, suffering from addiction after her career waned, unlike a lot of casualties, McCormick is now over 35 years sober, and has lived to speak out about her recovery and rehabilitation.
Here’s the Story…
In 2008, McCormick released her memoirs, titled Here’s the Story, but many Brady Bunch fans never knew the entire story. In the book, she was candid about struggling with addiction and how she finally got sober through recovery and rehabilitation. As McCormick told The Fix, she’s sober today thanks to her family, namely her parents and her current husband.
“My mom and dad, they almost turned me into the cops,” she said recently. “They were at their last…cause they had been trying for years and knew something was going on…I was pretty sneaky and I could hide very well.”
McCormick’s drug of choice was cocaine, which burned through the entertainment industry with a vengeance in the seventies. By her count, McCormick struggled with addiction for “six, seven years,” and she said one of the low points was how her parents were “destroyed” by her drug use. “I wish I could take back all the pain that I caused them.”
Drug abuse also helped put McCormick’s career in the toilet, and she confesses, “I destroyed certain jobs, there were somewhere I was really high and it was really bad.”
The Ultimate Ultimatum
What ultimately made McCormick want to get sober, and stay sober, was her husband. She’s been married to Michael Cummings for over thirty years now, but she recalls, “When we first got together, I was still dabbling, and he said, ‘It’s either me or that.’ And I realized that I didn’t want to lose one of the greatest things I had ever found.”
McCormick told US, “It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take.”
And many times when people go through recovery, it’s highly recommended you hang out with a new crowd of people so you can stay sober. In an interview, McCormick said, “throw that phone book out and do not hang out with anyone who is still using.” While she had to leave a lot of people behind once she got sober, it was one of the most important steps she took in saving her life.
“I Am So Lucky To Be Alive”
McCormick has spoken out about addiction several times at events for the Brent Shapiro Foundation. Brent was the son of famed attorney Robert Shapiro, who died of an overdose at the age of 24.
At least year’s event, she told the audience that if they have an addictive personality, they are suffering from a disease and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. “So many people today are still incredibly embarrassed about talking about it as if it’s a weakness.”
Ultimately McCormick told Entertainment Tonight, “I am so lucky to be alive….I feel very lucky that I came out of it.”
KEYWORDS: RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION, ADDICTION, ADDICTIVE PERSONALITY