On Tuesday actor Russell Brand celebrated 20 years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol. He gives credit to those around him for his success in becoming sober.
Brand shared a video on Instagram to announce his 20 years of sobriety and said there's no way he could have done it without those around him.
“I’m 20 years clean and sober today,” Brand stated. “It’s December the 13th. So, firstly I wanted to express my gratitude for all the people who have helped me to remain clean and sober. It is never done on your own.”
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“In fact, even though it’s often seen and celebrated as a personal achievement,” he continued. “It is in essence, a community and spiritual achievement.”
“Because what I have been taught and shown is that it is impossible for a person like me to not drink and use drugs unless I have sufficient ongoing support from people that understand what it’s like to feel that drugs or alcohol, or, you know, certain behaviors are necessary in order to feel okay,” Brand said.
“Because I still, every day without crack and heroin, without alcohol, still feel strongly, a strong requirement, a strong requirement to seek approval or connection or validation … from the outside world,” Brand said.
The actor credited finding a “life of purpose,” “finding a spiritual path,” and “making amends" as key factors in helping him make things change.
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