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Belinda Carlisle of the Go Gos Kicks 30-year Cocaine Habit Without Rehab

June 2, 2010 staff

For many people battling addiction, rehab is the best path to recovery. But for 51-year-old Belinda Carlisle, lead singer of the 80s rock band "The Go-Gos," the soul searching came after a three-day cocaine binge in a London hotel room. "I remember thinking how humiliating it would be for my son to have his mom die in a hotel room of a cocaine overdose," she told celebrity news site this week. "That's pretty low. I knew if I didn't stop I'd be dead." Carlisle chronicled her struggles with drug addiction and weight problems in her new book, "Lips Unsealed." In it, she says her fate has always felt preordained. (Click here to read an excerpt from the book.) When she was 18, she worked a crummy job photocopying papers for a tyrannical boss, but Carlisle writes that she never allowed his haranguing to dampen her spirits, because, deep down, she knew she was going to be a rock star -- even though the Go-Gos wouldn't blow up for another five years. "I had always been like that: someone who dreamed big and believed those dreams could come true if I kept at them," she writes. The Go-Gos made history by becoming the first all-female band to write and perform their own songs, playing the instruments themselves. Their most recognizable hit is the song "We Got the Beat," from the band's debut album in 1981. As for her addiction, Carlisle said she will try rehab if her current effort to quit doesn't succeed. In the book, Carlisle said when she looked in the mirror during that three-day binge, she someone who wasn't "there." "The lights were out. I was gone. It scared me -- yet I didn't stop until I had an extraordinarily frightening out-of-body experience where I saw myself overdosing and being found dead in the hotel room."

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