Former First Lady Betty Ford gained worldwide attention when, at the age of 60, she sought treatment for an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. In 1982, she co-founded the nonprofit Betty Ford Center in California and became an advocate for treatment and raising awareness of alcohol abuse.”I think once I made up my mind that I was allergic to alcohol… it made sense to me. And I think it was kind of pointed out that if you were allergic to strawberries, you wouldn’t eat strawberries.”
“I know I was an alcoholic because I was preoccupied whether alcohol was going to be served or not.”
Falwell was one of the country’s most well-known televangelists. A Southern Baptist, he was named as the second most-admired man in the United States in a 1983 Good Housekeeping pool after Ronald Reagan. His father, Carey Falwell, was a bootlegger during the Great Depression and was eventually killed by his alcoholism. Jerry Falwell was outspoken in his moral opposition to alcohol, although he did believe in supporting people trying to overcome addiction. He founded the Elim Home in 1959 for recovering alcoholics.”I’m glad now, at age 66, that I never used alcohol or tobacco. I’ve buried a lot of friends who used alcohol or tobacco.”
Williams was a stand-up comedian and actor who died in 2014 at the age of 62. During his life, Robin Williams struggled with depression, alcoholism, and cocaine addiction. He often spoke of his struggles with alcohol and drugs that began in the 1980s.When talking about his relapses, Williams called them a “gradual” descent. “It’s the same voice though that… you’re standing at a precipice and you look down, there’s a voice, and it’s a little quiet voice that goes ‘Jump.’ The same voice that goes, ‘Just one.’ And the idea of just one for someone who has no tolerance for it, that’s not the possibility.”
On his first drink, Williams said, “You feel warm and kind of wonderful. And then the next thing you know, it’s a problem, and you’re isolated.”
Williams said he knew he was in trouble after just a week of drinking, which would turn into binge drinking for three weeks. He said it wasn’t fun while it lasted, adding, “Most of the time you just realize you’ve started to do embarrassing things.”
“As an alcoholic, you will violate your standards quicker than you can lower them.”
While today he’s one of Hollywood’s best-known and highest-paid actors, Samuel L. Jackson struggled with addiction for years. Jackson’s father was an alcoholic who left when he was three. During college, Jackson began using drugs and drinking which developed into a full-blown addiction. His turning point came when his wife and daughter found him passed out on his kitchen floor after cooking cocaine. At that point, he went through detox and began shooting for his breakout performance as a crack addict in Jungle Fever in 1999.”I never had one beer. If I bought a six-pack of beer, I kept drinking till all six beers were gone. You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself. I haven’t had a drink now in 12 years.”
“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake, and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.”
Carlin was a stand-up comedian, author, actor, and social critic known for his dark comedy and focus on politics, religion, and taboo topics. In 2004, George Carlin entered rehabilitation to deal with an alcohol and prescription drug problem. On entering the facility, Carlin released a statement saying, “I know it isn’t easy, but I’m highly motivated, and will do whatever’s necessary.”After completing his rehab program, Carlin said, “I definitely suffered the affliction every addict suffers – I just couldn’t stop. The addiction had more power than I did.”
“I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here is one I would suggest: ‘Alcohol will turn you into the same a**hole your father was;’ If you drink long enough, at some point you will vomit up the lining of your stomach.'”
Ferguson is a TV host, comedian, and actor best known as the host of the late-night talk show “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Ferguson has been sober since 1992 and he has been outspoken about his struggle with alcohol.”I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute, if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’ And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.”
“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me… sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”
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