Life coach Iyanla Vanzant tries to help former child actress Maia Campbell accept responsibility for her past and face the future.
In the ‘90s, Maia’s acting career was on the rise with starring roles in “South Central” and LL Cool J’s “In the House.” However, after the cancellation of “In the House,” Maia apparently turned to drugs to ease her pain.
“I was using. I was self-medicating,” she admitted to Iyanla in the preview of “Fix My Life,” which airs Saturday night on OWN.
Things only worsened in 2006 when Maia lost her mother, author Bebe Moore Campbell, to brain cancer.
“When I lost my mom it was tough for me. I tail-spinned back into drugs, and I went back into the streets a lot,” she explained.
According to Maia, while her mother was dying, she was unable to be there to support or care for her.
“I visited her as much as they would let me. My family, my stepfather and my grandmother would barely let me come see her… They thought I would cause problems,” she said. “They wouldn’t let her talk to me on the phone.”
Though she blamed others for keeping her away from her ailing mom, Iyanla challenged Maia to take responsibility for her own actions.
“Maia, you were high,” she said. “You gotta own your stuff.”
Watch the preview below.
—Tracy L. Scott