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Jane Lynch Confesses She Was Once Addicted To Cough Syrup (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 08/23/11 01:10 PM ET Updated: 10/24/11 06:12 AM ET

In her upcoming memoir "Happy Accidents," actress Jane Lynch comes clean about her battle with addiction.

The 51-year-old Emmy winner, who recently hosted the "Do Something Awards," writes about how she became addicted to cough syrup after she gave up drinking in 1991.

In an excerpt from her memoir obtained by the New York Post, Lynch writes:

I found myself eating about a gallon of chocolate ice cream daily to replace the copious amounts of sugar my body was used to from my daily beer intake. I did, however, continue my habit of taking NyQuil before bed. Though no longer drinking Miller Lite, I was still in need of something to soothe me. The fact that NyQuil had alcohol in it was not something I acknowledged at all. I still considered myself on the wagon.

Lynch writes that her addiction grew when she moved to New York, and lived in misery for a nearly a year in while in a theater production of "The Real Live Brady Bunch."

The "Glee" star says she found her way to AA after a night of getting high with her "Brady Bunch" castmates, explaining "I smoked myself into oblivion that night,” she writes. “I still felt like crap and even lonelier than I had felt before.”

Lynch's memoir set to be released on September 13.

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