Famed actor Alec Baldwin recently spoke to George Stephanopoulos about his past struggles with addiction in a televised interview on ABC’s Good Morning America. Baldwin, 59, is a member of the Baldwin family, the oldest of four brothers who are all actors. Baldwin started his career in the early 1980s, and was soon internationally acclaimed for starring in hits like Beetlejuice and The Hunt for Red October.
Later, the actor would star in award winning films like The Aviator and The Departed, as well as starring hit comedy show 30 Rock. Most recently, however, the actor is likely best known for his popular impersonation of President Donald Trump on multiple episodes of the long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
During his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin discussed a wide-ranging series of topics involving his addiction and recovery. During the height of the actor’s addiction to drugs and alcohol, in the early to mid 1980s, Baldwin says he drank alcohol and used drugs every single day. Of his time abusing drugs, Baldwin says ‘there was really, really a lot of pain in there,” and says he abused drugs “to his misery.”
After 2 years in the “white hot” of addiction, and having just experienced a major overdose, Baldwin finally become sober in 1985, just before turning 27 years old. Currently 58, Baldwin has now been sober for more than 3 decades, and it’s likely no coincidence that the actor didn’t become a major star before cleaning up his personal life by becoming sober.
Getting sober and staying sober can be some of the biggest challenges for anyone who suffers from the disease of addiction. While Alec Baldwin may have only needed one opportunity to get sober, not everyone else is so lucky. However, no matter how many attempts it takes, you should never stop fighting to regain control over your life, health, and happiness.
At Get Treatment, we understand how difficult conquering addiction can be. Unfortunately, for many Americans, finding and choosing a high-quality treatment program can sometimes be just as hard. That’s why our network of accredited substance abuse treatment centers provides high-quality individualized drug and alcohol addiction treatment at every stage of the recovery process. From medical detox to inpatient treatment and aftercare services, Get Treatment has you covered.