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Wendy Williams: Drug problem 'threatened me'

  • 'One day, I decided I wanted better for myself,' daytime talk show host says
  • 'I definitely didn't want my career to be torpedoed by abuse,' she adds

On Monday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew welcomed daytime talk show host Wendy Williams to the program.

But when the topic of Whitney Houston’s passing was brought up, the conversation took an emotional turn. Both Williams and Houston were plagued with the demon of substance abuse.

“It’s been almost 15 years since I last smoked from a crack pipe,” Williams said on her show in February. “It’s been almost 15 years since I waited on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx for my drugs. I’m not proud of the girl that I was, but without being that girl, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.”

Williams told Dr. Drew, “One day, I decided I wanted better for myself.  I eventually wanted to get married and eventually wanted to have children, and I definitely didn't want my career to be torpedoed by abuse.”

The daytime talk diva says she is thankful that her substance abuse problem never really took off.  “It just threatened me,” she says. Dr. Drew agreed, saying, "You weren't what we call a full-blown addict. You had bad substance abuse, but not addiction, per se, thank God.”

Watch the full clip in the video player above.

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