8 Comedians in Recovery

Growing up in today’s world, addiction is becoming more recognized as a serious disease. It’s nearly impossible to ignore it with the recent tabloids displaying how ferocious the opioid epidemic has become. For the longest time, most have believed that your average alcoholic was the homeless man camping out by the bridge, not your neighbor or college professor. Years ago, alcoholic thinking was something that a larger percentage of the world didn’t understand. Oh, how the times are changing.

Whether it was blissful ignorance of it or a decision to not identify it as a sickness, many addicts have paid the price for not finding or having access to help. Luckily in the 21st-century recovery from alcoholism is beginning to gain its voice. For many, sober is the new drunk. Getting your life together and abstaining from misery is finally the cool thing to do. Took long enough.

The sober community is indeed booming in recent years with many finally coming to terms with their harmful using patterns. Unfortunately, substance abuse still has its stronghold on the nation. This is why it’s so important for those representing recovery to speak up and lead the impressionable masses. Many are still unaware that there is a life out there free from the powerlessness and unmanageability that drug dependence instills in us. When celebrities and comedians in recovery take advantage of that outlet- it’s more than commendable.     

Needing Laughs Instead of Tears

In the past few years, there have been a number of addiction stories in Hollywood. Sure it grabs our attention when we see Robert Downey Jr. getting a DUI or Lindsey Lohan going off to rehabilitation. Or even when Robin Williams commits suicide after battling depression and addiction for years. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nasty side of alcoholism that is mostly shown in the media. Having more celebrities or comedians in recovery to advocate for that style of living is how less misfortune occurs.

Having a few people speak up about it on television won’t change the statistics necessarily, but even the few people that can be reached are worth it. Addiction prefers to move in silence and violence. After all, nobody knows about the fellowship until somebody points them in that direction.

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Funny Sobriety

For the number of sad tales that come out of an industry of famous people, Hollywood has a slew of positive experiences that provide balance. If addiction is the evil while recovery is the good, then this is probably a yin-yang battle that will rage on forever. Many celebrities and comedians in recovery are there admittedly without shame. This promotes such a positive message to anybody watching or listening to them- even those that aren’t afflicted with alcoholic thinking.

Recovery is meant to be enjoyable. It’s a way to turn around the lives of even the most incredulous addicts to exist. A good program peppered with fun and laughter can help solidify the binding of any bit of early sobriety. Laughter truly is one of the world’s richest medicines. Fortunately for us, there are a lot of comedians in recovery that provide us with all the chuckles we can muster. Trying to remain respectful of anonymity, some of those funny actors or comedians in recovery include:

  • Russell Brand
  • Edie Falco
  • Steve-O
  • Kat Von D
  • Matthew Perry
  • Collin Farrel
  • Rob Lowe
  • Eva Mendez

That’s just keeping it to a few of the funny people too. Any celebrities or comedians in recovery have to watch their words carefully of course so there are many that don’t speak up publicly about it too often. Alcoholics Anonymous is not meant to be promoted in such an advertising way, but at the same time, it is vital to get the message of sobriety out there. It’s quite the catch 22 that I’m sure many comedians in recovery try adhere to.

A Giggle Worthy Message

Most of the sober celebrities, especially the comedians in recovery, will, however, share the truth about the brutal disease if questioned. They might, of course, make their words funny and relatable in character, but they will drop the truth bomb despite that. There’s no point running from that deliverance if they don’t need to. Any recovering addict, regardless of your known or unknown stature, has a duty to spread that fellowship message. Those who have made it to the clean side of the road know firsthand of the difference between active and inactive alcoholic thinking.

Seriously Joking

For those that are the celebrities in recovery, becoming sober also gives them a whole bunch of new material that they can use in accordance with their chemical dependency. On top of that, they now have an entirely different demographic that they can appeal to. Some celebrities in recovery use their sobriety as an outlet to joke about the “war on drugs” and discussing political matters. Others to spice up their hopeless endeavors of active addiction in a style that has the audience stuck belly laughing for hours.

Even the people in the crowd that are unfamiliar with the demand of addiction can listen to the celebrities in recovery and appreciate their lives have never come to that point. Some of the things that the disease puts people through are just so irrational that it’s comical. Going through active addiction is a miserable process, no doubt about it, but making it to the other side of it just to laugh in its face is worth it 100%.

Choose Laughter

Nobody in their right mind wakes up one day deciding they want to be an addict. Addiction causes all laughter in life to cease. Stand up and stop yourself from becoming a lifeless victim that doesn’t know how to entertain the abominable comicals that tighten our abdominals. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and need a drug and alcohol detox facility, please call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.

Real Client Testimonials

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
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    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    11/06/2019

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