She was best remembered as that sweet and pretty teenager who looked like she could do no wrong. Her on-screen persona belied the struggles that she suffered when the cameras stopped rolling.
Many teenagers in the 70s either looked up to Marcia Brady â€“ or fantasized about her. Now 53 years old, Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia in The Brady Bunch, shares her life with others in the hopes that her personal experience can be of help to others.
At a Changing Lives Luncheon in Palm Beach Gardens, McCormick talks about the changes that happened in her own life. The luncheon was attended by about two hundred people and was for the benefit of the Drug Abuse Treatment Association (DATA), an organization that has programs for children and teenagers who are suffering from substance abuse or have delinquency issues.
Despite the fact that Hollywood has been linked as the culprit to many celebrity addiction stories, McCormick reveals that whatever it was that she went through was not because of Hollywood, as shared in a feature on the Palm Beach Daily News.
McCormick was 18 when a boyfriend introduced her to cocaine â€“ and she got hooked. Her addiction lasted from five to six years. She shares: â€œIt took up every thought of my day, thatâ€™s how addictive a personality I haveâ€¦ I couldnâ€™t really think about anything else, other than getting my next toot. It was very scary.â€
She credits going back to Church and finding God for changing her life. She has been sober for 29 years. McCormick shared her story by releasing a tell-all book, Hereâ€™s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding my True Voice.