Lisa Marie Presley says she's 'grateful to be alive' as she opens up about her ...

An overdose took her ex-husband Michael Jackson's life in 2009.

And now Lisa Marie Presley is opening up about her own addiction to 'opioids and painkillers' in an essay penned for the forward of the book The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain by Harry Nelson.

Admitting she's 'grateful to be alive today,' the singer, 51, warned of the dangers of prescription drugs as she explained how easily her addiction began after being prescribed painkillers following the birth of her twin daughters in 2008.

Coming clean: Lisa Marie Presley (above in April) has opened up about her personal struggle with opioid and painkiller addiction in the forward for the book The United States of Opioids by Harry Nelson

Coming clean: Lisa Marie Presley (above in April) has opened up about her personal struggle with opioid and painkiller addiction in the forward for the book The United States of Opioids by Harry Nelson

'You may read this and wonder how, after losing people close to me, I also fell prey to opioids,' wrote Presley.

She was likely referring to ex-husband number two, Michael Jackson, who passed away from a propofol overdose in 2009.

Additionally, 'drug use was heavily implicated' in father Elvis' 1977 death, although original coroners did not consider substances as the official cause of his death.

Lisa Marie, a mother-of-three, went on explain how the hyper-addictive nature of modern painkillers lead her to addiction. 

'I was recovering after the [2008] birth of my daughters, Vivienne and Finley, when a doctor prescribed me opioids for pain. It only took a short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for me to feel the need to keep taking them,' she warned.

Devastating: She mentioned how drug abuse has effected loved ones, likely referring to ex Michael Jackson, who passed in 2009 of an overdose

Causes: 'Drug use was heavily implicated' in father Elvis' 1977 death, although original coroners did not consider substances as the official cause of his death

Devastating: She mentioned how drug abuse has effected loved ones, likely referring to ex Michael Jackson and father Elvis

Dangerous: Presley revealed how taking prescription painkillers after the birth of her daughters quickly lead to a dangerous addiction. Above she's seen with daughter Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood back in 2017

Dangerous: Presley revealed how taking prescription painkillers after the birth of her daughters quickly lead to a dangerous addiction. Above she's seen with daughter Riley Keough and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood back in 2017

Presley admitted it was 'a difficult path to overcome this dependence, and to put my life back together.

But the very private star said seeing loved ones' struggles inspired her to come clean about her problems and get the help she needed.

'Even in recent years, I have seen too many people I loved struggle with addiction and die tragically from this

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