London: Samuel L Jackson has revealed that winning battle with drugs and alcohol has helped him reach where he is today.
The 64-year-old actor told the Mirror that he believes those days preserved him in a strange sort of way.
He asserted that all experiences culminate in making a person, who he/she is.
Jackson - a veteran of more than 140 films - confessed that he even performed on stage and screen, when he was high but no one noticed.
However, when his wife and daughter found him unconscious on the kitchen floor, a wrap of cocaine at his side, he knew that he had taken himself dangerously close to the edge.
It was the final straw, and he realised that he could suffer the same fate as his father, who died an alcohol ic, or lose his beloved wife LaTanya and daughter Zoe, and checked himself into rehab.
Two weeks after he came out of the rehab he landed his first major screen role in ` Jungle Fever` - as a crack addict.