Kelly Osbourne Admits Vicodin Addiction

In her upcoming book, “Fierce,” 24-year-old Kelly Osbourne—daughter of Ozzy and Sharon—reveals that she was once addicted to the narcotic painkiller Vicodin. She writes that after being prescribed the drug, her use of the painkiller eventually spiraled out of control.

Her addiction began after her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2002, and her habit worsened when her dad was involved in a near-fatal quad-bike accident in 2003. She reportedly wrote, “I was trying to be strong, so I took Vicodin to hide the terrible sadness. I was waking up and emptying six Vicodin into my hand. Soon I was taking 50 pills a day. Most people would overdose on 10.”

At first, Kelly kept her addiction from her parents, according to the report. “My parents suspected. Mum would say, ‘Darling, are you taking something? Please tell your mummy.’ But I was good at lying,” she reportedly wrote.

After several failed stints in rehab, her parents sent her to UCLA Medical Institution in Los Angeles, where she was held on a psychiatric ward. “I was so frightened, it was full of crazy people,” she wrote. “As I curled up in a ball the air was filled with ear-piercing screams. I didn’t leave my room for five days. It’s one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.”

She then moved to London, where she was able to resist her habit. But after returning to LA to film “The Osbournes Reloaded,” she relapsed. She eventually locked herself away at home, going weeks without bathing or seeing anyone. “I wasn’t prepared for the speed of my downward spiral,” she said. “Within a month I wasn’t showering or brushing my teeth and my only relationship was with the pizza delivery man. The fact I didn’t die is a miracle.”

Kelly was readmitted to rehab in January, and says she has now kicked the pills for good. “After 30 days, I left rehab. For the first time, I felt hopeful. I knew I’d been given another chance at my life, at my career, at happiness. I wanted to grab it,” she reportedly wrote.

But she admits that every day is a battle: “If I think about relapsing again, I want to cry. I’m realistic. For the first time, I’ve learned my biggest lesson: there’s strong chance I will relapse. But because I recognize that, I feel like I’ve got the strength to fight it.”

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.