Josh Peck reveals past addiction to drugs and alcohol ‘buffet’

Outwardly, Josh Peck was a new man when he lost 127 pounds. But inside, he was looking for his next vice.

The 35-year-old actor revealed in a new interview his former addiction to drugs and alcohol, which began after he changed his approach to diet and exercise as a teenager.

“It became clear that once I lost weight, I was the same head in a new body,” Peck told People on Wednesday. “What’s really clear is that I’m overreacting. And then I discovered drugs and alcohol. And that became my next chapter. I used food and drugs to numb my feelings.

The former Nickelodeon star, who peaked at nearly 300 pounds, said he started drinking and using drugs, including cocaine, to mask his pain and insecurities from a childhood marked by constant body shame.

Josh Peck and Drake Bell at the Kids Choice Awards in 2002.Peck and Drake Bell began working together on “The Amanda Show” before launching their own series, “Drake & Josh.”KMazur

“It was really a buffet,” he recalls. “I had this illusion of becoming more confident and attractive when I participated. I was trying to calm this voice that woke me up every morning and told me I wasn’t enough.

After a while, however, Peck realized he had earned a reputation for being “unsteady and erratic” in Hollywood.

Josh Peck on a red carpet in 2007.“I had this illusion of becoming more confident and attractive when I participated,” Peck said.Alberto E. Rodriguez

“I had worked so hard for this thing, and I was about to lose it,” he said of his fame, adding that the fear of derailing his own career helped him to make the decision to join a treatment program.

He has been sober since 2008.

Josh Peck on a red carpet in 2021.Peck is husband to editor Paige O’Brien and father to 3-year-old Max.Matt Winkelmeyer

“By going through the discomfort and doing my best to break through the false identity I had for myself, I was able to arrive at the place I was always looking for,” explained Peck, who has a son of 3-year-old Max with his wife Paige O’Brien.

“I just try to do good work that makes people happy.”

Josh Peck in 2003.“It took me a long time to like my 15-year-old version,” Peck said.J.Vespa

The ‘Happy People Are Annoying’ author added that while ‘it took me a long time to love the 15-year-old version’ of himself, he now realizes that was the path he was on. supposed to be.

“I understand how strong he was,” he told the magazine of his younger self. “And I feel like everything in my life has prepared me to find that chapter of health and peace and contentment.”

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