Months after she was axed from the Essence Festival in New Orleans for an expletive-laced critique of the Church and Bishop Marvin Winans, gospel star Le’Andria Johnson revealed that she has been struggling for a long time with a “drinking problem” that was only curbed after a recent 30-day stay in jail and current surveillance through an ankle-monitor.
“It took an ankle bracelet for me to stop drinking … December 7, that was the last time I had alcohol,” Johnson told an audience in a recording of her testimony at the new Met Philly church in Philadelphia which included residents and staff from the Women Walking in Victory Rehabilitation Center.
Johnson, who was dressed in long pants at the event, confessed to the audience that she was wearing the device used to monitor many first-time and nonviolent offenders as she discussed her struggle with alcohol.
“It consumed every part of me. I didn’t realize I was drinking Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I was drinking a lot,” she said.
“I woke up, by the time I got up it was around 11-something in the morning and by that time I was drinking. I didn’t realize. It consumed my day. I didn’t have time to talk to God. I didn’t have time to be there for my kids like I needed to. All I know is that I had to go out and make ends meet to come back home and provide for my family,” she said.
Johnson explained that she had suffered personal loss as she struggled with the bottle, including the death of her brother, and had been medicating herself with alcohol.
“My brother died. I lost a lot but I used alcohol to numb the pain but didn’t realize that alcohol was killing me slowly,” she said.
She explained that she ignored warnings from friends and loved ones around her about her addiction because she was in “denial.”
“I was in denial. You know how long it took me to first accept that I had a problem?” she told churchgoers while explaining how she prayed to God for help over something she was “doing to myself.”
She said she went out to drink one night at a bar about eight minutes away from her home and got arrested when she tried driving home under the influence.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair