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Josh Brolin Celebrates 5 Years Of Sobriety And Opens Up About His Difficult Path To Recovery

January 9, 2019 16:53

These days, No Country for Old Men star, Josh Brolin, is a loving husband and present father, and, not least importantly, a sober man. Things could have turned out differently for the 50-year-old actor, but he managed to get a grip and shares his story to help others who are struggling.

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Brolin’s candid confessions about the addition

In his teenage years, before he became an actor, Brolin hung out with a surfing group who called themselves “Cito Rats,” he told The Guardian.

He and his friends were no strangers to illicit substances. The actor even tried heroin, he said in the interview, but didn’t like the experience and stayed away from the drug. For his friends, however, it was a different story.

Brolin said:

I've had 19 friends who died. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now.

As an adult, Brolin stayed away from illicit drugs but developed a drinking problem. He started the year 2013 in a Santa Monica jail after being arrested for public intoxication. His then-wife, actress Diane Lane, filed for divorce shortly after the incident, and that’s when the actor realized he needed to clean up his act.

Now, five years later, Brolin celebrates five years of sobriety. In a candid post on Instagram, he recalled one particular night of drunken revelry, and his message is simple: he’ll never do that again.

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How to help a loved one with an addiction

Helping someone who is struggling with addiction isn’t always easy and usually requires professional intervention. Here are some general recommendations on what to do in this situation:

  1. Know that recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol takes time, and your loved one may not be willing to accept help from your first try, so difficulties are to be expected.
  2. It’s not easy to help someone get rid of addiction when you are on your own. Enlist friends’ and family members’ help for this task.
  3. Do the research. Learn about specific treatment facilities and support groups in your area.
  4. Be prepared for your addicted loved one’s resistance and don’t talk to them in a judgmental manner.

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With your help and guidance, your loved one is more likely to stay on track and complete treatment successfully.

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