Feb 3, 2018 at 04:57 o\clock

Adult, content: Edie Falco is happy to put the past behind her.

Edie Falco is a survivor. Now wrapping up her starring turn as the

pill-addicted title character in Showtime's Nurse Jackie, she has

battled her own real-life demons as a recovering alcoholic who adheres

to the 12-step program.

"You learn how to put [your addiction] aside," says

Falco, who first achieved TV immortality as Tony's wife in The

Sopranos. "Live without it, and everything else falls into

place.... You wake up one morning, and you know you are done. Some

people get it, some people don't. People get it at all different

times in their addiction and it depends on what their bottom is."


Falco says addiction is hardest for loved ones who are forced to

watch their friend or family member struggle.

"It's a nasty, nasty journey for the addict and for the

people around them," the four-time Emmy winner says. "For

those people, go to Al-Anon. It's a fantastic organization that

really works."

Falco has now been sober for more than 20 years, and says her life

has never been better.

"I'm crazy boring," she says with a broad smile.

"I didn't used to be, but I'm so thrilled with my boring

life. I have two beautiful kids, and we watch Nickelodeon and order a

pizza. My friends say, 'We never see you in the [gossip

columns],' and I say, 'They gotta sell papers! Why would they

be saying anything about me? I got nothing!'"

More like everything.

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