February 3rd, 2011
12:12 PM ET
Whoopi: I was a high-functioning drug addict
While her co-hosts may have criticized Charlie Sheen over a recent report that he's skipping rehab to go back to work, Whoopi Goldberg says she understands the decision. "The View" host revealed Wednesday that she was once a high-functioning drug addict.
"He is an alcoholic, he is a drug user,” Goldberg said of Sheen. “He knows he has a lot of people he’s responsible for. Having been a drug addict, I feel I can say this… I was a functioning drug addict, I showed up for work because I knew a lot of people would be out of work and I wouldn’t get a check that I needed to buy my drugs."
Things got so bad for Goldberg that she became terrified to leave her bed for days because she thought something was under it. She even went to the bathroom in her bed.
"I was so scared. I hit bottom," she said. "I did that a long time ago."
While Goldberg is now "as straight as an arrow," she believes it's up to Sheen — and not his TV producers — to get himself back on track.
"Until Charlie makes the decision that he’s ready and willing to stop doing what he’s doing … he’s not there yet," she said.
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SHytbag whoopi eats her own SHYT.
I think Whoopi has alot more things to worry about than what Charlie is doing...one look in the mirror in the morning should have concerned her with a plethora of other things, but then again maybe that is what the drugs were for.
WAS a high functioning drug addict–she still talks and moves like she is one. Whoopi has many brain cells missing, watch her on "The View" you will understand......
Maybe Charlie Sheen was under her bed.
I would rather Whoopi stay in bed then leave it to host that insipid talk show.
When did trailer trash get internet access? And what's up with all the negativity? Are your lives so mundane that you have to troll response boards trying to upset people? Get over yourselves and more importantly educated your self. You know what, just spell check.
See what I did there with educated?
If I remember to take my Ginko Biloba I can remember where i put my Viagra.
Does that make me high functioning?
"The View" needs to go away. Who watches that except lonely housewives with no life? It's just droning chatter by has-beens sitting around drinking coffee. Rubbish.
"High" functioning drug addict indeed.
Whoopi, who really cares, contact him directly if you think you can help him. we really don't want to hear about it. Drama!!
Goldberg worse than a nasty smelly goat. She probably craps in the floor then eats it while her dog is forced to tongue her nasty hole. ThisBYTCH belongs inHELL with the Kennedys. I think some of that Pee pee and feces she laid in soaked into her brain. Then again she probably enjoyed it.
Can't you all just stick to the topic at hand? It NEVER fails.......
yer i was the same with drugs i took loads but still went to work but at the end of the day you kinda learn drugs are bad and do no good for my BPD i have been free of drugs now for about 9 years and in the last 6 mounth i have stopped drinking to
Whoopi is very smart...as are the other entertainers that got through as a "functioning" addict and then got clean and continued with success.......that is a very small percent
Is anyone else disappointed that Guinan was a drug addict? 🙁
only the very intelligent can do what she did....it's quite complicated......
I've been thinking about starting to shoot up lately, it looks cool as hell!
I consider myself a high functioning addict i've always had a full time job & also slinging OC's on the side but i work in a call center & the majority of ppl who work in call centers get high i sold OC's to a lot of my co workers & supervisors's & bosses & everyone i knew was getting high all my bosses would go out in the parking lot & smoke weed while i would crush up pills & snort them ive worked & 3 different call centers during an 8 year period & all of them were full of high functioning drug users/addicts
Must be, since u just incriminated yourself
Drug addicts write good music, I wonder if she can freestyle cause she's black
I function high.
She is an idiot and a buffoon.
Also, as an honorable mention, is a terrible person with an ugly heart.
Sooooooo thats what happened to Goldburg!
"she went to the bathroom in her bed"??? How in the world did she do that??? Oh, did you mean that she urinated and/or defecated in her bed??? How hard would it have been to write it that way? Queen Victoria died a long time ago! What next? Will you be referring to arms and legs as 'limbs' and putting skirts around pianos so that their limbs won't be exposed???
Good to know there's a heirarchy among addicts: low-functioning addict= homeless begger, high-functioning addict=hates Republicans. I always knew there was something "not right" with her.
One of the great questions to me is why people care what Whoopi Goldberg has to say. What has she done? No, seriously, like, what has she done? She's a semi-talented actor and a decent stand-up comic. That's it. She's made like 1 good movie. She seriously has to be one of the most over-exposed people of all-time.
I made a mess in my pants. It smells like cake.
Your name is "Whoopie". What do you mean by the phrase "used to be"?
Whoopi isn't what anyone would call functioning. No matter the level. She's just a converter. She turns food and oxygen into hate speech and the smell of rotten squid.
Candy asses. Live hard, work hard, and play hard. That's where you live, in America. Stop with all the half concocted pitches. We understand if you're a teetotaler, we could care less. But don't seek to rehabilitate a stagnant career with your whining.
she's right...only Charlie can help himself...no one else can do it for him
Whoopie spoke the truth......as always
Whoopi is a high functioning retard.
And Whoopi thinks she's still something. Bull! She only has her money to lean on. She's arrogant to everyone, even Barbra Walters. Just wait, she'll hit rock bottom.
That helps explain the low-functioning acting abilities.
I w onder how many people are in jail in Florida for doing whart Russ did, abusing, using, and possesing. NARCOTICS, that were purchased from DRUG DEALERS. He should be REQUIRED to take A DRUG TEST DAILEY. Maybe this is what causes him TO HAVE THIS IRRATIONALE BEHAVIOR and say what he DOES. DRUG ADDICTS ARE NEVER CURED, THEY ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE JUST ONE MORE FIX, HIT, SIP OR SWALLOW FROM REGRESSING. BY THE WAY I THINK RUSS IS GAY ANYWAY
Nobody cares about rich people. Really. Stop wiping your crockydyle tears.
All I can say is that cocaine is super fun. I am 17 and I've been testing out drugs and cocaine is the best so far. I don't blame Whoopi and Charlie for wanting to feel great and have fun all the time. That's what being a celebrity is all about. All of my friends want to get to that point in life when we can just have fun all the time and look good. Most of the haters on this site probably haven't even done coke cuz no one wants to party with them. Sorry losers.
Former drug addict? Judging from most of what comes out of her mouth she either still is or has suffered irreparable damage as a result.
You she was high alright. LOL
I like to get f-d up and do f-d s#*t
I wrote the above blog with bad grammar just to hear you white folks go balistic and call me the n word. Thanks in advance
you didn't need to do that...these ppl spew their ignorant hatred without being provoked on a daily basis...actually an hourly basis on these types of forums where they can hide behind their computers and remain faceless...let em say that crap face to face...oh wait, they wouldn't b/c they're spineless cowards (and did i mention ignorant?) with the childish finger pointing and constant babbling about politics which they have no clue about...it would be nice if every utterance of the N word left an instant and strong taste of dog s**t on their tongue lol
I hate the term "high-functioning addict"!! For a former addict to use it is irresponsible and misleading. Phrases like this serve to further enable addicts and discourage them from getting help because it's another cop-out. At best, a "high-functioning addict" is in denial, at worst, his/her body is in the process of ceasing to function!! This term was used to describe a family member of mine who was an alcoholic for years. Yes, he had an important job and a family and SEEMED to be holding it all together but that was proved false when his 48 year-old body began to shut-down, he collapsed and never regained consciousness. RIP G.D.H. We love and miss you.
Its sad when most of you racists on this blog always try to correct someone's spelling and grammar. Worst of you turn the blog to libs or conservatives that has nothing to do nothing you sorry super moral white folks will have eat your hateful words,cowards. moral
@ Buffalo (141)= You are right ..they have children starving, families losing their homes & their jobs..wars and crime rates are up..way up....and here we are discussing all so important topics of whoppi wetting the bed and charlie and his oh soooo on going life style....we are a sad group as a whole...FEED THE CHILDREN AND HOUSE THE POOR....thats what we should be concerned with....
Whoopi is 100% spot-on.
Woopy is right, that's the case with any addiction, even something as small as smoking, unless you decide you need to quit for yourself – not to show people you can, or because of your job, or because of people around – but for yourself, it's never gonna work "for good." You can stop for a while, but if it's not for yourself, it's not gonna last. People can force him to rehab, unless he wants to be there and wants to be "normal" it's all for nothing. And considering his statements about this situation, he thinks there is absolutely nothing wrong with him or his life.
Oh Charlie Sheen, grow up.
Whoopi was never a high-functioning anything.
We likely are almost all "highly-functioning addicts." Only we don't realize it because our "drug" of choice isn't illegal. But if tomorrow coffee, Coke, certain TV shows, or what have you, were made illegal, we'd start realizing that we aren't really any freer than many of the very addicts we look down upon.
The difference is that those addicts have to work beneath the table, doing all sorts of things, to feed their habit. Unlike the rest of us, they are constantly having to worry how they will obtain their next hit. Us? We just go down to the story and buy another pack of Coke, or cigarettes, or beer.
Make drugs legal and a lot of this junk will stop–at least the crime. And as for the abusers, well, there will always be abusers, whether the item is legal or illegal. Just look at the people who abuse legal alcohol.
I appreciate Whoopi being so authentic and transparent.
Whoopie said this is her favorite song:
That's because America is a drug infested, morally bankrupt society.
never was funny ! TRAMP kick her to the curb.
You are ridiculous. Jealous much?
And if our Justice system caught her back then, she'd waste 15 years in prison, come out a criminal, and waste government resources and not contribute to society. We need to reform our drug laws so drug addiction is treated as a medical problem, not a criminal problem.
Not sure this is really news... Whoopi's drug use has been discussed before. Nothing to see here, go away.
She looks like when she finally got out of bed.... She took the bed sheets with her and used them as clothes....
She's not that high functioning – I thought her performance in The Color Purple was a bit lacking honestly.
Big fat azz gorilla woman.... Looks like sasquatch....
I was a high functioning Alcoholic/pot lover for many years...never missed work, got great job reviews. Finally one day I realized my children were getting old enough to understand what was going on...A sobering moment for me! I had a choice to make...raise them like my mother raised me...or clean up my act and moved on with life. Though they were my reason for quitting at the time...I must admit other areas in my life also improved...I am finally in a happier place!
She must have been on some good ish, couldn't even get out of bed...wowsers
Whoopi Goldberg? High functioning? I think not.
She's not excusing him. Read again. Anyone that said she's just excusing him has never been an addict. I was fine, and hid it well too....for years. I started caving once money started running low. I stole my mom's retirement, my own retirement, lost my job of 14 years with the government, and almost died. I went to rehab once...because I wanted to go. If he doesn't WANT to change...starting with 'admitting life is unmanageable'....he won't get honest and get better.
And apparently she has had lasting brain damage because she is still a liberal idiot
just shows u the atmoshere in hollywood maybe the producers and conpanies should start giving out drug test to there actors.....like they do in sports....kids look up to these ppl....bc they are the new babysitters of the american youth....
Charlie Sheen is a coke head. Coke heads run around in public yelling with their pants off acting weird. In New York, we called this the 1980s crack epidemic. George W. Bush was also a high functioning cocaine addict. Drugs are expensive, lots of people work for them.
When has "whoopie" ever performed at a high level? She's a blather........
People should not over analyze every little tid bit about these celebrities. Whoopi was exactly right. Can't help.someone who does not want it. It's up to him. Low or high its all the same...still an addict. It's no surprise.
Whoopi is a pig.
comments like some of the ones displayed here prove that racism is alive and well in America...... It also shows how much the medis (cnn) fans the flames...
Get a life and stop looking for a reason to put others down.
She used to be a drug addict? Oh my gosh, she looks like a nice person who has never been on drugs, but going to the bathroom in her bed... wow and personel business..
Enough of glorifying people who damage themselves intentionally! They ARE NOT role models for decent Americans! (There are still a lot around, BTW, and a lot in the younger generations.)
I cant help but feel that the comments have strayed from the original (and very very important) subject. Lets all reflect back on Whoopi
Who still does not know about Goldberg's drug use and abuse? This is old news!
I don't see where she stated she was "high" functioning. She just claimed she was a functioning addict. You all need to get off her back. The woman is clean now and I commend her for sharing her personal story.
Legalize the herb!
if you know how uneducated you sound. You might have book sense but not brain sense. . If you have not gone through this with a love one you will never understand when they will hit rockbottom it can take years. why so critical against somebody that been through the ends and outs
I bet you 98 percent of the people making the hateful racist comments are white people or other who think they are white bet
why so critical against somebody that been through the ends and outs. at least she could be the one to comment on his disease because she been through it.
if you know how uneducated you sound. You might have book sense but not brain sense. . If you have not gone through this with a love one you will never understand when they will hit rockbottom it can take years. why so critical against somebody that been through the ends and outs
Disease? Cancer is a disease.
Oddly, Dano, depression is also a disease. Weird.
No pathogen causes that one, either...
She peed in bed....Nuff said
So many can comment on something they have never experienced but only a few actually know what woopi and sheen went through and are going through. get youself better dog (sheen) woopi f those haters.
This isn’t a race issue, trust me. I am black and all of my black friends as well as my white friends can’t stand this woman. I understand she has a following, but I can’t for the life of me figure it out. She is not funny, she will never concede that anyone but her might be right about anything, and she looks absolutely ridiculous.
We only have 2 more out in the country deer an salamandors. Sorry I can't spell
Well, use of the term "high-functioning" is an oxymoron. If there was anything at all high-functioning about Whoopi, she wouldn't have elected to use drugs. While addiction is compelling, the decision to use drugs to begin with is clearly a matter of simple choice.
Whoopie a doper? Gee, never would have guessed it.
I find the hypocrisy of the left quite astounding. If a conservative like a Rush Limbaugh gets addicted to prescription drugs due to a medical condition, goes to rehab, shares his experience publically and rehabilitates himself he is branded and ridiculed for life. Then when Whoopi is criticized everyone is a racist, cruel, ignorant and uneducated. Next time one of you Libs start ranting about Limbaugh's addiction to medically prescribed drugs remember the pass you gave Whoopi. I am personally happy for anyone who overcomes addition. Maybe you Libs should be too!
I just hope that Charlie realizes he needs help BEFORE it kills him. At the rate he's going, he may not have long.
I. Don't know may be they need more pigens in the city or or or clone a passinger peggin or what thouse r called
A "high-functioning" addict that can't get out of bed to hit the bathroom ?
Using murder as beauti
guess my comment didnt get posted it was peace & love n respect n all things fluffy
the difference between a funtioning and non-functioning addict, is MONEY. if you have it, you function. if you don't, you're screwed.
Abdullah The Butcher.
I know that it was ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER who helped Whoopie get off of drugs. Maybe Charlie Sheen should go to see him too for some re-grooving. It worked wonders for Whoopie
Bring him to Peachtree and pine street in Atlanta Ga and let him stay there and live for 30 days volunteering, he will change. That is what addiction is like and the consequences of addiction will get you.
Drugs overide all concerns. In fact, it's the only thing that overides mankind's oldest and strongest trait- protection of offspring.
O yea they have bn stealing my from the gov so they look more important. My natural body is not of that sr. ALL THE WONDS SHOWED UP.
Luke -- loved cared for good family Died alone at 19.
So in other words you need to turn the chanel away from the phyical human body an back to the tvs radios an cellphones an know its the parents instead if it beening looked like you have a control. Just because there normal everyday people just like everyone eals that people see. For crying out loud they have the internet an sum of this stuf still exzist. They don't have the peace in mind that well over 90pro of people have
Whoopi Goldberg has never been a high functioning anything, she just likes to think she is. If she was white, she would be rightly regarded as talentless.
Whoopie has the gall to poke fun at Gov Jesse Ventura? She may not do drugs now but she still plays and dresses the part.
I love it when that bunch of left wing, cook, hags on "The View" start handing out advice. The real shame here is that Barbara Walters would facilitate a day to day conversation with this bunch of big-assed, liberal retards. Hesselbeck is obvioulsly the exception, and how she gets up and looks at these creatures everyday is beyond the scope of my imagination.
If your daily activities include watching The View, Opra Winfrey, Dr. Phil or any other TV rubbish then you have a problem that is as destructive as any drug addiction.
Whoopie Goldberg has the audacity to castigate Gov Jesse Ventura for not wanting to be exposed to radiation or groped at the airport??? X-junkie vs X-seal. Respect the Seal.
Its probly the point about fuzin when you keep getting you're thoughts read in diffrent state of mindes you start to relie ony a carb that carb becomes supended in time it has to give u a breake so you can fuze in the mind its healing instead of a mixture of C02to a mark of iculation so you don't destirv a childs way. If it keeps going an you don't get a next point of iculation it can eratat the br iain it can leave you in a serous state of conserning sum rely on stuf like pain kellers to help make sure theyyy fiiile good about there selves on harm to other people. I think in away it causes u to be more active in the spinal an the eyes making adiffrent but you still Need the true
Who really cares what a washed up, ugly, old mediocre comedian has to say about anything? She needs to go back to bed and stay in bed until she just dies. What a worthless human being.
At least you're not being racist.
To the person that suggested harsher sentences for drug dealers. Were you referring to the large rich drug companies or the CIA?
You see people like you just ignore the problem and say brush it off with comments like that...
Dont run from the problem...work out a solution....
If your life is completely ruined for selling drugs, you'd think twice about it now wouldn't you...
The choices we make in this world define our character and who we are...
I love Whoopi! She's a brilliant woman and she is never ashamed to tell it like it is.
Someone earlier posted a question asking why Americans are so racist. It is quite obvious from a lot of the comments that this country is still very much racist. It is an uncomfortable truth. In my opinion this country is still very racist because the racists themselves do not consider themselves racists. They think that their behavior is ok. It's obvious that the goal is to maintain the status quo. Such a shame. Such wasted opportunities. So many lost souls....
DNA matters. Import Africa, you get Africa (violence, corruption, backwards and troublesome ways). Import orientals, you get strong families, ambition, intelligence and manic-work drive. Import Europeans and you get Europe.
Im not gonna read anymore rude comments. grow up. she made a statement and opinion based upon past choices she made. i love her. shes smart and funny !
One final note:
I have no tolerance for drug users and i certainly will not glorify an individual for being a recoverying drug user...why not glorify the millions who never become addicted...
To let yourself get that bad where you couldnt get out of bed for days eliminating your waste on yourself just indicates how weak-minded a person is...
Glorify the strong-minded kids that say "NO" to drugs everyday!
I have the solution to our problems! HARSHER PUNISHMENT LAWS for drug dealers...get em off the streets...
Our rules in this country are WAYYYY to lax....people need direction and guidance...
Just by reading responses and quotes here, ive realized how much of a double-standard there is...
People have to stop listening to the media...they are being brainwashed...
Tamed the dog to the land an
Whoopi used to smoke rocks with pac's ma
Abducted at 5 an still have no idea about famly ***
Tip of the hat to you Whoopi....I know of what you speak..and yes there is life after addiction..
Whoopi's comments about anything anymore are wearing thin. I used to really like her but she is turning into an arrogant, "if I do it its okay cause I'm a famous actor" demeanor bites. Over her.
whoopi, stop make excuses for this guy.
When I was about 4 years old, I thought something was under my bed too. Smoke weed, not crack!
I was addicted to sapleo. It used to twist me into a knot. sapelo production. it's on a rise.
Good Lord, The 2 things whoopi ever did was the View, Sister Act and The Color Purple. Easliy replaceable in any. Don't toot your horn Goldie. Drop out of sight for 10 years and NObody would suffer
Ummm..."Sparky", Goldberg has a Grammy, seven Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Tony, and an Oscar. And I guess you didn't catch her in "Ghost", with Patrick Swayze. Or in "How Stella got her groove back" with Angela Bassett, or "Girl Interrupted" with Angelina Jolie.
Cocaine, Marijuana were legal in US in Fourties/fiftees. Having said that all baby boomers are born with genetic dose of these drugs. Therfore the children of baby boomers are born with genetic dose of these drugs. Therefore America today is Drug Addict.
What the heck is a, "genetic dose" of a drug?
Hey PeterD, pass whatever you're smoking over here...man.
Death To Mubarak! Caliphate In Challah! Long Live Egypt! Long Live Whoopi!
Judging by her wardrobe, I just assumed she was still stoned....
Not sure what is "shocking" about Whoopi's drug addiction admission. Most people knew that already. What was shocking, though, was the urinating/defecating in the bed. I would hate to be in charge of that clean up!
No one REALLY should care about these over payed Hollywood D-bags. What kind of impact have they ever made in our lifetime?
If you look at the way she thinks, she wasn't really functioning at all and still isn't.
Whoopi, I've followed you for almost all of your career...(.even your skits with the blue eyes) and you've alway's facinated me....wonderful talent...thank you for straightening up for us to enjoy you into your elder years to come...so much to offer...you'll go down in history...I am proud of you. Knew the scandal the entire time...It was up to you.....proud again!!!!!
It's always been clear that she's been high on something. Just listen to her politics.
Whoopi says a lot of dumb S**t From supporting Mel Gibson because he wasn't racist in HER house.... to supporting Polanski because it wasn't really "R@pe r@pe"
She's probably shooting up between commercials.
Big story... hollywood actor makes lots of money, buys drugs...yada, yada, yada.. Now where have I heard THAT storyline before? If she's looking for praise, she can keep looking.
I love drugs. Whoopi is an idiot and should keep her mouth shut. End of story.
And I wanna smoke joint after this.
I have no sympathy for millionaires who want to say they have problems.
On her best day, Whoopi was never "high-functioning." She is just your typical ill-informed liberal hater.
For the Mindless ones that don't Know what MIss Goldbergs talents are she is Comedian actress spokes person political activist teacher and parent. top that off with recovery and you got one hell of a lady!!!
I just wonder, how can you go to the bathroom in your bed? Hers must be a pretty big bathroom. I guess I'll have to try it for myself.
she sh it the bed?
Racism and stupidity do not necessarily go hand in hand. However, naivety and tolerance skip along hand in hand and strait over the cliff.
Charlie sheen problem is spiritual; what he really needs is to do a seven day fast with only water, this will break the addictive stronghold he has.
The reason this will work is that your are denying the flesh and feeding the spirit.
There's a pretty high chance that charlie hasn't eaten in a week already. or slept.
Judging by Whoopi's undisciplined and irrational political spewings on The View, I'm not entirely sure her brain has remained entirely unscathed by the drugs, nor whether she could be considered truly "high functioning" in light of such evidence to the contrary.
Unemployment hovering around 10% (16% actual); national debt rising to almost $14 Trillion; universal health care issues; Egyptians killing each other over their government; international debt issues; and it appears half of the people on here can't even spell, even though they'll call others out for being "un-educated, racists". It appears we have bigger problems to worry about than who Charlie Sheen is banging or Whoopi's sad song about being addicted to drugs. I feel so sorry for you Whoopi...that's terrible.
Who cares about this drug addict. Big deal. There's a lot more important things going on than her.
You're pretty deep in the comments for the "who cares " defense. Are you not?
Being a "high functioning addict" must be what turned her brain to mush....
Charlie sheen won't get better until they take away his show from him and he burns through his 100 million in cash. That will never happen because cbs is too greedy to give up their cash cow.Who cares what a washed up hack like Whoopi thinks anyway. She walked off her own show because she heard a comment she didn't like. Who does that? She may be off drugs, but she's still high as a kite on her own ego.
Wow, she wet the bed 'cause of her addiction? Didi she shave off her eyebrows in the process?
Big Breaking News? This is the best HLN can do? No wonder their numbers are in the toilet like PMSNBC. LMAO...Whoopi is big breaking news. Thats just sad.
They lock up drug addicts indefinitely in Hawaii? You do know what "rehab" is short for right?
Wow, some people here are really horrible, racists and un-educated.
Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen....I would give up my first child to see them partying together! I bet they are a blast (not)
We are a blast...Don't be jeallous just becuase you can't pop bottles and tounge punch your Granny like we do.
Hollywood could do America a favor by not hiring drug addicts and require them to undergo rehab as a requirement for work. Just like most American workers. Yo-yo rehab for the likes of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan is now more of a publicity stunt and way to pump up a fading career, than an authentic attempt to get straight. Hollywood studios could have a zero-tolerance policy for actors who need rehab. But they won't do it:: too much money at stake and besides Americans love the phoney drama. Peter Klika, Kapaau, Hawaii (we put druggies in rehab for keeps here). Aloha
To people out there who are drug addicts, who are struggling with alcoholism and addiction, Whoopie's reflection on her past gives them hope. She is a living example that they can change, that they can become someone, and that it's never too late. I have nothing but admiration for her sharing her story.
Looks like she is still on drugs
Addiction is a disease and not something to be taken lightly. I've worked with recovering addicts to help them get their lives in order, some were doctors, lawyers, etc. and believe it or not I was surprised they too were still high functioning and I was shocked. Charlie Sheen must deal with his addiction in his own time but not in his own way and I pray it won't be too late.
Addiction is a disease? Really? Show me the pathogen that causes addiction. Addiction is weakness. Nothing more.
Dude what's up with that
"Charlie Sheen" -> clever & hilarious! LOL
How many '2nd chances' can he get? He's next to go.
I am shocked. Shocked! I am still trying to figure out what her "talent" is, other than to be outspoken.
Back in the day she was a raunchy stand up comedian.
I no I hear its safer
Well that explains why she voted for obama!
Yea I heard about that system.
Yea I heard about that system. Oboy
When a person is active in their addiction, you don't think about others but only themselves.
So how do you get fame mixed up with the laws
Simply TMI, Whoopi.
That's fuNny how he follows you're
To all of you freaking out about the racist comment: You people honestly still don't know what a Troll is do you? Now THAT is ignorance.
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Whats funny about all this, is that there is a slew of stars, musicians, actors, etc., that have had this past experience of drug/alcohol addiction. Take Samuel L. Jackson for example. he was a crackhead before his super stardom. but it's too obvious that many judge too quickly ones downfalls through life. selective predjudice is obvious, but it is our weakness that keeps us from coming together as a unified people. I too honestly feel what people are worried about when it comes to this topic, but don't go thinking you're better because you don't/haven't Been through the cycle. nowadays, Kids can pick between a 5 dollar footlong, or a dose of heroin. nancy reagan's "just say no" campaign only motivated kids like i was, to tie plastic ribbons on fence-lining that said "just say no". but she obviously forgot peer pressure in that equation. if our future is within our kids, then teaching them The values of your family,
and society, is way more important, than limiting their learning of reality.
Go Whoopi! Nice to have a voice for people in Charlie's situation. I have faith he will dig himself out of this.
Straight as a arrow? Having seen her loopy as hell on The View, very similar to Danny DeVito's Lemoncello still drunk episode, she hasn't been straight long.
Wow CNN – do you see #50? I understand that your organization can't baby-sit every article and comment post, but, Please, Please, PLEASE do better. Also it helps to just to identify a post as deleted instead of totally removing it.
Whoopie's concern is about drawing attention to herself, not about showing empathy for Charlie. There's no reason she should share those kinds of details about her addiction unless she's speaking at an NA meeting. She's as narcissistic as they come save Kayne.
Whoopi's reply wasn't about her... More likely than not, it was to stop the non-sensical drivel of her co-hosts who always have an opinion about something they have no experience to back up. What she said was absolutely correct in terms of pointing out how low you have to go to WANT to seek help. Good Luck Charlie! You need it.
Addiction is a devastating disease and very few who have never been there have an adequate enough understanding to relate or to have any real compassion for. Of course, i the comments section it is a battle of who can make the snarkiest comment, who can level the most direct petty insult. I have known many addicts with more class than the majority of those of comment here. Judge way, hypocrites. Judge away, for someday you may be judged yourself by your "peers".
No, it is not a disease. That's what addicts want to hear to make them feel better. It's not my fault, I have a disease!!!
Congratulations on never having been addicted to anything. Telling someone who is going through withdrawal because they're actually trying to kick the habit that they're just trying to refuse responsibility for their actions seems a bit...unfair.
Addiction is a CURABLE mental disease; however, different people react to the disease differently. That's why some people can do a line of coke a few times and never go back and some people end up in prison for stealing in order to purchase more coke.
It's pathetic that in 2011 there are still so many ignorant, racist individuals. Hate is born of ignorance and what goes around comes around. Those that choose to hold their fellow man in contempt will get a healthy dose of Karma. Elvis Costello said it best – "What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?"
Most addicts can function while on matinence doses of opiates. The disfunction starts while going thru withdrawal. I don`t know her drug of choice but from experence it sound like prescription meds.
I believe her drug of choice was heroin.
Whoopi introduced Salvia to the US!!
Proof positive that ignorance is still alive and well. Sad isn't it? Shame on CNN for allowing such drivel.
The one with the ugly responses is probably one person with several screen names, who is not working and hates themselves so much that they have to suggest the worst about everyone else. We will all pray for your recovery because there is clearly something very wrong with you
Alot of tough talk here i guess its safer since we are on the computer racists white men never want to go toe to toe with black folks he always has to have a cowardly advantage
Cha-Ching – it's not just the white man. I'm white as a ghost and racism makes me sick. All races have a percentage of haters. There are white people who are idiots and racist – there are also black people who are racist and stereotype all white people as racist. That is not the case and is a big part of the problem.
speaking of low end addicts- heres a perfect example
If all of you are going to make comments regarding an article you have read, could you at least learn to spell and use proper English? It's hard to take any of you seriously when you're educational background is in question.
Don't question others educational background when you can't even distinguish between you and you're. You're means you are as in you're an idiot.
you have used "you're" when you should've used your.
Even Willy didn't get it right.
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Whoopi-strait as a arrow-I think it is time to drug test all TV personalities.
I don't always agree with some statements that Whoopi has said on the View. Some statements were way over the top for me. But on this, I want to go on record by telling Whoopi thank you for your honesty. Finding yourself in that state of addition is very difficult. Pulling yourself together is/was hard. Trying to get through to Mr. Sheen and people that are in the middle of addition, is the first step.
Is anyone surprised at this statement by Whoopi. It has been apparent that something is wrong with this idiot just by her actions while on the 'View". However I would think that everyone except maybe Elizabeth on the 'View' are high on something illegal.
Really Danny? So Sheri Shepard is high on something? Joy Behar? Barbara Walters? Come on! Whoopi is just an up-front person on the show and has not exhibited one iota of a clue she may be under the influence. I appreciate her honesty!
I worked and lived at a drug rehab facility for a year as a resident counselor. Whoopi is right that Charlie Sheen is not anywhere near rock bottom. Non-addicts idea of rock bottom is a lot prettier than those in active addiction. I'm glad Whoopi knows enough to remind her coworkers that their condemnation is not going to affect Mr. Sheen at all. It's HIS responsibility and he may very well die before he hits rock bottom. I pray for his and his family that the light will come on before its too late. AND I think the film crew should get severance or something or released from their responsibilities so they can find other work. Not sure of their obligations in this case.
For days on end he would lie upon the sofa in the sitting-room, hardly uttering a word or moving a muscle from morning to night. On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.
Yes but the manic violin playing was even worse!
right...... like Whoppi doesn't at LEAST still smoke pot.......
Whoopi is a high functioning addict. Really, Am I the only one who's seen her work. There is nothing high functioning about any of it, save 'Ghost'.
"...WAS a high functioning drug addict." Don't you even read the HEADLINE of the article you are commenting about? You sound so uneducated.
Don't forget about her role on Star Trek : TNG. (Come to think of it.. That where she was prolly on the stuff..)
@ shytbag, its not okay to be racist. You are probably scared of black folks because you think they are ruining your life somehow. They arent. You are. @ drug addict, same thing to you. you are your problem, not them. Take responsibility folks. As for the article, I think whoopis admission was brave and she's right about Charlie. He will change when he's ready and hopefully he will do it before he does to much damage.
Whoopi has come a long way from Karen – way to go girl. She pulled herself, on her own, out of the gutter. There's more than a few commenters here who seem to find the gutter a comfortable home. Hopefully Whoopi will come to San Diego and reprise her one person character show – remember, the one you did at the old Gas Lamp?
Hey people–here's a clue about how to use a comment board. When someone says something that you want to reply to, ht the "reply" button directly underneath their comment. That way when their comment is deleted because of objectionable content, yours will be too......then the rest of us don't have to read a column full of comments responding to a comment that is no longer there. Lord have mercy.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
It is apparrent that Ms. Goldberg is an intelligent and articulate human being. She expressed compassion and empathy toward a person who has challenges. It is easy for her to empathasize, having first hhand experience. Until you have walked in one's shoes, how can one pass judgement? Apparently she has a great deal to offer, and that is why she is in the position to do so, and is compensated financially for doing so. With regard to racism, it is an arrogance that typically stems from a person's own insecurities. Itis easy to try to denigrade someone based on race, but at the root of this is a larger demon than that which Ms. Goldber experienced.
NOW I know why she seemed sooooo strange when doing "Star Trek, The Next Generation"!!!!!!
Its a shame #20 above is still stuck in 1863. Your ignorance is noted.What a poor cry for attention.
Wow, I am completely astonished as the nasty, racist remarks from some of these people. I am white and I would NEVER refer to anyone in this manner. You may not like Whoopi but there is no need to talk this way. Grow up! If you have an opinion, share it, but do it in a civilized, educated manner. I feel for your kids!
her work in sister act is oscar worthy.
CNN - Where are you? Do you not monitor your comments? I am more disgusted with you right now, than the ignorant masses that are posting.
I doubt that Sheen will EVER make that decision.
Unfortunately, in many of these cases, Charlie's head may not get to that decision but his heart will have something to say about it.
which 'head' do you think Charlie is used to doing his thinking for him?
Majority of Americans are respectful people by nature. But then we have those few that have zero respect for humanity unless it is preaching racism and intolerance. I bet if only African-American doctor was the only one around to save his punk a** life, he wouldn't be spewing such venom.
Your'e right, very childish comments on here. CNN should screen the retards who post such comments..
Mojo, do you realize that 'idiot' is several levels lower than 'retarted' on the scale of intellectual capacity? So calling someone an idiot is pretty much the same as using 'retard' in a derogatory way, which you are criticizing another poster for doing. Also, 'sensitivity-challenged' is not a euphemism for 'idiot'. It could be a euphemism for Mojo17, however.
OMG, that was beautiful. I haven't gotten tickled by a troll like that in a long time.
CNN should not screen anything! Open forum should be just that, just because you don't like what someone has to say, does not mean they should be silenced
Maryann, you misspelled 'retarded.'
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Please take down comment 4. Thank You PEOPLE WITH ADDICTIONS ARE LIKE RUSH LIMBAUGH TOO HERION
why? because you disagree with it? there is nothing abusive in that post. people like you, who only want to hear like views are the problem. turn in your computer you nazi!
lots of jugement and hate ,sad that more people cant be enlighted about humans ! eye see you
Well it's obvious that Whoopi Goldberg even having been a drug addict is far more intelligent and articulate than than most posters here.
I will go purchase one of her books tomorrow.
It's pretty obvious Whoopi has been on drugs for years.
I did not know that high functioning meant laying in bed for days in your own filth and scared of the "Boogie Man". Perhaps she just thinks she was high functioning when maybe she was just high.
Clearly you did not understand what she said. The part you mention is her hitting rock bottom.
Why not? It's worked for Rush Limbaugh for years, and he's STILL scared of the boogey man!
Why are "Americans" SO racist? God bless you all.
Please tell me what your definition of "Racist" is? In all reality, Americans are the least racist. Troller.
You speak as if Brooklyn is a bastion of racial equality and neighborly love...have you EVER been there?
Actually, racism is the belief that there are inherent differences between people based on their race. So I think a lot more people are racist than realize or care to admit.
@Dan, you left a part out of your definition. It also includes a belief that a particular race is superior over another. You can't give half an explanation.
Gotta love the level of ignorance from the trailer trash racist above
did they delete the "racist" comment? or is it the usual 'anytime you criticize anyone of color, it's racist'?
why so critical against somebody that been through the ends and outs. at least she could be the one to comment on his disease because she been through it.
so you guys need to be quiet and full of poopi. mr.sheen I'm in your battle with you.
You are 100% correct... thank you...
Thank you Whoppi...
For the other people comments.. if you know how uneducated you sound. You might have book sense but not brain sense. . If you have not gone through this with a love one you will never understand when they will hit rockbottom it can take years.
Addiction is not a disease, its a consequence of a weak will.
Whoopi is giving her point of view that is up to Mr. Sheen and him only until he decides that help is needed. The last comment was extremely rude. Hatred and racism is taught, it's learned. Prime example above.
That's it. One can overcome almost anything. The exception being stupidity!
Wrong...hatred and racism are being cultivated by our government. We allow our government to embrace immigrants and give them access to welfare and english courses, that we pay for, we allow them to fight to remain in the country (although immigration officials have earmarked them to leave) by using lawyers paid by the people. We allow affirmative action to provide forced opportunities in a system that is built on being better than the guy next to you, or you fail. What does that say to the guy who built his business or opportunities only to have someone who is given the opportunity instead of earning it? Racism and hatred will always be alive because it is what people want.
Wow..cant believe cnn allows these childish comments.
Seriously its 2011...and the fact that anyone allows your type of comment suggests that ignorance is still tolerated! You should be embarrassed by your comment...however, the fact that you didn't use your real name shows that you KNOW how ignorant you sound. That is all.
go live in N korea then
your mother wears army boots
Yeah, I'm going to take my advice from a ex-drug addict about life.. Riiiiight!
Kim, put down the crack pipe.
what do you mean your surprised that cnn allows these types of comments? you do realize that we live in a place that affords us the rights to say what we want? censorship at any level should not be tolerated and if we as a society decide that we want the right to pick and choose which comments we will allow, our freedoms will be erroded.
I wonder what a "low" functioning drug addict is?
A low functiong addict is typically unemployed / stealnig to support his or her habit waking up in strange places etc. Their addiction is obvious. Many high functiong addicts go for years and years with no one being the wiser.
I agree with dogboy77 about low functioning addicts they are the one's quite close to rock bottom. Another fine example of high functioning addict would be Rush Limbaugh, and even though I do not care for him I would not wish what cantstandaddicts posted earlier, on hm or any addict of any functioning kind (low or high).
that would be your typical junkie. someone who is so given over to their addiction that they cannot hold a job. this person's primary responsibility is to keep getting high, but attaining the pecuniary measures to do so tends to be an afterthought.
you seriously don't know the difference between a high functioning addict and one that can't function at all? Why do you think there are so many homeless addicts, and other addicts that still work every day and pay the bills?
Those people are on Life Support.
Rush Limbaugh is a hypocrite. He abuses, but thinks abusers deserve jail, not help (except for himself)
Another low functioning addict: the ex-frontman of Alice in Chains. He was wealthy enough that pushers came to him and delivered drugs, like pizza. He died that way.
Of course, an excellent example of a high functioning addict is smokers. They can go about their daily routine – sucking down cigarettes until their lungs are two blackened lumps. Not sure why people don't count them.
oh and why do people act so shocked when a so -called star reveals a sin! as if in they are not human, the only difference is that they have more money to support the habit!
The people you see on Cops?
That sure explains why she is so crazy all the time.
George W. Bush
Lol specialbreed another example of a low functioning addict are ones who shelter their views and reality with belief in gods. There are no gods, get over yourself.
You know there are children being abused world wide, there are people starving to death world wide, there is racial and religious hate world wide......why, why, why do we as a "advanced" society spend 2 seconds let alone years focusing on the emotional, mental immature antics of the Charlie Sheen's and the Lindsay Lohans of this world? We need to get our priorities straight!
To user Specialbreed:
What if the individuals GOD is satan?
I guess that would mean that person should go around performing evil acts... I hate your ignorance!
You seem like one of those brainwashed types!
Low-functioning addicts lose their jobs.
High-functioning addicts keep their jobs... until they show up sober!
Hee, I'm evil!
I have never heard Rush talk about jailing drug users. I do find it interesting the criticism leveled against him when he got addicted due to a medical condition while others get addicted just because they are bored or for fun and get a pass!
High functioning is exactly as it sounds. The drugs don't prevent the person from "functioning" or taking care of their day-to-day responsibilities. They can still get up to go to work everyday, they remember to pay their bills, they know how to appear lucid and "with it." Low functioning addicts are the ones we think of as "strung out." Sleep a lot and.or have violent, manic spells, often bouncing from job to job, etc. A lot of it has to do with the type of tolerance the person's system either has, or doesn't have, to the chemicals in the drug.
Low-functioning drug addicts give drugs a bad name. These people can get addicted to anything and throw their lives away on it... drugs just get blamed for it. Sort of a scapegoat for losers... who otherwise would be sober losers.
To Eagle35: so now we are qualifying addictions as if the reason for addiction has a bearing on the addiction itself? Rush Limbaugh is not only an addict but he should have known better. There are people who become addicts due to medical conditions and have no support network nor the financial means to pull themselves out of their habit. I'm sure that Rush L. had the support network and financial means to drop his habit. The sorry news is that his support network and financial means probably contributed to his habit.
Whoopi Goldberg is simply considering a justly prescribed drug, an addictive drug and worthy of gathering her more attention. What's that? Your agent says you're capable of making everyone around you a few more years of living simply by claiming that your "weak-minded persona" is addicted to a substance? Absolutely ludicrous, this is simply a hatched idea to keep her and her counterparts a little more successful in the long run before she's too old to be taken seriously.
I don't think anyone who makes the conscious choice to use their bed as both a bed AND a toilet can truly call themselves "Highly functioning." I don't think that's what the term "restroom" indicates.
I, too, was high functioning addict. In '95 I entered treatment and sine that time, I've had to relapses which I quickly got back on track by attending meetings frequently and talking to my sponsors.
Too, I have manic-depression which only makes things work, so I never forget to take my meds as it it when I forget or intentionally not take them I get manic and that is when I have a tendency to use again. So, so good.
Lee S., Mobrule, Ovey, diane, WSJ, All of you are completely wrong and show your ignorance in the addiction process. You really need to be educated if you have the ability to do so.
Chris, you are so wrong.
Not all of us are trailer park trash. I was a health professional and didn't live in a trailer park.
It appears by the negative responses that none of you even wish to consider the disease process, so I guess I'm wasting my time with you. I surround myself with positive people, not negative ones like you.
Dogboy, you are just hopeless. I wonder if you posted your ignorance just to stir up people. I'll not let you live rent free in my head.
Who cares... ? There are more important thing than what Golberg says or does .... get a life for God sake
cigarette smokers are NOT 'high-functioning addicts...'addicted' to nicotine, yes, but there's a huge difference from being sloppy falling down with slurred speech drunk from alcohol and blown out of your mind sky high from illegal drug usage and pills...cigarettes hardly effects a persons ability to 'function' or else it would be illegal to smoke and drive and employers wouldn't allow smoke breaks...i can't believe you made me comment on that idiotic comment!
Here's a good example of a "low-functioning drug addict" :