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7 Sober Celebrities: Their Stories About Addiction

Addiction is far more common than some people are led to believe. It doesn’t exclusively take those who see themselves as ordinary. Those we often deify, in other words celebrities, struggle to maintain sobriety just as much as the rest of society.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is one of the better-known names in the circle of entertainment. He’s been in the game for a considerably long time, and he’s had massive success. Affleck is no “has-been” as he is still making successful movies, but it is worth mentioning that he’s had to step away from a few projects because of his substance abuse problems. 

Affleck has stated in the past that he consumed what may be considered a normal amount of alcohol for a long time. Over this period of time, he began drinking more and more, especially when his marriage was falling apart. This caused even more marital problems to exist. 

Part of the reason he began drinking was because of his compulsive behavior. A lack of comfort drove him towards doing whatever it took to be comfortable. When people try to make themselves feel better with drinking, drugs, or anything else that brings them pleasure, it is referred to as a coping mechanism. Most often these coping mechanisms end up making someone’s life even worse. Once that happens, the person has to cope even more because their life has gotten worse, and that’s what Ben has described happening to him. 

What’s perhaps most interesting is the fact that he had a pretty big franchise in the docket to film, act, and write. When Warner Brothers and DC were looking to launch a massive cinematic universe, Affleck became the Batman. Many fans were eagerly anticipating Affleck’s portrayal as the caped crusader in his first Batman solo flick. 

After putting some ideas to paper and writing a script, Affleck shared his project with a friend of his. His friend responded, telling him it was great, but that if he tried doing this that he would end up drinking himself to death. This is around the time that he decided to step away from the project. 

Affleck spent a lot of time trying to find his way back, and interestingly enough, he’s doing his own movies with his own ideas called, “The Way Back”. The project is centered around a drunken and reluctant high-school basketball coach who destroys his marriage and goes to rehab. For anyone who knows anything about everything he’s gone through in recent years, this project couldn’t hit more close to home. 

In 2018, Affleck and his wife, Jennifer Garner got a divorce after a pretty long separation. There’s a certain amount of shame that comes with divorce. Not only that, but also with recovering from a substance use disorder. Affleck has said that this shame had a detrimental impact on his self-worth.

Affleck, however, did not let that shame stop him from pursuing a life of stability and sobriety. He actually picked himself back up and learned from his mistakes. He’s stated that he’s learned a lot from his time recovering. He’s even mentioned other celebrities such as Robert Downey, jr. and Bradley Cooper that have helped him feel a great deal of support and love. 

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is another notable A-list actor who has once suffered from substance abuse. What’s perhaps the most sad is that when he was drunk, he would repeatedly harm himself. According to him, it’s these incidents that drove him to stop drinking. There was a report with Entertainment Tonight in which he disclosed that one night, he’d deliberately bashed his head on the concrete floor. He did this repeatedly until he was admitted for an overnight stay at a hospital.

Cooper, nowadays, has quit drinking and doing drugs completely. His biggest fear was not living up to his full potential, and addiction has a way of impeding that desire. Substance abuse ruins careers, families, and the well-being of many. Luckily, his journey hasn’t gone to waste; in fact, Cooper has inspired others to get sober. 

Brad Pitt

One of the better known names in hollywood for his charm and charismatic demeanor, Brad Pitt is someone who most may not have expected to struggle with addiction. In direct contrast, what’s a little bit more pleasant of a surprise is that Bradley Cooper helped him get sober. In fact, in an acceptance speech for an Academy Award, Pitt referenced Cooper, who actually presented him with the award, and shared with the audience how Cooper helped him out of the rutt. 

Robert Downey, Jr. 

Robert Downey, jr. is no surprise when it comes to troubled entertainers. His career in acting began in the 80s, and matured well in the 90s, leading award nominations. He had a very promising future, but it all came crashing down soon after in the late 90s. Downey, a drug user since his childhood days, had a vast number of drug arrests and jail time. It seemed hopeless; not even rehab was helping.

Downey was heading down a slippery slope. It seemed as though it was one thing after the other. He was having a hard time maintaining sobriety, keeping his job, and keeping his marriage afloat. Eventually his wife left, taking their child with her. Robert had hit rock bottom, and he had little interest in his passion, at least for a time.

Eventually, Downey spent some time in drug rehab again after his separation. This time, it would make a lasting impact on him. Over time, he started getting cast for movies and tv shows. He became more and more reliable as the days progressed, and according to the New York Times, RDJ has been sober since 2003. Since then he has proven to be an A-list, critical success, becoming the focal point of the cultural phenomenon ‘The Avengers’. 

Demi Lavato

There have been many Disney stars who have struggled with falling off the rails once their tenure has expired. Whether it’s a coping mechanism, or they just want people to see them as more than just a Disney kid, they all have a hard time adapting following their stardom. Demi Lavato was no exception. 

Lavato struggled with sobriety around the age of 18, and for this reason abruptly left a tour with the Jonas Brothers in 2010 to be treated in rehab for substance abuse, depression, and eating disorders. In 2018 she did another 60 days in rehab. Today, she has gratitude for her sobriety. She has stated that she feels strength in her body and is staying healthy with every day that passes. 

Daniel Radcliffe

There aren’t many people who are unfamiliar with one of the biggest franchises in cinema and literature history – Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe portrayed the persevering young wizard from the years 2001-2011. Devoting ten years to a major franchise is tough work. Sometimes, as he has admitted, Radcliffe felt as though he was being watched; he wasn’t sure how else to cope with it.

Daniel has suggested that child stars have it difficult because there’s no blueprint to cope with the pressures that come with fame. The way he explains it is as a vicious cycle. With everyone watching your every move, or at least when it seems that way, it becomes easier to forget about it when intoxicated; however, after being intoxicated even more people are watching because of the attention that is being drawn. Radcliffe has been sober since 2010. He found that the biggest help to him was from his friends. 

Ewan McGregor

There are many actors who have only a few big accomplishments on their resumes, but there are others who will go down as legends in cinema. One of these people is Ewan McGregor. Ewan is most notably recognized for his roles in the Star Wars prequels. Filling in the shoes of Sir Alec Guiness was not a task met with ease, but fans everywhere loved him to death. 

Not only that, but McGregor has also starred in films such as the antagonist of the recent Harley Quinn flick, Men Who Stare at Goats, and the sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. Acting, however, is not the only thing he is famous for – Mcgregor has been known to struggle with addiction. 

Often times, he would show up on set smelling like alcohol. He even drank on his breaks. Things were not very good for McGregor in this regard, but he found some inspiration to pursue sobriety in his family. Drinking heavily had caused him a deficit of joy and connection with those who loved him the most. 

Eventually, Ewan would have a very difficult decision to make. He would have to choose between the thing that has helped him cope in times of difficulty, or he could choose to get help. Eventually, McGregor began attending therapy, and contributes his sobriety to the help he has received. 

There Is Hope for Those From Any Walk of Life

There are many who suffer from substance abuse; some people, namely celebrities, who humanity so quickly deifies, struggle with addiction. This disease is far more common than many are led to believe. If you would like to recieve help but don’t know how to take the first step, you can contact us here.

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Developing a Strategy for Sobriety: South Florida Resources to Help You Stay Sober

Congratulations! You’ve recently completed the treatment process for alcohol abuse! You have found freedom from alcohol abuse and you couldn’t be happier. This is a wonderful accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated!

In many cases of addiction, people feel that they can’t become free. Many people who are suffering from alcoholism are tricked into believing that sobriety will always be out of reach. Some even feel that they don’t deserve to be free; guilt and shame plague their minds and keep them from moving forward.

But you didn’t let shame stop you. You didn’t allow guilt to hold you back. You did one of the hardest things people with addictions could ever do — you asked for help. It wasn’t easy but it was the best choice you could have made!

Now, you’re living a life that is free from alcohol addiction. At this point in your life, it’s important to remember that your recovery journey is still unfolding. Although treatment may be coming to an end for you, there is more to your story.

As you work to continue to live in your newfound freedom, it’s best to keep in mind your recovery is a lifelong journey. So, it’s important to gain and use the skills you need in order to prevent alcoholism relapse in your life.

Many times, people feel that the effort they used during their treatment process will no longer be needed after the program is over. But, this isn’t the case. You have worked extremely hard to overcome addiction. Now, it’s time to keep up the good work and continue winning over alcoholism!

The good news is that you don’t have to fight on your own. There are many South Florida resources to help you maintain your sobriety!

The Importance of Relapse Prevention Skills

During the treatment process, you attended addiction therapy sessions. Through therapy, you were able to learn how to best deal with triggers, things that might lead to relapse.

Some common triggers include stress, fear, anxiety, conflict (arguments and disagreements with others), anger, sadness, depression, guilt, and self-doubt.

Sometimes, when people feel guilty or begin to doubt themselves, they become vulnerable. Unfortunately, it’s in moments like this when people find themselves emotionally, mentally, and physically relapsing.

Depression, anxiety, and stress often cause people to return to substance use. Conflict with other people can also cause people to think about drinking again. Many individuals struggle to deal with these things in a healthy way.

And, in an attempt to at least temporarily feel better, people may entertain the thought of drinking. Sadly, in many cases, that thought turns into action and individuals end up physically relapsing.

Thankfully, addiction therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, help individuals to learn ways to address those difficult moments in a healthy and helpful way. These coping methods don’t involve alcohol or drug use. Instead, they involve mindfulness and self-control.

These relapse prevention skills are more than rules and regulations. They’re more than optional guidelines to follow. These skills give people the ability to regain the control they had over their lives that went away when addiction entered the scene.

Learning to use these skills gives you the opportunity to take your life back into your own hands and conquer addiction once and for all!

It’s important to remember, however, that recovery is not always going to be easy. Difficult moments will come. You may sometimes struggle with harmful thoughts and negative emotions. But, if you keep your eyes on the goal of sobriety, you will be able to stay on the right track!

Celebrate Your Success by Working to Remain Sober!

You’ve worked hard to become sober. It’s been a long journey but you should celebrate every single moment!

Now, as your journey continues, remember that you don’t have to fight addiction alone. There are many resources here in South Florida, each offering help and hope to people in every stage of their recovery.

Whether you have just begun your road to recovery or you have successfully completed alcohol addiction treatment, there are resources that can help you continue to overcome alcoholism.

It’s not always easy to stay on track. In all honesty, there may be times when you feel as though you can’t keep going. But, you can do it! Here are a few things you can do in order to stay on the right path:

  • Be patient with yourself. Don’t expect to be perfect and always remember how far you’ve already come.
  • Relax. Allow yourself to breathe. Go for walks and engage in fun, alcohol-free activities. You’re free and you deserve to enjoy this freedom!
  • Avoid spending time with people who drink excessively. They may encourage you to relapse.
  • Hang out with positive people! The way other people treat you and interact with you has a big impact on your life. So, be sure to surround yourself with people who have your well-being in mind and will speak positively to you.
  • Continue attending therapy. Even though your treatment program is nearly or completely over, you can continue to get therapy and counseling. Believe it or not, this is one of the most helpful things you can do after treatment is done.
  • Take care of your body. Rest well and be sure to get enough sleep at night. Exercise and keep in shape. Eat foods that are good for you. Ride your bike, go hiking, take a swim here and there!
  • Look after yourself emotionally. Work to build yourself up by saying positive affirmations every day. Again, spend time with other positive people to help improve your emotional health. Avoid spending time feeling guilty or ashamed of your past.

Finding Helpful South Florida Resources for Your Recovery

At 1st Step Behavioral Health, our goal is to help our clients become and remain free from addiction. So, if you are ready to take another step in your journey to recovery from alcoholism and you’re looking for helpful resources in South Florida, look no further!

Whether you’ve already begun your journey to freedom or you want to start now, we can help you! Just contact us today by calling (866) 319-6126!

References:

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/sobriety-guide

https://www.addictioncenter.com/rehab-questions/stay-sober-after-rehab/

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/alcoholism-treatment

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5 Pitfalls of Interventions and How to Do an Intervention That Works

In 2016, the Surgeon general released a report stating that one in every seven Americans will face a substance addiction in their lifetime. 

That same report found that only 10% of people with addictions receive treatment. Treatment offers an opportunity to live a normal life, and it’s an important part of recovery for any addict.

Knowing how to do an intervention can increase the chance of getting a loved one the help that they desperately need. There are five reasons why interventions fail and avoiding these will help make your intervention more successful.

Keep reading to find out what an intervention is and how to do an intervention that works.

What’s An Intervention?

An intervention brings together family and friends of an addict. As a group, they share their concerns about the addict and discuss the effects of their behavior on family and friends. Usually, they itemize a list of consequences that will result from their continued substance abuse.

The purpose of doing this is to change the context in which the addict has been living and operating. The consequences for their continued use following the intervention means that they’ll no longer be enabled to use by the friends and family present.

In this way, interventions are a way of encouraging an addict or alcoholic to admit to their problem and get the treatment they need. They don’t always work, but there are ways to avoid those pitfalls. We’ll discuss those in the next section.

How to Do an Intervention: What to Avoid

Below are the five main reasons why interventions fail. We’ll tell you what to do to avoid these and ensure your intervention goes as well as it can.

1. Disorganization

Organization can make or break an intervention. If you don’t have a clear plan for who is going to speak, what everyone should be saying, and next steps, the overall message of the intervention won’t be clear. Without timeliness, a strategy, and organization, the intervention isn’t focused or effective.

Instead, make sure that everyone involved knows what to talk about, how long they have to speak, and is well prepared for their turn. Have backup plans in case the person decides to walk out of the room. Being prepared for all the possible reactions can help you keep the intervention on track.

If you’re not confident in your ability to properly organize the intervention, you may also consider hiring a professional interventionist. These professional have the experience needed to organize and execute a successful intervention. They’ll also know how to deal with an addict who becomes psychologically unstable or physically dangerous.

2. No Clear Course of Action

Part of being organized is having a clear course of action for after the intervention, especially if the end goal is treatment, which it most often is. There are a few things you want to avoid in this respect.

Don’t give the addict an option for when they have to go to treatment. The goal is to get them to treatment immediately following the intervention. If you allow them to choose when to go, they may think their addiction isn’t bad enough to warrant immediate help.

Don’t give the addict options in terms of what treatment program they’ll go to. An intervention can be confusing and overwhelming. Having them choose where to go will only add to that confusion and sense of overwhelming and could cause them to back out.

Instead, have a residential treatment center lined up. Tell the addict that they have to go to treatment immediately. And if they agree, then they should be taken to the facility straight from the intervention.

While this type of intervention doesn’t give the addict any input, it also takes a lot of the pressure off of them. It also gets them into treatment while emotions are high and the consequences of not receiving treatment are fresh in their mind. 

3. Focusing on the Problem

Members of the intervention should list how the behavior of the addict has negatively affected their life. And of course, this should be shared with the addict. But after that, this is not an environment in which placing blame and focusing solely on the problem is helpful. 

Don’t focus all your time on the past mistakes of the addict. Instead, focus on the solution… which is to get treatment. 

4. Lack of Follow-Through

Each person who shares their experiences with the behavior of the addict should also have a list of consequences should they decide not to seek treatment. These consequences can be anything from no longer lending money to no longer giving the addict a place to live. If the person decides not to go through with treatment, then following through on your list of consequences is important.

5. Giving Up

There is no way to measure whether or not your intervention will be successful. Even if you avoid all of the above and execute the intervention perfectly, the addict in your life may not be ready to admit they have a problem and seek help. But if that’s the case, then don’t give up.

Some people need more time to process the consequences of not seeking treatment. Once they see what life is like in this new context, they may very well change their mind. Others need to get over the shock and anger of intervention before they can see the truth of the matter.

In some cases, a second intervention might be what’s needed to get the addict help. This shouldn’t take place until well after the first intervention, so the addict has time to process and the group has time to rethink their approach.

Do You Know Someone Who Needs Help?

Knowing how to do an intervention can help you avoid the common reasons they fail. These reasons include a lack of commitment in regards to following through on consequences, disorganization, and not having a clear course of action for after the intervention. 

Now that you know what a successful intervention looks like, you may start considering treatment centers. Have a look at our drug addiction services and find out how we can help. 

References:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/17/surgeon-general-1-7-us-face-substance-addiction/93993474/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/when-your-adult-child-breaks-your-heart/201408/drug-and-alcohol-interventions-do-they-work

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3 Ways to Maintain Your Sobriety

Staying sober is both easy and incredibly challenging. Statistically, when you compare addiction to other diseases, you actually have a better chance of never having a relapse. Your chances of never relapsing are better than someone with hypertension, cancer or diabetes. Ultimately, you’re the key to your own sobriety, and you can make it a smooth journey if you decide to put in the work.

1. Put Half as Much Effort Into Your Sobriety as You Did Your Addiction

This is a very common saying for those who are in recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism, and it’s true. Addiction is a full-time job, and it’s one of the many reasons people choose to get sober. From the time you wake up, you’ll likely already begin feeling anxiety for how you’re going to get high or drunk. The mental obsession to drink or use drugs will continue all day, even after you get drunk or high.

When people say to put half of the effort into your recovery as you did your addiction, it’s really not as much work as you think. The following are some simple steps that you can take to strengthen your sobriety:

  • Go to meetings
  • Get a sponsor
  • Work the steps

There’s a myth out there that Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs have low success rates. The reality is that those who take the suggestions and have a willingness to work the program have excellent chances of maintaining sobriety.

2. Address Your Mental Health

The two leading causes of relapse are a mental illness that’s untreated or undiagnosed. In order to maintain your recovery, you must continue to make your mental health a priority in different ways. For some, this may mean following up with a doctor to discuss different medications that they’re taking. Others may need to continue going to therapy for support when working on emotional issues.

3. You’re the Only One Who Can Stop You

As previously mentioned, you have a better chance of never relapsing in comparison to other diseases. When people hear this statistic, they often wonder why so many people seem to relapse on drugs or alcohol. The simple truth is that people in addiction recovery sometimes get in their own way. The most successful people are the ones who can humble themselves to a point of taking suggestions.

One of the best things you can do from the time you enter into treatment is to stay honest, open-minded and willing. It’s important to remember that addiction is a disease of the mind, so you’re not thinking properly when in active addiction. It’s something difficult to comprehend, but you can’t trust your own thinking because it leads you to substance abuse. By taking suggestions from others, you’ll begin to see that long-term recovery and happiness are possible.

1st Step Behavioral Health is here to provide you with alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Call (866) 319-6126 today to begin your journey to sobriety.