Matt Roloff's Past Struggles With Drug Addiction Resurface

Matt and Jackson Roloff
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This Little People, Big World patriarch might be known for his words of wisdom and love for his family, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had to overcome some major struggles. Matt Roloff's history of drug addiction has resurfaced, and it will shine a new light on this beloved grandpa. 


The 55-year-old has been promoting his new children's book, Little Lucy, Big Race, that's dedicated to his grandson Jackson and is a tale about triumph and overcoming adversity.

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Matt Roloff/Facebook

But it's Matt's victory over his past cocaine addiction -- revealed in his 1999 memoir, Against Tall Odds: Being a David in a Goliath World -- that continues to make headlines.

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"I never thought I'd be someone who used drugs, but it happened," an excerpt from the Roloff dad's book reveals. "I thought I could just try it and get out of it, but I was wrong. It caught me like a bear trap. I almost didn't escape."

He continues:

"I ended up in deep debt. I also know that what I was doing was dangerous to my health. I can remember many times when I used drugs how my heart would just pound inside my chest, seemingly trying to break its way through my rib cage. I don't know if the drugs were harder on my body than they would be on an average-sized person's, but I know that I was taking a huge risk by using them."


Thankfully, Matt was able to conquer his issues and live on to start a beautiful family that we've come to love.

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As shocking as the idea of such a man of faith struggling with drug abuse might sound (Matt says he turned to God during this dark time), his struggles have become a powerful testimony that could help others in similar circumstances overcome addiction, too.

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