From his pot and acid to crack and heroin days, the British actor is now delighting us with countless comedy flicks all due to his sobriety since 2003. He stated, “Staying sober is a daily challenge. It’s much more about not getting resentful about things. Really, it’s a spiritual thing. It’s accepting that however important you think your problems are, you play a part in those problems. And probably one of the things you should look at is not being so self-involved.”
Since a morning in 1975 when he woke up in Arizona with no concept of how he got there, Hopkins, one of the world’s most renowned and much-admired actors of our time has stayed sober. He struggled with alcoholism for many years beginning in the mid-1960s and attributes A.A. for his immense success over his addiction.
Robert Downey Jr.
Once almost ending his career due to his drug addiction and alcoholism, Downey has become the unofficial poster child for sobriety in Hollywood thanks to his triumphant comeback after taking action to combat his demons. He stated in an interview to Playboy Magazine, “I think of myself as someone who has no desire, use for or conscious memory of that life. And yet I don’t shut the door on it, and I don’t pretend it didn’t happen.” He has been sober since July of 2003.
One of the best and well-known rappers of our time, Marshall Mathers a.k.a. Eminem has struggled with addiction to methadone, Vicodin, ecstasy and marijuana in the past but after asserting his sobriety in his album Recovery, he has stayed clean and has created very moving music. Eminem stated in an interview, “I knew I had to change my life. But addiction is a fucking tricky thing. I think I relapsed within…three weeks? And within a month, it had ramped right back to where it was before. That’s what really freaked me out. That’s when I knew: Either get help, or I am going to die,”
While locked up in a psych ward for the second time because of a suicide attempt, Stephen Glover a.k.a. Steve-O first realized that sobriety was the answer to his struggles with life after hearing people talk about how it changed theirs. He stated, “Basically, I took an honest look at myself and at my actions, and was horrified and felt like I couldn’t forgive or live with myself. Some people came in and talked about how they stayed sober and it stuck. They gave me the idea that getting sober was something that could be done and that I had to do it.” He has been sober since March of 2008.
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