Chaske Spencer Speaks Candidly About Overcoming Addiction

Chaske Spencer has been open about being a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict. He spoke to an audience of 900 regarding his struggles.

Michigan Live has the report:

“Let me tell you something about heroin,” Spencer told about 900 people Wednesday in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium. “It is the drug that kills. It will suck your soul, your life, it is no joke. I put myself in situations that I should have never been in.”

These encounters were before “Twilight’s” Sam Uley, leader of the Wolf Pack, was even heard of.

“I still didn’t think I really had a problem until one day I noticed that I couldn’t live without anything in my system,” Spencer said.”

There is also coverage via the newspaper of the University of Illinois:

“Born in Oklahoma, he didn’t move to a Native American reservation until later on in his childhood, where he didn’t make an immediate fit, he said.

“They teased me for being an apple. White on the inside, red on the outside, and I didn’t understand that,” Spencer said.

With a father for an alcoholic, he fell into a crowd of other youths from dysfunctional homes, he said.

“I’m talking dysfunction: There was mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse. I thought that was normal for a long time, and it is on a reservation,” Spencer said”

Since getting his life together Chaske has been a vocal supporter of United Global Shift, and has used his Twilight celebrity to bring awareness to causes. He will be at a book launch in New York next week.


  1. I met Chaske last year at a fan event. I was already a fan, but after meeting him I’m an even bigger fan! He was very sweet and genuine. I think it’s great he’s coming forward and telling his story to help others. Kudos to you Chaske! 🙂

  2. i am glad that he is so open and honest about his atruggles. hopefully he can help other people avoid the trap. as the daughter and sister of alcoholics, i can say that addiction is hard not only on the addict but on the people who have to watch it

  3. It takes a lot of guts to talk about the skeletons in your closet. Kudos to him for being willing to share his story. Hopefully because of him, someone will think twice before starting down such a destructive path.

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