‘SNL’ Veteran Opens Up About Addiction to Alcohol, Crack Cocaine

Oct 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A longtime cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has opened up about about a lengthy battle with addiction to drugs and alcohol, US Weekly reports. The revelations appear in Darrell Hammond’s upcoming memoir, “God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m F-cked.”

Hammond, who was on “SNL” from 1995-2009, writes of his time on the show: "I kept a pint of Remy in my desk at work. The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images that sprang into my head. … When drinking didn’t work, I cut myself."

The book is excerpted in the New York Post’s Page Six, the story notes.

The US story reports: “During one 1998 bender, Hammond was taken from the NBC infirmary to New York Hospital in a straitjacket. ‘My wife came but I didn’t recognize her,’ he writes of his drug-riddled past.”

Later, Hammond writes, he "started adding an obscene amount of cocaine to my binges. I had to be creative about how I did it without other people catching on or letting it interfere with the work. At least too much."

After a failed attempt at rehab, Hammond began using crack, the story reports. He even spent time in a Harlem crack house, according to the piece. Hammond eventually succeeded in sobering up.

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