LOS ANGELES- Jada Pinkett Smith realised her mother had a “drug problem” when she was late to pick her up from school as a child.

On her talk show on Facebook, Red Talk, the 46 year old actor said her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones struggled with a heroin addiction for 20 years before overcoming her addiction and getting sober 27 years ago.

Pinkett Smith also revealed she discovered her mother’s addiction when she was a teenager, after she started to notice differences in her behaviour.

She said: “I think I didn’t find out my mother was addicted to heroin until I was in my teens. I could tell when my mother was high. She couldn’t make it on time to pick me up from school. Or she’s nodding off, falling asleep in the middle of something. You just realise, oh, that’s not being tired, that is like, a drug problem. Alcoholism and drug addiction run through my family, and I’ve had my own addictions that I’ve had to get over. It just made me realise that really great people just get caught up.”

Banfield-Jones said she still finds it difficult to talk about her addiction and found the whole ideal “devastating” for her family.

She told her daughter, “It’s difficult to talk about something that is gonna go out to the world. I couldn’t hide the unmanageability of my life, and the emotional damage and the spiritual damage I did to myself and to her. That was devastating. I abused drugs for over 20 years.”

Bandfield- Jones also admitted she become clean after she found a new man in her life but she learnt to be sober for her own well being later on.

She said, “At that time, I didn’t think I was anything without a man. So I had this man come back into my life. It’s sad to say that I did it for a man. I had to come to the understanding that there was a power. That God had been looking out for us, you and me both, through all of that. And I just had to let go and surrender so I could receive what he was trying to give to me, through other people.”

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