Dennis Quaid reveals faith saved him from a life of addiction: ‘I’m grateful to be alive really every day’

When faced with life’s challenges, many turn to faith for guidance, and Dennis Quaid is no exception.

“I’m grateful to still be here, I’m grateful to be alive really every day,” Quaid shared with People. “It’s important to really enjoy your ride in life as much as you can because there’s a lot of challenges and stuff to knock it down.”

Quaid’s journey has been marked by struggles, particularly with addiction, despite an initially successful career. Eventually, he recognized the need for change and checked himself into rehab, which he humorously refers to as “cocaine school.”

“I remember going home and having kind of a white light experience that I saw myself either dead or in jail or losing everything I had, and I didn’t want that.”

The 69-year-old actor and musician acknowledged that addiction often stems from a desire to fill a void within oneself. However, he found solace in his faith, which became a cornerstone of his recovery.

He expressed his newfound spirituality through music, penning a song for his mother as a testament to his journey toward healing. Additionally, he delved into various religious texts, including the Bible and Quran, fostering a deeper connection with his faith.

Quaid’s relationship with his faith remains integral to his life today. He plans to release a new album titled “Fallen: A Gospel Record For Sinners,” emphasizing that his music is introspective rather than overtly religious.

“All of us have a relationship with God, whether you’re a Christian or not,” Quaid emphasized.

Reflecting on the allure of substances, Quaid noted that while they may provide temporary pleasure, they ultimately lead to deeper problems. He believes that true joy comes from embracing life and acknowledging the divine presence within each individual.

“We’re all looking for the joy of life, which is our gift, actually, the relationship with God that we all have. It’s at the bottom of it, the joy of being alive.”