By Anna David
Original Source: soberinfo.com
Just when it seemed the recovery movement couldn’t get any sexier (Robert Downey, Jr! Demi Lovato! Russell Brand!) last week brought the news that none other than Brad Pitt had joined the sober ranks.
In case you’ve been caught up in the election in France or the removal of Obamacare, allow me to explain: last week GQ released an extensive interview with Pitt where he busted out with the revelation that he’d long had a drinking problem and was now off booze for six months. The first mention of it in the interview came out in a very offhand way, when Pitt was talking about whether or not he was having a midlife crisis and said, “I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something” followed a little later by, “I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again.”
(First let me come out and ask: can we all assume he was using the “feelings in his fingertips” confession metaphorically and not as an admission that he was suffering from alcoholic neuropathy?)
Okay, cool. Moving on. As an ever-faithful Pitt devotee, I was equally shocked and nonplussed by the confession. Yes, it’s surprising because Pitt had hardly made a habit of waking up in a neighbor’s child’s bed, a la Downey, or going off on anti-Semitic rants on cops, a la Gibson. Then again, he had played that stoner Floyd in True Romance, rather effectively.
But it’s not easy to reach the age of 53, have your every move chronicled by the paparazzi and be nursing an alcohol problem. Even when the news broke that Angelina Jolie had called Child Protective Services on him because of an altercation that had taken place between him and one of his kids, it didn’t cross my mind that Pitt had a drinking problem.
As someone who’s always working to help destigmatize addiction, I’m unspeakably thrilled that Pitt has joined the ranks. The timing couldn’t be better for the recovery movement. And the timing isn’t bad for him either; not to be overly cynical about it all but our celeb-obsessed culture always likes to have someone come out on top after a high-profile divorce. And isn’t the one who quit drinking after years of indulging going to be the clear winner?
Still, the GQ interview is notably absent of any sort of recovery talk. Instead of mentioning a Higher Power or surrender or rigorous moral 2 inventory, Pitt waxes lyrical about making pottery and growing up in caves.
Whether he embraces recovery or not, can we please raise a glass (of apple cider) to Pitt making sobriety look even more beautiful than it already is?
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Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of six books. She’s been published in The New York Times, The LA Times, Details, Playboy and Women’s Health, among many others, and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E. David is the Founder of the consulting company Recover Girl, host of the Recover Girl podcast and creator of the recovery storytelling show Hammer(ed) Time. She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery and is the founder of AfterPartyMagazine and RehabReviews.com as well as a former editor at The Fix.