It takes a great deal of strength to admit one's shortcomings, especially when you're a public figure. But it takes more courage to stay on the right path, and Lowe has shown us that it is indeed possible.
Fame is a fickle mistress and its seductive lights of glitz, glam, and other trappings make it hard for celebrities to resist. Thus, it's not surprising to see celebrities fall down the dark rabbit hole of alcoholism and hard drugs. While some have successfully stayed clear of it, there have been others who have struggled with it, but with perseverance and a good support structure rallying around them, they have emerged out of it stronger and wiser. One such actor is Rob Lowe who recognized he had an alcohol addiction and took the necessary steps to rectify his situation. Today, after 30 years, the Hollywood star has managed to continue his sober streak.
Lowe, whose career took off after the release of his 1983 movie, The Outsiders, celebrated his sobriety of 30 years on May 10 after committing to it on May 10, 1990. Taking to Instagram, he shared a picture of his gorgeous face and wrote: 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.
Last year, he shared the news of his 29-year milestone to encourage others struggling with drug abuse and alcoholism. Today I celebrate 29 years of sobriety, he wrote thanking everyone who helped him achieve this goal. Thank you to all those who have inspired me on this wonderful, challenging, and life-changing journey. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with alcohol or addiction, there CAN be a future of hope, health, and happiness. And it comes one day at a time. #recovery #ItWorks, he assured.
During a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Golden Globe-winning actor shared how much he loved his experience in rehab. While most people don't associate rehabilitation centers with something that sparks joy, Lowe explained how it taught him valuable life lessons. It helped him commit to his sober life even though he didn't really like the fact that he had to go there initially. "I didn't love the fact that I had to go and it was unbelievably painful but I like the science. I couldn't have gotten sober without rehab because I needed the science ... I needed to do the work. It was like going to law school," he said, according to TODAY.
The Parks and Recreation alum took to his Twitter last year and urged others struggling to overcome addiction to seek help. The father-of-two has been tweeting about his recovery for quite some time. In 2017, he shared just how "Grateful to God and my fellows" the actor had who helped him carry on "this road of happy destiny." Two years ago, he noted how his "sobriety/recovery" was not "easy" but stated it was "simple." With self-honesty, humility, motivation, and a strong relationship with a Higher Power, it WORKS, he added.
I'm 20 years sober today. Had lots of love and support to get here. If you are struggling, YOU CAN FIND IT TOO; all the gifts are waiting!— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 10, 2010
Lowe has managed to achieve quite a feat as his year of sobriety has long surpassed the time he had struggled with alcohol abuse. He shares a new milestone every year hoping that others can find strength and hope in his story. When Demi Lovato, 27, was hospitalized following a drug overdose, Lowe expressed his support for the young singer and wrote on Twitter: I don’t know you, @ddlovato but I am thinking of you. Hoping you come back to us! #recovery.
He is indeed an inspiration to all hopeful people who are struggling to cope with their respective addictions. It takes a great deal of strength to admit one's shortcomings, especially when you're a public figure. But it takes more courage to stay on the right path and Lowe has shown us that it is indeed possible.
Love that you share about your long term sobriety happening one day at time. 30 years here and grateful for a beautiful life and for when people with a platform, like you, share their story! 🙏👏👏Congratulations! 🎉— Michelle D Freeman (@mfreeman1) May 11, 2018