Most people think of Maureen McCormick as the sweet Marcia Brady from the ’70’s sitcom The Brady Bunch, although she’s had a dark past suffering from addiction, and McCormick admitted in her memoir that Marcia presented the world a perfect front, while in her personal life, “I was anything but.”
McCormick has been sober for thirty-five years and has been active in raising awareness for recovery. She told the Fix, “I am so lucky to be here, alive, and I feel like my mind is still really good. I feel very very lucky that I came out of it. I struggled with drug addiction for gosh, six, seven years and it was awful. I’ve been sober now for 35 years, and my life has never been so good.”
McCormick added that when she was high, “I destroyed certain jobs, there were some where I was really high and it was really bad.” One job she lost was a role in Raiders of the Lost Ark when she showed up to her audition in bad shape after a bender.
McCormick’s struggle with addiction “cost me my career and very nearly my life,” but she credits her husband for helping her stay straight. “When we first got together, I was still dabbling, and he said, ‘You know, it’s either me or that, take it or I’m out of here.’And I realized that I didn’t want to lose one of the greatest things I had ever found.”
To others struggling from addiction, McCormick says, “If you’re an addictive personality, it’s a disease and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. So many people today are still just incredibly embarrassed about talking about it as if it’s a weakness. That’s what we’re all here for on this Earth, right? To help each other and to talk about our experiences because that’s how we all heal and get better.