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The Rise of Sober Celebrities

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News spread quickly when Brad Pitt became the latest Hollywood megastar to open up about his struggle with alcoholism, and his path to recovery in a 12-step program. In doing so, Pitt helped de-stigmatize addiction and recovery, as is the case when anyone high-profile celebrity talks about their issues with substance abuse.

Pitt certainly isn’t the first famous person to speak about his issues with addiction. Other stars with well-known stories of recovery include Robert Downey Jr. and Bradley Cooper. Living a sober life is something to be proud of, yet we continue to treat it as something that’s best kept a secret. Pitt’s honesty should be commended and hopefully it will empower others to get help and to own their own recovery.

But while encouraging dialogue about drug and alcohol abuse is always a good thing, could there be any unintended consequences when someone as well-known as Pitt, Downey, and Cooper talk openly about alcoholism, recovery, and 12-step programs?

What are the chances of relapse?

40 to 60 percent of those in recovery will relapse at least once, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse – this goes for famous people too. Pitt’s sobriety has garnered a lot of attention, and so too could a possible relapse, particularly if Pitt’s relapse should happen to be prolonged and extreme, or if it ends up splashed around the headlines.

We forget that people as famous as Brad Pitt are still human. But should he meet a setback in recovery, his status as an actor could give people ammunition to make negative generalizations about 12-step programs, and about recovery in general.

Relapse is common, but seeking help for an issue with drug and alcohol abuse is always worth it.

What are the benefits of AA?

Despite the risk of relapse, the benefits of recovery, and opening up about rehab far outweigh the consequences. Are you considering treatment in a 12-step program?

Here are three benefits you may not have previously considered:

  • 12-step programs keep it simple

Once you admit you’re powerless over drugs and alcohol, the approach to any 12-step program could be summed up in one simple word: abstinence.

  • You’ll find support along the way

But abstinence takes a lot of work, and AA will provide the support and reinforcement needed to be successful.

• 12-step programs are adaptable

AA also realizes one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to recovery. A 12-step program will help you set individualized goals while helping you analyze and address any triggers unique to your lifestyle.

But maybe a 12-step program will make you just a little bit more like Brad Pitt. If only we all could be that good looking…

takes a lot of work, and AA will provide the support and reinforcement needed to be successful.

  • 12-step programs are adaptable

AA also realizes one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to recovery. A 12-step program will help you set individualized goals while helping you analyze and address any triggers unique to your lifestyle.

But maybe a 12-step program will make you just a little bit more like Brad Pitt. If only we all could be that good looking…

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