Actress Mackenzie Phillips says she tried cocaine for the first time at age 11. Mackenzie also says her father, John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas, enabled her burgeoning addiction, even injecting her with drugs.
In her tell-all memoir, High on Arrival, Mackenzie reveals that she and her father entered into an incestuous relationship that lasted for a decade. Her drug abuse, however, would continue long after the sexual relationship ended, and Mackenzie was arrested for trying to smuggle heroin and cocaine through airport security in 2008.
Today, Mackenzie is sober and working as a rehab counselor at the Pasadena Recovery Center. Here, she reveals why she never would have been able to stay sober had she held on to her family’s dark secret.
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