How many times have we seen and heard about celebrities suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol and then relapsing after spending time in rehab – too many, I’m afraid. In his memoir just out, “I’ll Be Right Back After This”, Sportscaster and TV celebrity host, Pat O’Brien, tells of his numerous attempts to overcome his addictions. O’Brien recently told People Magazine (Sept, 1, 2014) that he had hit bottom and almost died, and his last stint in rehab in 2008 taught him to be honest with himself. He is now six years sober and goes to twice-daily AA meetings. Pat is also anxious to share his story of success with others suffering from substance abuse.
We are constantly bombarded with news of the unsuccessful attempts made by celebrities to come clean and we see their names reappear in the headlines. But, let’s not forget there are the success stories, such as Meredith Baxter, John Larroquette, president Ford’s son, Steve Ford, broadcast journalist Laurie Dhue, comedians Marion Grodin, and Kristen Johnston. All of these people, and now Pat O’Brien, have something in common – they are committed to their sobriety, have a track record of being sober and are anxious to help others around the country by sharing their own stories. Whether it was drug abuse, alcoholism or some other form of addiction, they want to spread the word that there is hope. The individual experiences may be different, but all of them reached that point in life where they needed to make a major change in order to live and succeed. Each of these celebrities did succeed is overcoming substance abuse and they believe strongly in the message of hope and helping others.