Rob Lowe: Drug Addiction and Sobriety

Posted by Soberman's Contributor on June 1, 2020 at 7:22 PM

Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Robert Hepler Lowe, Rob Lowe for short, is an actor who starred in a number of popular movies in the 1980s, such as The Outsiders, Class, and Oxford Blues. His TV shows like Westwing pushed him forward in popularity leading to two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2001 and 2002 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and a number of other awards including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Despite his success, he struggled with problems that caused him to lose popularity, and put his future in jeopardy.

Rob Lowe’s Struggle for Sobriety

As his fame grew, so did his appetite for alcohol and partying. In an interview with Larry King he mentions that people like him are born empty. They look for success to fulfill them and when it doesn’t, that's when they turn to drugs and alcohol. His success eventually made a turn for the worse.

Rob Lowe moved on from his successful movie releases to almost ruining his career as an actor when a sex tape of him and a minor was leaked to the public. This scandal pushed him to leave the big screen for several years. Despite this, he mentioned that it was the best thing to ever happen to him in an interview at The Jess Cagle Show, because it lead to his sobriety.

Rob Lowe’s Journey To Sobriety

The scandal pushed Rob on the road to sobriety. In the same interview from The Jess Cagle Show, he said that he woke up one day and asked himself what he was doing with his life. He reflected on how partying and drinking had started to affect his relationship with his then girlfriend Sheryl Berkoff. He knew that if he couldn’t make it work with her, then he wouldn’t be able to make it work with anyone. After this realization he checked into a rehab center in Arizona, after finding a drug and alcohol counselor’s card he had kept in his wallet for a year. 

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said that he loved going to rehab, not because he had to go, but he liked the science behind it. He would have never gotten sober without rehab because of how he needed to learn the science behind addiction and what it can do to your body. 

Despite the challenges he faced, Rob has now stayed sober for thirty years

How Rob Lowe Achieved 30 Years of Sobriety

Going to rehab and coming clean is much easier than staying sober. Nearly 40 to 60 percent of people who have gone to a rehab center and successfully gone sober have relapsed in the first year. Rob Lowe said in an interview with Extra  that he had a moment of clarity that he wanted to go to rehab and he wanted to become sober. He said that you can only become sober for yourself. Not for your wife, your family, or a court case, but only for yourself. 

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Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism, Rob Lowe