Wendy Williams gets candid on her battle with addiction (exclusive)

Wendy Williams has faced her demons and lived to talk about it.

The daytime talk show host recently sat down with ET to discuss her battle with cocaine addiction and how she somehow managed to put it behind her. It was during her days in radio that she developed the troubling habit.

“I was a functioning addict though,” she shared. “I report to work on time, and I’d walk in and all my co-workers, including my bosses, would know but since I would have my headphones on and walk in the studio and [they] wouldn’t fire me because I was making ratings.”

Williams also admitted during the interview that maintaining her wild lifestyle while also getting to work on time every day took work.

“[A] functioning addict has several alarm clocks, you’re organized,” she said. “It’s a miracle I was able to stop.”

Now, Williams is using her experience with addiction in an effort to help others avoid making the mistakes she made. She has partnered with The Hunter Foundation to launch the "Be Here" National Campaign designed to combat drug addiction and substance abuse in communities.

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Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter together through the years
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE)(L-R) Kevin Hunter, wife Wendy Williams and son Kevin Hunter Jr pose at a celebration for The Hunter Foundation Charity that helps fund programs for families and youth communities in need of help and guidance at Planet Hollywood Times Square on July 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 14: TV personality Wendy Williams (r) and husband Kevin Hunter attend the Smif N Wessun - Dah Shinin' 20 Year Anniversary concert at S.O.B.'s on January 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend the New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: (L-R) Wendy Williams, Hunter Kevin and Carlos Narcisse attend the 'Ask Wendy' Book Release Party at Pink Elephant on May 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Wendy Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter attends 'The Wendy Williams Show' 500th episode celebration at Element on May 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter leave 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
(L-R) Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams attend Wendy Williams' 2010 Holiday party at Nikki Beach on December 29, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Television personality Wendy Williams (R) and her husband Kevin Hunter leave the 'Celebrity Apprentice' film set at Famiglia Restaurant on October 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Kevin Hunter, Wendy Williams and Bruce Oust ring the opening bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite on August 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
(L-R) Kevin Hunter, NFL player Lamar Odom, TV personality Khloe Kardashian Odom, and TV and radio personality Wendy Williams attend the Casio 'Shock the World' event at The Manhattan Center on August 2, 2010 in New York City.
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 30: Kevin hunter and Wendy Williams attend QVC Style Initiative Dinner hosted by CEO Mike George at the home of Dennis Basso and partner Michael Cominotto on July 30, 2010 in Water Mill, NY. (Photo by PATRICK MCMULLAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 30: Wendy Williams and husband Kevin Hunter attend Sari Baez's Birthday celebration at Marquee on November 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams attend the Patron Music in Motion Tour Party at Marquee on September 29, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend the Rebirth of Hip Hop hosted by Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Russell Simmons on September 12, 2007 in New York City, New York (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Wendy Williams with Kevin Hunter (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
Husband/manager Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Go On!! Alize Day with Wendy Williams - July 7, 2006 at W Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Husband/manager Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Wendy Williams's Signs to Alize as National Spokesperson at Kobrand Headquarters in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams (of Power 105.1 FM in NYC) (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Wendy Williams presents Dons and Diva's Black Party Hosted by Mary J. Blige - Inside at Crobar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - JUNE 22: Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter attend Wendy Williams CD Launch at Quo co-hosted by Courvoisier Ambassadrice Nina Shay, New York City at Quo on June 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Erik T. Kaiser/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Kevin Hunter and Wendy Williams during Faith Evans Album Release Party for The First Lady - Inside at Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Wendy Williams of 107.5 fm and Kevin Hunter during Wendy Williams Birthday Party at Tens at Tens in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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