The late Corey Haim candidly spoke about his downward spiral into drug abuse in a brutally frank 2004 interview, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The UK Sun interviewed the actor six years ago after The Thrills’ single, Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?, launched the actor back into public consciousness.
Haim said that he was already drinking beer in his early teens on the set of Lucas in 1985, and a year after that, he tried marijuana on the set of The Lost Boys, one of his biggest hits.
Doctors tried to prescribe the young actor medications to prevent his growing drug habit to no avail, Haim said.
“I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck,” Haim said. “But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day. The doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium — I’m not talking about the other pills I went through.
“I lived in LA in the 80s, which was not the best place to be,” Haim told the paper. “I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.”
Haim said he wound up entering rehab 15 times for his drug addiction, which was so powerful it led to him having a stroke that left him gaunt and debilitated.
“I was 200 pounds — I weigh about 140 normally — and I couldn’t feel the left side of my body,” he said. “I was numb and I had a lot of swollen lymph nodes, my heart was hurting and I had blood clots in my arm and leg.”
Haim told the paper in 2004 that he was “clean, sober, humble, happy,” and planning a Hollywood comeback, a feat he achieved to certain extent with his A&E reality show, The Two Coreys, in 2007.
Corey Haim was 38 when he died.