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Jeremy Miller, Child Star of Growing Pains, Talks Alcoholism Battle

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Growing up as a celebrity is hard for any child star, and Growing Pains' Jeremy Miller was no exception, as he tells In Touch in a new interview about his struggles with alcoholism.

"I definitely had to grow up faster, being a child star," he tells the magazine. "You don't really have a choice."

Jeremy was eight when the ABC sitcom premiered in 1985 — portraying the youngest child of the affluent Long Island family and co-starring with Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, and Tracey Gold. The show lasted seven seasons and also helped launch the careers of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matthew Perry, and Hilary Swank.

But you may be surprised to learn that Jeremy doesn't blame his young fame for his addiction. "I'm not your classic child star gone bad. My problems didn't begin until well after the show, when I was dealing with family stuff and alcohol became a way to suppress painful emotions," he says.

The actor, now 37, has been sober for two years and is able to reflect on his worst points — saying that he'd drink a couple cans of malt liquor in the morning before moving onto the hard stuff in the afternoon and blacking out at night.

Then he had a moment of clarity: "I realized what I was doing to my boys. They were scared to be around me. That was the tipping point."

So glad Jeremy is doing better these days!

Source: In Touch Weekly

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

03.31.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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