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Hammond opens up about drug and alcohol battles

The former Saturday Night Live regular is sharing details about his personal life and abusive childhood in the book God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F**ked.

In an excerpt, obtained by the New York Post, he writes, ""I kept a pint of Remy (Martin cognac) in my desk at work. The drinking calmed my nerves and quieted the disturbing images that sprang into my head... when drinking didn't work, I cut myself.""

And in 1998, Hammond confesses he was in such bad shape, he was admitted to the New York Hospital after being removed from the NBC TV studios in a straitjacket.

But his addictions only grew worse in 2002.

He continues, ""I'd started adding an obscene amount of cocaine to my binges... I had to be creative about how I did it without other people catching or letting it interfere with the work. At least too much.""

Hammond entered rehab in a bid to get clean but in 2009 he relapsed after stumbling upon the ""brilliant idea"" to try crack. He later spent time in a New York City crack house before finally finding a path to sobriety.

The tome is set to hit U.S. stores on 8 November (11).

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