Jason Bateman Drug Abuse Revelation Details Magazine August 2009

Jason Bateman was quite a wildchild in the 1990s.

The former child star tells the August issue of Details that working on shows like Silver Spoons as an ’80s teen star put him on the road to the excess and substance abuse as a young adult.

“It was like ‘Risky Business’ for 10 years,” says Jason, who is now 40. “My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car, and the house, and I didn’t know when they were coming home. I’d worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well.”

Jason credits AA with saving him from himself: “I was never at a place where rehab would have been appropriate,” he says. “Booze was what would make me want to stay out all night and do some blow or smoke a joint or whatever, so shutting that off was key. It’s like ketchup and French fries — I don’t want one without the other. So that’s the moment: Do you want to continue being great at being in your twenties, or do you want to step up and graduate into adulthood?”

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