Celebrity in Recovery: Martin Sheen

Celebrity in recovery: Martin Sheen

If you type in the words celebrity in recovery Martin Sheen you will find a slew of articles about how Martin Sheen is an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous; how he is giving talks on Bill W. and Dr. Bob; a few tid bits about his son, Charlie Sheen, and multiple links to everything he is doing to give back and help those who are just like him, alcoholics and addicts. Martin Sheen has been in recovery so long it is actually hard to find any information about him when he was in his active addiction.

Martin Sheen’s Alcoholism

“People take drugs because they have a very low self-esteem or they feel unloved, or life is so painful that they feel an effort to lessen the pain or heighten the excitement of life, because life on its own level does not seem worth living,” -Martin Sheen in an article from citzensvoice.com

But there was a time when Martin Sheen was an active alcoholic. During the filming of Apocalypse Now in the late 1970’s, Sheen was so sick he had a heart attack. Doctors told him it was brought on by his heavy drinking. He was only 36 years old at the time.

But of course, we as alcoholics know, this wasn’t enough to get Sheen to stop. It was getting re-involved with his Catholic faith, a long four years later that started his path to sobriety and socially-conscious living. He became a member of Alcoholics Anonymous at this time although he credits religion for getting him sober. Martin Sheen as anything but a respected member of the entertainment community, as well as political activist, and recovering alcoholic was left in the past.

Martin Sheen’s Recovery

Today Martin Sheen is touted to be one of the most celebrated, colorful and accomplished actors as well as one of the most politically active and peaceful ones too. Most of the news today about Martin Sheen includes his work as a political activist and his talks at multiple treatment centers, as well as his talks about his son, Charlie Sheen.

Martin Sheen has helped many treatment centers and pushed for more drug courts for addicts who have been arrested. Martin Sheen has become a member of Al-Anon, the AA program for the families of those who know, or are affected by an alcoholic or addict; in Martin Sheen’s case that would be his very well-known son, Charlie Sheen. In fact, when it comes to his son Charlie Sheen that is where the proof in Martin Sheen’s recovery really shines. Martin Sheen is no longer dealing with his own addiction but is rather watching Charlie Sheen drown in his. Martin Sheen has been somewhat vocal when talking about his son Charlie Sheen and has described his addiction like a cancer and has said that Charlie Sheen needs love and tolerance.

Martin Sheen believes Charlie is being strangled by addiction, something he can relate to, but he seems resigned that his paternal guidance isn’t always welcome anymore. “Every now and then [it is],” Sheen says. “Depends on whether it’s a moment of clarity for him. I can’t determine that for him. You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled.”

 

http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/03/21/martin-sheen-charlie-sheen-the-way/

www.citizensvoice.com

www.thefix.com

 

 

 

Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Rob Lowe

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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

Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Russell Brand

 

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Russell Brand, born Russell Edward Brand in 1975 is a British actor, comedian, writer and also; recovered drug addict. He is one of the most outspoken and passionate celebrities to date about his own recovery and the recovery for other people. It has been ten years since Russell Brand has used any mood or mind altering substance but before all that he was just another heroin junkie.

Russell Brand was born in Grays, Essex, England and was an only child. Brand’s parents divorced when he was very young; only six months old and he has described his childhood as being isolated and lonely. When he was seven years old he was sexually abused by a tutor and when he was eight his mother contracted uterine cancer and then breast cancer one year later. While his mother underwent treatments, Russell stayed with his relatives. When he was 14 he suffered from bulimia nervosa and when he was 16 he left home because of his mother’s live-in partner. His mother had lymphoma at the time. This is when he began to use illegal drugs such as weed, amphetamines, LSD and ecstasy. Of course from that point on his drug addiction progressed.

Brand’s first significant stand-up appearances came in 2000, the same year he also became a video journalist for MTV, a job which he was subsequently fired from. Shortly after that his agent John Noel forced him to visit Focus 12 residential rehab in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. After getting clean in rehab and begging to attend 12-step fellowships he continue on with his work and became who he is now.

Continuing to work both in TV and stand-up, he debuted his one-man show Better Now, an account of his heroin addiction, at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004. Brand became a popular British television star by appearing on Big Brother and hosting his own talk show and numerous other series, and in 2008 became world famous as the rocker Aldous Snow in the hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

 “It is ten years since I used drugs or drank alcohol and my life has immeasurably improved. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.

The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational. Recently for the purposes of a documentary on this subject I reviewed some footage of myself smoking heroin that my friend had shot as part of a typically exhibitionistic attempt of mine to get clean.”

Since he got sober Russell Brand has been an advocate for those in recovery and for those still in addiction too.

“This is the reason I have started a fund within Comic Relief, “Give It Up”. I want to raise awareness of, and money for abstinence based recovery. It was Kevin Cahill’s idea, he is the bloke who runs Comic Relief. He called me after reading an article I wrote after Amy Winehouse died. Her death had a powerful impact on me I suppose because it was such an obvious shock, like watching someone for hours through a telescope advance towards you, fist extended with the intention of punching you in the face. Even though I saw it coming it still hurt when it eventually hit me. What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple, it actually is simple but it isn’t easy, it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. There are support fellowships that are easy to find and open to anyone who needs them but they eschew promotion of any kind in order to preserve the purity of their purpose, which is; for people with alcoholism and addiction to help one another stay clean and sober.”

Russell Brand also has a new documentary out entitled Russell Brand: Addiction to Recovery and it is said he attends at least 3 AA meetings a week.

Sources:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/4483138/Death-of-billionaire-Eva-Rausing-shows-desperation-drugs-induce-in-people.html

http://www.russellbrand.tv/2013/03/give-it-up/