Brad Pitt Opens Up About Alcohol Addiction

Brad Pitt Opens Up About Alcohol Addiction

The avoidance of pain is a real mistake. It’s the real missing out on life. It’s those very things that shape us, those very things that offer growth, that make the world a better place, oddly enough, ironically. That make us better.Brad Pitt

In a new interview with GQ Magazine, Brad Pitt talks about his struggle with excessive drinking and his desire to get sober for once and for all. His split from actress Angelina Jolie last year came as a shock to many, and now the actor is revealing the reasons behind his divorce and his decision to quit drinking.

In the interview, Pitt mentions how he can’t remember a day after college when he didn’t drink or smoke pot or “something”. Describing how he was able to leave the drugs behind, but not the alcohol, Pitt said, “I stopped everything except boozing when I started my family. But even this last year, you know—things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem,” he said.

Excessive Drinking can Happen to Anyone

What started out for Pitt as the occasional glass of wine and hit of a joint to relax quickly turned into a daily occurrence that quickly became disastrous and unmanageable. Unfortunately, the actor is just one of the millions of Americans who struggle with over-drinking on a daily basis.

I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good.Brad Pitt

Binge drinking is the most common type of excessive drinking in the United States. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that 15.1 million adults in the U.S. had an an alcohol use disorder (AUD). And 26.9 percent of adults reported binge drinking in the past month.

Substance use disorders don’t just occur overnight, it can often take months or even years before someone hits rock bottom and acknowledges they need help. The saddest part about the disease of addiction is how it destroys families, relationships, and entire communities. Many addicts end up losing all their money, their jobs, homes, and their significant relationships as a result of substance abuse.

How Brad Pitt Decided Enough was Enough

Over the past six months, stories of Pitt’s chaotic family life and divorce have been all over the tabloids. He admitted in his interview with GQ that this “weird” time in his life had been “self-inflicted.” In September of last year things came to a head when an FBI investigation was launched after an altercation he reportedly had with one of his children on a private plane. The interviewer described Pitt’s life in a free fall after that point.

I do remember a few spots along the road where I’ve become absolutely tired of myself. And this is a big one. These moments have always been a huge generator for change. And I’m quite grateful for it. Brad Pitt

Pitt revealed he has been working with a therapist for six months, and has completely given up alcohol. When asked he dropped it so easily, he responded, “Don’t want to live that way anymore.”

 How Speaking Up About Addiction Can Save Lives

Pitt’s candor about his personal struggles with alcohol abuse can serve as a reminder that no one is too rich, too talented, too smart or too powerful to not be affected by this disease. It affects people from all backgrounds, regardless of socioeconomic standing, education, gender or ethnicity.

Ryan Hampton, Contributor to the Huffington Post and recovering addict himself, wrote “Brad Pitt’s openness and honesty show the importance of recovering out loud. Addiction and substance use thrive in the dark – by opening up, and sharing our stories, we not only help other people by erasing the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction. We also help ourselves by living our recovery without shame and by treating it like what it is: part of us and part of our lives.”

Brad Pitt realizes that his mistakes make him who he is, and that facing his struggles, and learning from them is the best thing he can do for himself and for his children.

In the end, you find: I am those things I don’t like. That is a part of me. I can’t deny that. I have to accept that. And in fact, I have to embrace that. I need to face that and take care of that. Because by denying it, I deny myself. I am those mistakes. For me every misstep has been a step toward epiphany, understanding, some kind of joy. Brad Pitt

Get Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

At Get Treatment, we understand the struggles of alcoholism, and we are dedicated to helping Americans across the country get their lives back from this debilitating disease. Our top-rated alcohol addiction treatment centers provide individualized and comprehensive treatment plans that utilize both evidenced-based and holistic therapies. Call us today at 855-638-9268 and speak to an admission coordinator for a free and confidential assessment and insurance verification.

Erica Loret de Mola

Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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