Lisa Marie Presley Admits She’s ‘Grateful To Be Alive’ Following Opioid Addiction

Lisa Marie Presley is getting real about her past addictions.

In the foreword for Harry Nelson’s book The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain, the daughter of the late Elvis Presley, opened up about her addiction to painkillers and opioids.

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According to the excerpt, Presley confesses she is “grateful to be alive today.”

“I was recovering after the [2008] birth of my daughters, Vivienne and Finley, when a doctor prescribed me opioids for pain,” she continued. “It only took a short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for me to feel the need to keep taking them.”

And she found her recovery difficult to handle, “Even in recent years, I have seen too many people I loved struggle with addiction and die tragically from this epidemic. It is time for us to say goodbye to shame about addiction. We have to stop blaming and judging ourselves and the people around us… that starts with sharing our stories.”

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Now, she credits her children, Riley Keough, 30, Benjamin Keough, 26, and 10-year-old twins Vivienne and Finley, for being sober: “As I write this, I think of my four children, who gave me the purpose to heal.”

She added, “[I’m] grateful to be alive today… and to have four beautiful children who have given me a sense of purpose that has carried me through dark times.”

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