Sober celebrities…

Wednesday 20 Aug, 2014, 10:15am by Mrs D 19 comments

I LOVE them. I just love them.. and I cling on to their stories for dear life. Somehow for some reason seeing these ‘famous’ people living happy lives with no alcohol added is tremendously reassuring and strengthening for me.

Sober blogger Mr Al K Hall (get it?!) has pulled together some fabulous posts on sober celebrities .. basically compilations of media quotes from the subject where they referred to their recovery. You can read them here (my fav is Colin Farrell).

I know famous people are at heart just like us – putting their trousers on one leg at a time – so it’s no surprise that many of them get addicted and some of them get sober.. but I just really dig when they come out and start talking openly about recovery and how awesome it can be.

When I first stopped drinking I’d look around and see famous sober people like Rob Lowe and Keith Urban and think ‘they’re sober and they don’t look miserable. It must be possible to be sober and happy. I’m going to work on getting sober and happy like them!’ (And I did. In case I haven’t mentioned it before I love love love being sober.)

We need these lamp-lighters. People shining a light for those still stuck in a boozy misery. People on Peaceful Sobriety Island waving out. Famous and not-famous people! Proud, happy, openly sober people living fun, full lives with no booze added.

I just finished Rob Lowe’s second autobiography and he had the great quote in it “one of the gifts of recovery is authenticity, finding your true self”.. YES! I was so excited about this quote I tweeted it and copied in his twitter handle @RobLowe in the secret hopes he might re-tweet or favorite my tweet…! No such luck sadly.

Yesterday Living Sober member @persevering wrote “This morning I decided to google sober or tee-total celebrities, and I was quite amazed with who appeared there. These people aren’t, like, on my speed dial or actually not even facebook friend, so I don’t know their back story, but it goes to show how alcohol doesn’t discriminate. Maybe you know these people didn’t drink, but I didn’t: Ewan McGregor, Chris Martin, Steve Jobs, Denzel Washington, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Radcliffe, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Prince… the list goes on. Now think about this in terms of socialising without alcohol, of being and of having fun in a social setting. I struggle with the concept still, so this is a good exercise for me. Imagine an alcohol-free dinner party with some of these people… (you can pick your favourites or replace with others you know of) Question = fun, or not fun? My answer = FUN! INTERESTING! EXCITING!”

@persevering had a great response from other members naming sober celebrities who would be great fun at a dinner party. Point being – alcohol isn’t needed to make that event fun if you’ve got a good attitude and lively personalities.

Any more anyone can think of?

Love, Mrs D xxx

19 comments

  1. I have the names of Steve-O (from jackass) Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand and Billy Connolly written on a note stuck to my wall. They were all big boozers who got clean and are still fun and ‘naughty’ (as Mrs D might say) I’m pretty sure you can add eminem to that list too. I know Ray Charles, Alice Cooper, and Robbie Williams all sobered up. And I think Ringo Starr is a T-totaler. There is hope!

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  2. On the topic of celebrities. What are some good memoirs from celebritries about thier story of beating the booze? I would love to hear your ideas. Need some inspiration, loving my reading at the moment.

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    1. Both Rob Lowe’s books are great.. Clarissa Dickson Wright’s book ‘Spilling the Beans’.. Kristen Jonstone’s book ‘GUTS’ is fab..

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  3. I love that they can make sobriety look so appealing. I know we get an airbrushed version of them, it’s not the whole picture of course, but still, seeing these hugely successful people choosing to be sober is quite inspirational. They make sobriety look shiny and possible and attractive.

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    1. Well Mrs D being Mrs Corrin Dan makes you our little NZ celebrity. The other one that comes to mind not that she has ever said she has a drinking problem but has happily commented that she doesn’t drink anymore is Polly Gillespie from The Hits. I would love to hear more of her story one day, when she is ready. I admire her a lot for maintaining her “sparkly” personality and openly telling all that she no longer drinks. See sober people can be fun!! And she can be hilarious!!!

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  4. Just a suggestion but could you add an area to this website which allows us to revisit links like the Crying Out Now music clip and celebrity links easily at anytime, rather than scrolling through posts to find it???
    Some of them are so good and so valid it’s good to revisit for a hope and support boost.

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