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Rob Lowe’s Addiction Story and His Path to Recovery
30 Years Sober- Rob Lowe’s Addiction Story
If you’re looking for an inspirational celebrity addiction story, you don’t have to look further than Rob Lowe as he celebrates 30 years free of drugs and alcohol in 2020. The 56-year-old actor and director has always been very open about his struggles with addiction and his gratitude towards rehab.
He recently celebrated his 30 years of sobriety in his Instagram story, stating: “30 years ago today, I found a sober life of true happiness and fulfillment. I am filled with gratitude on this anniversary. From a treatment center in Arizona to a bomb shelter in Israel, I have come to know many extraordinary people, and the fellowship of recovery has changed my life and given me gifts beyond my selfish imaginings. If you, or someone you love is struggling with any kind of addiction, there is hope! Love to you all.”
Let’s take a look at Rob Lowe’s addiction story and what we can learn from it.
A Toxic Hollywood Life
Lowe moved to LA with his family during his teenage years. Incidentally, they were neighbors with the Sheen family and Lowe found people his age who shared his dream of acting. This bunch of friends later became known as the Brat Pack, made up of big names like Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. They suffered from celebrity addiction problems of their own.
The brat pack got enveloped by the Hollywood life and started substance abuse when they were only 15 years old. Rob Lowe’s part in blockbuster films shot him to fame and contributed to his addiction. On the set of The Outsiders, they were always provided beer.
As he gained more popularity, the parties got wilder, and the addictions grew. When asked about the cause of his addictions in an interview, Lowe said “Because for people like me who are in recovery, you are born feeling empty, on a certain level. And you are looking, unconsciously or consciously, to fill that. And if you want to be an artist, if you want to be an actor, if you want to be a musician, you think: man if I ever make it, it’s going to fix me. So, then you make it and it doesn’t fix you. Now what? Hence the drugs, the alcohol.”
This is an excellent insight behind how addictions are often a result of us trying to handle our insecurities. Lowe realized he needed to change his mind set and philosophy and that brought him to rehab.
While dating his wife Sheryl Berkoff, Lowe grasped that his addictive behaviors were destroying his relationship. He realized that he needed help if he wanted to make it work with the love of his life.
Rob Lowe and Rehab
Rob Lowe is one of the most astute supporters of rehab. He said that he “loved rehab” because it helped him understand his addiction and the pain associated with it.
Because of his alcoholism and substance abuse, Lowe was miserable. But he believes that you need to be willing to change if you want a better life. He says, “When I was ready, when I went to rehab, if they told me to go stand in a corner with my clothes off, standing on my head, I would have done it. I wouldn’t have asked questions.”
He says his ‘secret’ to sobriety is that he did it for himself. He explained: “You can’t get sober for your wife, your husband, your job, court case… you can only get sober for you.”Acceptance is the biggest step in conquering addictions and Lowe realized that.
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The Main Takeaway
Rob Lowe’s addiction story is a true inspiration for anyone who is struggling with this problem. He was recently awarded The Spirit of Sobriety Award by the Ben Shapiro Foundation for staying sober for 25 years. If you want to follow in Rob Lowe’s footsteps and become permanently sober, then contact us today.
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