Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Rob Lowe

rob lowe, Rob Lowe

Robert Hepler, better known as Rob Lowe is an American film and television star. He got his fame after appearing in movies such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, St. Elmo ’s Fire, and the Austin Powers’ movies. Rob Lowe also was on The West Wing and is currently playing the character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation. Rob Lowe has been a famous actor since the early 80’s but more importantly he is a celebrity in recovery.

In 1988, Rob Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with two women. One of the women was 16 and the other was 22. They were filmed with Lowe right before the night of the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta Georgia. Rob had asserted that he did not know that the second girl was underage and it was confirmed that the two had met at a bar. At the time, Rob was campaigning for Michael Dukakis. Another part of the tape was leaked at the same time as this and it showed Rob Lowe and his friend Justin Morritt, both having sex with a young American model named Jennifer in a hotel room in Paris.

Rob called his sex tape scandal the best thing that ever happened to him because it forced him to get help.

On May 10th, Rob Lowe who is now 49 celebrated 23 years of sobriety. Rob Lowe says his addictions were sex and alcohol. He does have a wife and he describes her as being his best friend and the opposite of an enabler. He credits his wife for helping him successfully battle his addiction. The thing about Rob Lowe was that he was absolutely ready for help when he went to rehab in his 20s.

Rob Lowe spoke with Piers Morgan about his positive experience with rehab while promoting his memoir in 2011.

“It was great. I loved it. Because I was ready. Problem is, people go into rehab and they’re not ready,” Lowe explained. “You want to get sober for your parents, you want to get sober for your job, you want to get sober for the cops, you want to get sober to protect your image. A lot of good reasons, by the way, but unfortunately, the only thing that works is that you have to want to get sober for you. So, I was ready. And so if they told me, ‘Hey, Lowe, you’ve got to go stand in the corner on your head,’ I would have done it. I was ready. And so if they told me, ‘Hey, Lowe, you’ve got to go stand in the corner on your head,’ I would have done it.”

He told Piers that he’s the type of person who just can’t one glass of wine, so he’s abstained from alcohol ever since “If I have a glass of wine, inevitably it’s two glasses of wine, it just begins. That’s how you know you’re one of us or you’re not.”

Sources:

http://starcasm.net/archives/219058

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Lowe

Signs Your Addiction is Ruining Your Life

Signs Your Addiction is Ruining Your Life

Signs Your Addiction is Ruining Your Life

Addiction is a destructive disease. It can rip through your life like a tornado, destroying everything in its wake or the destruction can be slower, more insidious. You may not even realize your addiction is ruining your life until you look back and see everything you have lost. It is the nature of the addict to continue using even when their addiction is ruining their life.  Maybe you are afraid to face reality; maybe you just didn’t recognize the signs that your addiction was ruining your life. It becomes too easy to rationalize the destruction or blame others for what has happened. Whatever the case, you don’t have to continue to let your addiction ruin your life. You can take action. There is hope.

Signs Your Addiction is Ruining Your Life: Be honest with yourself

First, it’s time for you to take stock of your life. It may be painful, but to recover, you need to really know that you have a problem and to recognize that your addiction is ruining your life. It’s also important to note that not everyone’s idea of “ruin” looks the same. One person may be living under a bridge before they really recognize the signs. Someone else may still have a job and a home, but they may be massively in debt or have ruined their relationships with their loved ones. They may be able to convince themselves that their addiction has not ruined their lives because they are still employed, still married, or they still have a home. They point to the few things in their life that are still intact and hold onto the idea that they don’t need help. This denial can be dangerous and it can prevent some addicts and alcoholics from getting the help that they desperately need.

There is no recovery without honesty. You cannot reach out for help if you cannot admit to yourself that you need it. It’s important to realize that you do not have to continue letting your addiction ruin your life. If you get help now, you can stop the destruction before it gets really bad; but only if you’re honest with yourself.

Signs Your Addiction is Ruining Your Life: Don’t be afraid to ask for help

It is not shameful to ask for help, in fact only strong people are able to recognize the signs their addiction is ruining their life and take the action to change it. Only a strong person could put aside their pride and really take stock of their lives. Only a strong person could admit that they have a problem that they cannot solve. Only a strong person could ask for help.

What is shameful is continuing to live the way you are living, even if your addiction is ruining your life and the lives of the people around you. When you know deep down there is a problem, but you are trapped by fear and unable to admit it.

Have faith; there is help, and hope, out there. Addiction doesn’t discriminate; it affects people of all colors, genders, and social classes. You can recover, and you can stop addiction from ruining your life.