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Jack Osbourne Celebrates 10 Years of Sobriety

 

Jack Osbourne, 27, has an entire decade out from the dark side, celebrating ten years of sobriety on April 21, 2013. The son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack is not the only Osbourne who has struggled with addiction.

On April 15, his father Ozzy admitted on his Facebook page, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an asshole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober….” He continued with an apology to his family, friends, band mates, and fans for his “insane behavior.”
Jack’s 28-year old sister, Kelly, has made a handful of trips to rehab, stating that she first took Vicodin at age 13 and becoming addicted to it at the age of 16. However, according to a 2012 article by Huffington Post, unlike Jack, who is abstinent from all mind-altering drugs (including alcohol), Kelly has quit drugs while continuing her use of alcohol.

Ten years ago, at the age of 17, only nine months after his mother Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with colon cancer, Jack voluntarily checked himself into Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California, which specializes in drug addiction and psychiatric care, for his addiction to the highly-addictive painkiller OxyContin, coined by some as “Hollywood Heroin.”

In a 2003 MTV interview, Jack admitted to abusing a plethora of drugs, admitting, “I had smoked pot and drank every day for two years. I was taking Vicodin by the handful. Valium, Xanax, Dilaudid, Lorcet, Lortab, Percocet, you name it.” In regards to achieving a decade of sobriety, Jack tweeted, “Well I never thought this was gonna happen 10 years ago.”

Many young people in recovery often wonder how it is possible to get sober at a young age. It seems impossible for some to imagine committing to a life of sobriety before one even is allowed to drink alcohol legally – or in Jack’s case, to be able to even legally smoke cigarettes. However, Jack’s ten years of sobriety ought to be proof that it can be done.

When asked to speak on his accomplishment of a decade free from alcohol and drug use, Jack stated that it is all due to working the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Since Jack got sober, he married his wife, Lisa Stelly, in October of 2012, nearly seven months after their daughter, Clementine was born, and almost four months after publically announcing that he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Works Cited

Marcus, Stephanie. huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/kelly-osbourne-defends-choice-drink-after-rehab_n_1637237. 29 June 2012. Web. 22 April 2013.
Yago, Gideon. http://www.mtv.com/bands/o/osbourne_jack/news_feature_070803/. 2007. Web. 22 April 2013.

 

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Melanie is a 27-year old Southern California native who studied at Pepperdine University. Loving to travel and experience new places and cultures, she spent two years living in the Southern states of Texas and Tennessee before returning to Los Angeles where she began working in the legal industry writing content and managing communication to class members of class action lawsuits. She now is focused on her continued sobriety, and her motto in life is to never take herself too seriously. She is often described by others as an "old soul." She loves music, photography, and makeup artistry and likes to entertain herself with astrology and numerology. She is a Sagittarius and a number 9, and shares her birthday with her beloved late grandmother and her favorite author, C.S. Lewis.

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News, Recovery, Substance Abuse · Tags: 12-step, AA, Addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, alcoholism, Black Sabbath, drug addiction, Jack Osbourne, Las Encinas Hospital, Lisa Stelly, oxycontin, Ozzy Osbourne, Recovery, sobriety

  • Emily

    Wow had no idea he was sober for that long