In a Facebook post thanking fans for their birthday wishes, Jada Pinkett Smith writes about overcoming addiction.
“…when I was younger I was not a good problem solver, meaning I had a very difficult time with dealing with my problems in life. I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues,” Pinkett Smith says in the post.
She often reflects on the lessons she’s learned, via her Facebook page. The column-style posts are meant to inspire others to overcome life’s problem. She has spoken about her own addiction and growing up with parents, who also were abusive, in song too.
“Needles found in bedroom drawers and Momma’s knocked out on the floor,” Pinkett Smith sings in “My Story,” a song from her short-lived rock group Wicked Wisdom.
“‘I’m a drug addict and a criminal, I can’t be your father,'” Pinkett Smith recalls what her father told her when she was seven. He died of an overdose.
Now at 42, Pinkett Smith says she is better at solving problems.
“… I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles.”