Russell Brand on An Almost Relapse

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by Screedler on May 5, 2013

Found a post about recovery in my facebook friend feed today.  Believe it or not, not many of my friends talk about recovery on facebook.  So it must be a sign to share it with the rest of you.  It’s a really good piece by Russell Brand that appeared in The Spectator ( is that the British Version of the Daily Beast?).  In it he talks about many things including a recent relapse opportunity.  It’s  a hard subject to talk about, maybe even more so with years of sobriety on the line. Here’s some of it to peak your interest.   On Amy Winehouse:

What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple, it actually is simple, but it isn’t easy — it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence-based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. There are support fellowships that are easy to find and open to anyone who needs them, but they eschew promotion of any kind in order to preserve the purity of their purpose, which is for people with alcoholism and addiction to help one another stay clean and sober.

On AA:

Without these fellowships I would take drugs. Because even now the condition persists. Drugs and alcohol are not my problem — reality is my problem. Drugs and alcohol are my solution.

If this seems odd to you, it is because you are not an alcoholic or a drug addict. You are likely one of the 90 per cent of people who can drink and use drugs safely. I have friends who can smoke weed, swill gin, even do crack, and then merrily get on with their lives. For me this is not an option. I will relinquish all else to ride that buzz to oblivion. Even if it began as a timid glass of chardonnay on a ponce’s yacht, it would end with me necking the bottle, swimming to shore and sprinting to Bethnal Green in search of a crack house.

On family:

It is frustrating to love someone with this disease. A friend of mine’s brother cannot stop drinking. He gets a few months of sobriety and his family bask, relieved, in the joy of their returned loved one. His life gathers momentum, but then he somehow forgets the price of this freedom, returns to his old way of thinking, picks up a drink and Mr Hyde is back in the saddle. Once more his face is gaunt and hopeless. His family blame themselves and wonder what they could have done differently, racking their minds for a perfect sentiment wrapped up in the perfect sentence, a magic bullet. The fact is, though, that the sufferer must be a willing participant in their own recovery. They must not pick up a drink or drug. Just don’t pick it up — that’s all.

Read the whole thing to find out about his close encounter with the dreaded relapse.

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1 sally May 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

It is devastating for the family to watch their loved ones committed to recovery and then after a short while see them slip back to their old patterns! Parents must learn that it is up to the addict to want to make the change themselves to recover. To the family remember that enabling your loved one in addiction can be devastating to all members. Take a firm stance, educate yourself on how to detach with love and stay healthy.


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