Carrie Fisher Struggled With Cocaine Addiction on Set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strike Back

Star Wars: Carrie Fisher Spreads Awareness About Drug Addiction.  

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens today, we felt it would be a great opportunity to take a look at the incredible recovery that Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) has gone through to beat her drug addiction.  She has been very forward about her struggle, and hopes to spread awareness about drug addiction.  

After the huge success of Star Wars: A New Hope, many of the stars were thrown into the spotlight which

Fisher has cited as one of the reasons she started using.  She didn’t understand the stress her parents (Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher) had to deal with because of their status.  This stress led to her to begin using many different types of drugs, including cocaine.  In recent interviews with the Associated Press, Carrie Fisher admitted to having done cocaine on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strike Back while on location in 1979 in Norway.  She went on to say that she didn’t even enjoy the drug, but she was just trying to find some way to get high.  Along with drug abuse, Fisher also battled bipolar disorder during this wars a new hope - carrie fisher

In 1987, Fisher wrote Postcards from the Edge, a semi-autobiographical novel that follows an actress named Suzanne Vale, as she looks back at her days as a drug addict, her overdose, as well as her time spent in rehab.  Many of the sections of the novel are very closely related to events from Fisher’s real life, like the drug overdose, as well as the main character’s relationship with her mother.

Carrie Fisher has made an astounding comeback.  She triumphed over her own addiction, and is now able to look back, and tell her story.  She’s not afraid of what people will think and her open and  forward attitude towards her past has helped to lift some of the stigma about addiction.  The more we speak about drug and alcohol abuse, the more we spread awareness.  Carrie Fisher has won her battle, and we hope that her story can help individuals today struggling with addiction.  

And remember, may the force be with you, always.  


If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, call us today at 1 (855) 203-7930 and the treatment specialists at The Discovery House will help you to begin your path to long-term recovery and sobriety.  

About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.

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