Seeing someone with a long history of sobriety – especially after a very public struggle – can be motivating and inspiring for others at different stages of their recovery journey. That’s part of why actor Rob Lowe’s announcement that he’s reached 31 years of abstinence is definitely something to celebrate.
“Today, I’m 31 without drugs or alcohol,” Lowe wrote on Twitter. “I want to thank everyone who has walked this path with me and welcome everyone who is considering joining us; the free and the happy. And a big hug to my family for supporting me !! Xoxo “
Lowe, now 57, spent his 20s mingling with the negative press after an underage sex tape scandal (he was 24 and one of the two women he was with was 16 – at- above the age of consent for sex in the state of Georgia at the time, but too young to register) and her widely publicized substance abuse issues. In 1990, two years after the sex tape scandal, he decided to stop drinking and taking drugs. He entered a rehab program – which he said was the best decision he ever made – and has managed to stay sober ever since.
He has also been married to his wife, Sheryl Berkoff, since 1991. The couple have raised two sons, who are now about the same age Lowe was when he got sober, and who love to hilariously troll their old man on social media. social. (Even if you’re a studious and successful superstar, your kids will always be there to keep you down to earth.) His career has flourished since his return to television in “The West Wing,” and he’s become a bit of a boyfriend. poster for redemption in Hollywood.
He’s also been quite open about how sobriety made him happy. Last year, on his 30th anniversary of recovery, Lowe wrote about his “sober life of true happiness and fulfillment” on Instagram.
“From a treatment center in Arizona to a bomb shelter in Israel, I have come to know many amazing people,” he wrote, “and the fellowship of recovery has changed my life and me. gave gifts beyond my selfish imaginations.
One of Lowe’s big fears when he got sober at 26 was that he was not going to have fun anymore. He told Kelly Clarkson that he couldn’t imagine not having a drink at his wedding or a whiskey when his children were born. ” Guess what? ” he said. “Yes, I had none of that, and it’s impressive. »
Lowe told Variety that sobriety must come from a deep desire for change in the addict himself.
“Nothing can make you sober unless you want to do it,” he says. “The threat of losing a marriage, losing a job, incarceration – you name the threat, that won’t be enough to do it. It must be in you. The reason people don’t get sober 100% of the time when they get into programs is because people aren’t ready when they go to use the tools. “
Lowe also shared with Variety the moment he knew he was ready for rehab:
“I was ready when one day in the days of answering machines, my mother called me and I could hear her voice on the answering machine. I didn’t want to quit because I was really, really hungover and didn’t. I want her to know. She told me that my grandfather, whom I loved, was in critical condition in the hospital and that she needed my help. And I did not pick up. My thought at that point was, “I need to drink half a bottle of tequila right now so I can fall asleep so I can wake up and pick up that phone.” ”
Lowe says his whole understanding of life comes from getting sober and staying sober. “The only way to stay recovering is to be honest with yourself minute by minute,” he told Variety. “No secrets, no double life. And you have to get real … the more recovery you are, the easier it is to be honest. “
Congratulations on 31 years of abstinence, Rob Lowe. May your story be an inspiration to others who are on their own path to and through recovery.
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