How A Successful Attorney And A Super Mom Kept Addiction A Secret For Years | Megyn Kelly TODAY

How A Successful Attorney And A Super Mom Kept Addiction A Secret For Years | Megyn Kelly TODAY


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>>>THE WOMEN YOURE ABOUT TO>>>THE WOMEN YOURE ABOUT TO MEET HAD EVERYTHING GOING FOR
THEM.HAD EVERYTHING GOING FOR THEM. GREAT JOBS, GREAT FAMILIES. GREAT JOBS, GREAT FAMILIES. BUT THEY WERE EACH HIDING
SOMETHING, THAT CAME CLOSE TO SOMETHING, THAT CAME CLOSE TO
DESTROYING THEIR LIVES. DESTROYING THEIR LIVES.
IN DAY TWO OF OUR SPECIAL IN DAY TWO OF OUR SPECIAL
SERIES, “SECRETS, TELLING MY SERIES, “SECRETS, TELLING MY
TRUTH,” WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THEIR TRUTH,” WE TAKE YOU INSIDE THEIR
HIDDEN WORLDS. HIDDEN WORLDS. LISA SMITH SEEMED TO HAVE IT
ALL. SMITH SEEMED TO HAVE IT ALL. AFTER GRADUATING FROM LAW
SCHOOL, SHE LANDED A JOB AS A SCHOOL, SHE LANDED A JOB AS A
POWERFUL ATTORNEY, IN THE CITY POWERFUL ATTORNEY, IN THE CITY
OF DREAMS, NEW YORK. OF DREAMS, NEW YORK.>>IT WAS, YOU KNOW, LIFE IN THE
BIG-TIME., YOU KNOW, LIFE IN THE BIG-TIME. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I LIVED IN
MANHATTAN. FIRST TIME I LIVED IN MANHATTAN.
>>Reporter: JEN SIMON WAS THE>>Reporter: JEN SIMON WAS THE
SUPERMOM, CAPABLE OF HANDLING SUPERMOM, CAPABLE OF HANDLING
CHILD CARE AND DROP-OFFS WITH CHILD CARE AND DROP-OFFS WITH
THE GREATEST OF EASE. THE GREATEST OF EASE.
BUT LISA AND JEN WERE HARBORING BUT LISA AND JEN WERE HARBORING
SECRETS. SECRETS. FOR LISA, IT STARTED WHEN SHE FOR LISA, IT STARTED WHEN SHE BECAME OVERWHELMED BY WORK.
SHE WAS LOOKING TO TAKE THE EDGE SHE WAS LOOKING TO TAKE THE EDGE
OFF. OFF.>>GOT COMPLETELY UNPREPARED.>>GOT COMPLETELY UNPREPARED. PROGRESSED FROM TWO GLASSES OF
WINE A NIGHT, TO GETTING CLOSER WINE A NIGHT, TO GETTING CLOSER
TO A BOTTLE. TO A BOTTLE.
TO STARTING TO WAKE UP AND SAY, TO STARTING TO WAKE UP AND SAY, DID I OPEN A SECOND BOTTLE LAST
NIGHT?OPEN A SECOND BOTTLE LAST NIGHT? AND LOOKING AND FINDING THAT I AND LOOKING AND FINDING THAT I HAD. HAD.>>Reporter: JENS SECRET LIFE>>Reporter: JENS SECRET LIFE BEGAN BETWEEN PLAY DATES.
PILLS, SHE SAID, HELPED HER TO PILLS, SHE SAID, HELPED HER TO
GET THROUGH THE DAY. GET THROUGH THE DAY.
>>I STARTED USING PILLS SIX>>I STARTED USING PILLS SIX
MONTHS AFTER MY SONS BIRTH. MONTHS AFTER MY SONS BIRTH.
I HAD PAIN PROBLEMS. I HAD PAIN PROBLEMS. AND I WENT TO MY DOCTOR AND HE
PRESCRIBED PERCOCETS.OR AND HE PRESCRIBED PERCOCETS.
THE PERCOCET WOULD MAKE ME FEEL THE PERCOCET WOULD MAKE ME FEEL
LESS ANXIOUS AND LESS DEPRESS. LESS ANXIOUS AND LESS DEPRESS.
I STARTED TAKING IT EVERY DAY. I STARTED TAKING IT EVERY DAY.
>>Reporter: SOON, THE NEED FOR>>Reporter: SOON, THE NEED FOR
JUST ONE DRINK, JUST ONE PILL, JUST ONE DRINK, JUST ONE PILL,
SPUN OUT OF CONTROL. SPUN OUT OF CONTROL.
>>AT MY PEAK, I WAS DRINKING AT>>AT MY PEAK, I WAS DRINKING AT
LEAST TWO BOTTLES OF WINE A DAY. LEAST TWO BOTTLES OF WINE A DAY.
I HAD TO BUY FROM MY DEALER I HAD TO BUY FROM MY DEALER
PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR GRAMS A PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR GRAMS A
WEEK, FIVE GRAMS A WEEK OF WEEK, FIVE GRAMS A WEEK OF
COCAINE. COCAINE.>>NO ONE KNEW I WAS ADDICTED TO>>NO ONE KNEW I WAS ADDICTED TO PILLS BECAUSE I COULD FUNCTION PILLS BECAUSE I COULD FUNCTION WHEN I TOOK THEM. WHEN I TOOK THEM. I WOULD TAKE UP TO A DOZEN
PAINKILLERS. UP TO A DOZEN PAINKILLERS. AND HALF A DOZEN ANXIETY DRUGS
EVERY DAY. DOZEN ANXIETY DRUGS EVERY DAY.
>>Reporter: TODAY, JEN AND LISA>>Reporter: TODAY, JEN AND LISA
SAY THEYRE CLEAN. SAY THEYRE CLEAN.
JEN WENT THROUGH REHAB, AND NOW, JEN WENT THROUGH REHAB, AND NOW,
MANAGES HER STRESS WITH THE HELP MANAGES HER STRESS WITH THE HELP
OF A PSYCHOLOGIST. OF A PSYCHOLOGIST.
LISA WENT THROUGH REHAB, TOO. LISA WENT THROUGH REHAB, TOO.
TODAY, SHES SOBER, MARRIED AND TODAY, SHES SOBER, MARRIED AND
IN ADDITION TO BEING A LAWYER, IN ADDITION TO BEING A LAWYER,
PURSUING A NEW LOVE, WRITING. PURSUING A NEW LOVE, WRITING.
THEY SAY COMING CLEAN ABOUT THEY SAY COMING CLEAN ABOUT
THEIR SECRETS, ALLOWED THEM TO THEIR SECRETS, ALLOWED THEM TO
HEAL AND SET THEM FREE. HEAL AND SET THEM FREE.
>>ITS BETTER WHEN YOU CAN LIVE>>ITS BETTER WHEN YOU CAN LIVE
WITHOUT THE SECRET. WITHOUT THE SECRET.
WITHOUT THAT WEIGHT AROUND YOUR WITHOUT THAT WEIGHT AROUND YOUR
NECK. NECK.
>>WELL, LISA HAS WRITTEN ABOUT>>WELL, LISA HAS WRITTEN ABOUT
HER STRUGGLE IN HER NEW BOOK, HER STRUGGLE IN HER NEW BOOK,
GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR. GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR.
AND LISA SMITH AND JEN SIMON ARE AND LISA SMITH AND JEN SIMON ARE
HERE WITH US NOW. HERE WITH US NOW.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. HERE. SCARY TO TALK ABOUT THAT, IM SCARY TO TALK ABOUT THAT, IM SURE, OR WRITE ABOUT IT IN A
BOOK. OR WRITE ABOUT IT IN A BOOK. HOW IS IT THAT A LAWYER, A
HIGH-FUNCTIONING LAWYER, CAN BE HIGH-FUNCTIONING LAWYER, CAN BE
DRINKING TWO BOTTLES OF WINE A DRINKING TWO BOTTLES OF WINE A
DAY AND SCORING DRUGS FROM A DAY AND SCORING DRUGS FROM A
DEALER? DEALER?>>YEAH.
IT IS A PROGRESSIVE THING. IT IS A PROGRESSIVE THING.
SO, IT WAS REALLY A TEN-YEAR SO, IT WAS REALLY A TEN-YEAR
SPIRAL. SPIRAL. AND BY THE END OF THAT SPIRAL, I
REALLY — I COULDNT GET OUT OF I REALLY — I COULDNT GET OUT OF
BED WITHOUT HAVING A DRINK. BED WITHOUT HAVING A DRINK.
SO, WHEN I HAD A DRINK AND SO, WHEN I HAD A DRINK AND
BACKED IT UP WITH SOME COCAINE BACKED IT UP WITH SOME COCAINE
TO STRAIGHTEN THE AEFFECTS OF TH TO STRAIGHTEN THE AEFFECTS OF TH
ALCOHOL OUT. ALCOHOL OUT.
>>THAT GOT YOU TO NORMAL.>>THAT GOT YOU TO NORMAL.
>>YES.>>YES.
>>HOW DO YOU FIND A DRUG DEALER>>HOW DO YOU FIND A DRUG DEALER
WHEN YOURE A LAWYER? WHEN YOURE A LAWYER?
YOURE NOT HANGING OUT IN THE YOURE NOT HANGING OUT IN THE
BACK ALLEYS, I ASSUME. BACK ALLEYS, I ASSUME.
>>NO.>>NO.
THEYRE ALL OVER THE PLACE. THEYRE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
BARS, MOSTLY. BARS, MOSTLY.
>>AND NO ONE KNEW.>>AND NO ONE KNEW.
YOU WOULD GO TO THE OFFICE. YOU WOULD GO TO THE OFFICE.
AND NO ONE COULD TELL YOU WERE AND NO ONE COULD TELL YOU WERE
DRINKING OR USING COCAINE? DRINKING OR USING COCAINE?
>>NO.>>NO. THE LAST 18 MONTHS, DRINKING AND THE LAST 18 MONTHS, DRINKING AND COCAINE TOGETHER. COCAINE TOGETHER. IM CIRCLING THE DRAIN BY THE IM CIRCLING THE DRAIN BY THE END. END. AND IT HAD TO END. AND IT HAD TO END.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WAS THAT
MADE YOU START ABUSING THESETHAT MADE YOU START ABUSING THESE
SUBSTANCES? SUBSTANCES?>>I HAVE IT IN MY FAMILY.
THERES A GENETIC COMPONENT TO THERES A GENETIC COMPONENT TO
THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION.
AND I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A AND I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A
HEALTH ISSUE OF DEPRESSION. HEALTH ISSUE OF DEPRESSION.
I THINK WE HAVE IT ALL TO BE I THINK WE HAVE IT ALL TO BE
PERFECT. PERFECT. AND ITS JUST TOO MUCH.
>>AS SHE GRADUATED TOP OF HER>>AS SHE GRADUATED TOP OF HER
CLASS, NORTHWESTERN, ON A LAW CLASS, NORTHWESTERN, ON A LAW
REVIEW. REVIEW. YOU CHECK OFF THE BOXES AND FEEL
LIKE, WINNING, AND THEN,AND FEEL LIKE, WINNING, AND THEN,
SPINNING, SPINNING. SPINNING, SPINNING.
JEN, YOURE — YOU STARTED WITH JEN, YOURE — YOU STARTED WITH
PERCOCET. PERCOCET. RIGHT? RIGHT?>>YES.
>>AND YOU TOLD OUR STORY TO OUR>>AND YOU TOLD OUR STORY TO OUR
PRODUCERS ABOUT STEALING DRUGS PRODUCERS ABOUT STEALING DRUGS
FROM YOUR FRIENDS? FROM YOUR FRIENDS?
>>I DID.>>I DID.
I VISITED MULTIPLE DOCTORS. I VISITED MULTIPLE DOCTORS.
I WAS DOCTOR-SHOPPING. I WAS DOCTOR-SHOPPING.
AND THAT WASNT ENOUGH. AND THAT WASNT ENOUGH.
I ASKED MY FRIENDS FOR THEIR I ASKED MY FRIENDS FOR THEIR
DRUGS, THEIR PILLS. DRUGS, THEIR PILLS.
ANY SORT OF XANAX, OPIOID, LIKE ANY SORT OF XANAX, OPIOID, LIKE
PERCOCET, I ASKED FOR. PERCOCET, I ASKED FOR.
AND I TOOK THEM OUT OF THEIR AND I TOOK THEM OUT OF THEIR
MEDICINE CABINETS AND NIGHT MEDICINE CABINETS AND NIGHT
STANDS WHEN I DIDNT FEEL LIKE I STANDS WHEN I DIDNT FEEL LIKE I
COULD ASK THEM. COULD ASK THEM.
>>DID ANYONE EVER CATCH YOU?>>DID ANYONE EVER CATCH YOU?
>>NO.>>NO. A FRIEND SAW ME ONCE SHUTTING A
DRAWER.D SAW ME ONCE SHUTTING A DRAWER. I MADE A LIE ABOUT HOW A DRAWER I MADE A LIE ABOUT HOW A DRAWER WAS OUT AND I NEEDED TO PUT A
WIRE AWAY.D I NEEDED TO PUT A WIRE AWAY.
NO ONE SUSPECTED. NO ONE SUSPECTED.
I WAS TAKING CARE OF MY KIDS, I WAS TAKING CARE OF MY KIDS,
MAKING DINNER. MAKING DINNER.
I AM A WRITER. I AM A WRITER.
I WAS WRITING FIVE OR SIXES I WAS WRITING FIVE OR SIXES
ARTICLES A MONTH. ARTICLES A MONTH.>>WERE YOU AFRAID?>>WERE YOU AFRAID? WERE YOU AFRAID OF BEING CAUGHT? WERE YOU AFRAID OF BEING CAUGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY. I WAS ASHAMED. I WAS ASHAMED. AND I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE.
AS A MOTHER, I WASNT THEE. AS A MOTHER, I WASNT THE
PICTURE YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU PICTURE YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU
THINK OF A JUNKIE, WHEN YOU THINK OF A JUNKIE, WHEN YOU
THINK OF AN ADDICT. THINK OF AN ADDICT.
AND I REALLY — I COULDNT AND I REALLY — I COULDNT
IMAGINE LIVING WITHOUT MY PILLS. IMAGINE LIVING WITHOUT MY PILLS.
SO, I DIDNT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW SO, I DIDNT WANT ANYONE TO KNOW
AND TO MAKE ME GIVE THEM UP. AND TO MAKE ME GIVE THEM UP.
>>YOU FINALLY TOLD YOUR>>YOU FINALLY TOLD YOUR
HUSBAND. HUSBAND. THAT WAS THE FIRST STEP FOR YOU?
>>I DID.THE FIRST STEP FOR YOU?>>I DID. THAT WAS MY FIRST STEP.
THAT WAS THE SCARIEST BUT THAT WAS THE SCARIEST BUT
GREATEST THING IVE EVER DONE. GREATEST THING IVE EVER DONE.
HE WAS INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE. HE WAS INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE.
HE HELPED ME GET HELP. HE HELPED ME GET HELP.
HE HAS BEEN SO BEAUTIFUL. HE HAS BEEN SO BEAUTIFUL.
THROUGH EVERY STEP. THROUGH EVERY STEP.
>>WHAT IS IT LIKE STEPPING OUT?>>WHAT IS IT LIKE STEPPING OUT?
REVEALING YOUR SECRET AND REVEALING YOUR SECRET AND
REVEALING IT IN A BOOK. REVEALING IT IN A BOOK.
WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE? WHAT DOES THAT FEEL LIKE?
>>ITS INCREDIBLY SCARY BUT AT>>ITS INCREDIBLY SCARY BUT AT
THE SAME TIME, VERY REWARDING. THE SAME TIME, VERY REWARDING.
MY WORLD HAS OPENED UP. MY WORLD HAS OPENED UP.
HUNDREDS OF WOMEN WRITE TO ME. HUNDREDS OF WOMEN WRITE TO ME.
I WROTE AN ARTICLE IN “THE I WROTE AN ARTICLE IN “THE
WASHINGTON POST” LAST YEAR. WASHINGTON POST” LAST YEAR.
AND SINCE THEN, PEOPLE CONTACT AND SINCE THEN, PEOPLE CONTACT
ME VIA TWITTER, VIA INSTAGRAM, ME VIA TWITTER, VIA INSTAGRAM,
TO TELL ME THEY ARE GOING TO TELL ME THEY ARE GOING
THROUGH THE EXACT SAME THING. THROUGH THE EXACT SAME THING.
WHEN I TELL MY STORY, I TELL WHEN I TELL MY STORY, I TELL
THEIR STORY. THEIR STORY.
ARE ARE
>>ARE YOU STILL PRACTICING LAW?>>ARE YOU STILL PRACTICING LAW?
>>IM AT A LAW FIRM.>>IM AT A LAW FIRM.
IM ADMINISTRATION. IM ADMINISTRATION.
>>THERES A LOT OF HAPPY>>THERES A LOT OF HAPPY
LAWYERS. LAWYERS. I DONT KNOW THEM PERSONALLY.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.LY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
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13 comments

  1. Now I understand why I see these crazy mom's acting so erratic around here, this is why u shouldn't drink alcohol because it starts out as "one drink" Don't touch don't go near it, it's evil, this is one example out of many. Alcohol is not innocent it's evil, if it messes with your decisions then maybe this is proof that alcohol is evil. I still don't know why people drink if it's going to slow u down and cause u to make bad decisions.

  2. Brave ladies!
    Y'all are awesome for being outspoken about something so many see as a taboo subject.
    Jen is stinkin beautiful. You go, girl!

  3. Hummm interesting. The way they are showing this in the media. Bc the face of addition has changed. They certainly werent having these light hearted, oh its ok, oh you're so brave interviews during the crack era….hummmm😔

  4. https://www.amazon.com/Wine-Suicide-near-death-divorce-ebook/dp/B00ZVFZAFO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

  5. I went through a short Xanax addiction while I was in court for custody of my baby. I won sole custody but was terrified I’d lose her to her dads family riddled with molesters so I self medicated. I realized that I was acting no better than them and quit cold turkey & won:

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