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Rob Lowe Reflects on Being 30 Years Sober: ‘You Have to Want to Do It’

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Thirty years into his sobriety journey, Rob Lowe acknowledges {that a} private need to remain clear has performed a giant half in his success in doing so.In an interview with Willie Geist on Sunday Today, the 56-year-old actor recalled combating substance abuse at 18 years previous whereas filming The Outsiders, saying, “Nobody’s going to do a pity party or have a telethon for all those suffering 18-year-old movie stars, you know?”Lowe identified that each decade or so, new stars pop up and signify “that person in the culture” going via comparable struggles with dependancy whereas within the highlight, like Justin Bieber.”And there aren’t that many people who go through it, and you either come out on the other side of it way, way, way better, or way, way, way worse, I think,” stated the 9-1-1: Lone Star actor.Never miss a narrative — join PEOPLE’s free every day publication to remain up-to-date on one of the best of what PEOPLE has to supply, from juicy movie star information to driving human curiosity tales.Lowe stated that he is “a big believer” in “recovery, sobriety [and] therapy,” however famous that an essential ingredient other than the supply of assets is that “you have to want to do it.””I do a lot of work with adolescents who are struggling with drugs and alcohol and their parents. And that’s the thing I always tell them is that, unfortunately, no one can get healthy for their job or for their relationship or because of their court case, or because of Mom or Dad or a sister or brother,” he stated. “They can only do it when they want to do it.””It’s really simple and it can be very demoralizing, but it’s not going to happen,” Lowe added. “So I wanted to do it. I was done, I was ready, I did it and got into recovery. And recovery really does work for people who work it.”Story continuesRELATED: Rob Lowe’s Son John Owen Reveals He’s 2 Years Sober — ‘I Am More Grateful Than Ever’Lowe, who has been sober since 1990, obtained the Spirit of Sobriety award again in 2015 on the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular in Beverly Hills, California. Before the ceremony, he informed PEOPLE, “Recovery is a road of many surprising, unexpected gifts. This is certainly one of them.””Everyone at some point has to come to terms with their own relationship with drugs and alcohol. I have learned a few things over the years,” the Parks and Recreation alum added. “Whenever I have an opportunity to share that with people, it’s very fulfilling to do it.”RELATED VIDEO: Looking Back at Rob Lowe’s Most Beloved RolesLast April, Lowe’s youngest son John Owen revealed that he was two years sober himself, including that he was “grateful” for the numerous methods his life has modified over time. The 26-year-old additionally acknowledged the numerous addicts who could also be struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging others to hunt out on-line Alcoholics Anonymous teams so as to keep on the correct path.”I haven’t been vocal about my sobriety on here just because I felt it was something I wanted to keep personal, but I had a change of heart today,” he wrote on Instagram on the time. “Two years in and I am more grateful than ever to have a community of support and friends who continue to build me up and hold me accountable. Making the decision to change your life is difficult at any age, but as a young person I hope that I can be a small example that it is possible and that things really do get SO MUCH BETTER.”If you or somebody you understand is combating dependancy, please contact the SAMHSA substance abuse helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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