Tuesday, March 4, 2008

John Travolta helps Grease star battle drugs with Scientology

John TravoltaJohn Travolta is helping one of his Grease co-stars battle drug addiction - by introducing him to controversial religion Scientology.

Troubled Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie in the hit 70s movie, revealed the actor has given him a "library" of books on the subject.

He has also given the recovering addict a Scientology 'auditor', who is helping the reality TV star overcome his problems.

Conaway, 57, admitted he was addicted to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol when he starred in VH1 reality show Celebrity rehab.

The Grease star, who can barely walk following a crippling back injury, took part in the show to try and fight his demons - but quit in the seventh episode.

Harrowing scenes in the series showed him lying in a hospital bed, having fits of rage, and screaming in pain after going cold turkey.

Now Conaway has revealed he has turned to Travolta - and Scientology - to help him try and battle his addictions.

"John and I stayed friends, but he couldn't watch me going down the tubes," he told US entertainment show Inside Edition. "He gave me a whole library of Scientology books and he's given me an auditor that comes almost every day."

The actor, who speech is slurred due to his drug abuse, claims he is now off heavy drugs, but still takes prescription medicine for pain.

Travolta, 54, joined Scientology in 1975 and endorses the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

In 2000 he starred in the movie Battlefield Earth, which is based on a work of science fiction by Hubbard.

By Joanne Clements, Mar 04 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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