“I locked myself in my house and used drugs for three days”: TOWIE star James Argent reveals he’s a cocaine addict and has had two nearly fatal overdoses
TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent has admitted to being a cocaine addict and has been using the drug intensively for seven years.
To talk with The sun, the reality TV star, 32, admitted he had two nearly fatal overdoses at his home last year, and his girlfriend Gemma Collins called emergency services after his family feared he was dead.
Arg says he’s now recovering from a 10-week boot camp in Thailand after calling his best friend and former TOWIE co-star Mark Wright for help as he bottomed out over Christmas 2019.
Admission: TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent has admitted to being a cocaine addict and has been using the drug intensively for seven years
Speaking of his first overdose in October that caused paranoia and psychosis, Arg said, “I locked myself in my house and took drugs alone in pitch darkness for three days.”
He added that he regularly spent £ 500 a week on his cocaine habit, saying of his first overdose, “I was on the bottom. My heart beat out of my chest, my nose was bleeding, I was trembling and my breathing was terrible.
“My family banged on the door, screaming,” Open it, “but I didn’t open the door to anyone. They were afraid I had overdosed and was dead in the house. ‘
It was Gemma who called the emergency services and opened the door. After tests, it was agreed that Arg didn’t have to go to the hospital and stay with his parents, but just overdosed two months later on the night before his 32nd birthday, admitting ‘my addiction was so bad I couldn’t stop myself. ‘
The second time, he was hospitalized for fear of his heart, with Arg revealing that his concerned friends took his phone away while he was in hospital in case he called his dealers.
After being alone and using cocaine on Christmas Day 2019, he decided things needed to change and called his best friend and former TOWIE co-star Mark Wright for help.
Mark introduced his friend to the owners of a boot camp in Thailand, where Arg traveled there on New Year’s Eve, stayed for ten weeks, and lost five stone in weight.
He now regularly attends an outpatient setting near his home in Essex.
Determined: The TV star started his fitness journey by participating in the swim of the English channel in Sink Or Swim for Stand Up To Cancer in 2019 (photo)
Arg also explained during the interview that he first took drugs when he first became famous with Mark in TOWIE, but his loved ones only found out that he had a problem when he was reported missing in 2014 after not reporting turned up for a flight to Mallorca for a paid performance.
Arg recently spoke about his amazing weight loss when he shared a before and after photo on Instagram earlier this month.
The former TOWIE star is continuing his recovery after flying to Thailand earlier this year to go to rehab for his drug and drink addiction.
Arg posted a photo from a recent run alongside a photo of himself at the christening of his son Elliott Wright in April last year.
The reality star captioned the post: ‘I’m making progress, Inside & Outside One day at a time’.
Revelation: Arg recently spoke of his amazing weight loss when he shared a before and after photo on Instagram earlier this month.