Go Back   SoberRecovery : Alcoholism Drug Addiction Help and Information > New to Addiction and Recovery? > Newcomers to Recovery
Forgot Password? Join Us!
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Arcade Mark Forums Read Chat Room [16]


Welcome to the Sober Recovery Community

Already registered? Login above ---^
OR
To take advantage of all Posting, Chatting, Gaming, and all the features available at SoberRecovery, join the over 100,000 current members, and become a member of our supportive community today! Ads will no longer appear on the forums, once you register.



Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 05-31-2006, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kansas City,MO
Posts: 17
Famous People

Hi
I have decided to start the road to recovery, I come from a family of alcoholics. My Grandfather was an alcoholic who was an AA member and sober for the last 30 years of his life (he died at when he was 85). My stepfather is an alcoholic who has been sober and in AA for the last 16 years. I wish I could learn from the past but apparently not. I am 28 and have been drinking for the last 8 years. At the beginning of this year I thought I would take a break and was able to go 111 days without drinking but six weeks ago in a moment of weakness I drank. Now I find that it is hard to get away from the stuff. Tomorrow I am going to go to my first AA meeting. I don't know how I will be accepted. I work for a liquor company stocking the shelves. I never want to drink because of this, as a matter of fact it has led me to believe that I should stop drinking. I see the people who come in to buy the product. No offense, I hope. One of the things that is helping me choose this path has been putting together a list of famous people who have given up (or in some cases never taken up) the sauce. I think about this because I want to become a filmmaker. So far I have a small list that I would like anyone to add to. My list is limited mainly to actors but please feel free to add anyone from high profile fields like sports and politics. I want to thank everyone on this site in advance and ask you to wish me luck as I wish it to everyone else who is taking what seems to be the impossible step. Below is the beginning of the list, I would like to include famous people living or passed on. These are people who have made public that they do not drink. Some of them never have, and some of them are recovering. I like to think of this list as encouragement and I hope it offends no one.
The List Begins
Sarah Silverman Actress/Comediann
Samual L. Jackson Actor
Stephen King Author
Doyle Von Frankenstien Muscian
Colin Quinn Comedian
John Spencer Actor
Phillip Seymore Hoffman Actor
Kevin Smith Director
Mel Gibson Actor/Director
beyondbedlam is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to beyondbedlam For This Useful Post:
808state (11-03-2011), GodsHolyWill (03-15-2011), lookinforward (03-16-2011)
Old 05-31-2006, 11:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
Don't get undies in a bunch
 
best's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: South Shore MA
Posts: 7,161
Your grandfather and step father need be on that list..
Now how will they accept you? Same way they would accept me...with open arms and a willingness to help.

I know bartenders who are sober and I know bartenders who are not.
Stock a shelf or pour a shot...Both would be accepted at a meeting.
Only requirement...A desire to stop.
__________________
* I asked God to spare me pain.
God said "No", Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.


Recovery Related Acronym

B. E. S. T. = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today?
best is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to best For This Useful Post:
KaeHot323 (09-13-2012), lookinforward (03-16-2011), ste (03-16-2011)
Old 05-31-2006, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
1 bite&all resistance crumbles
 
Cathy31's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: IRELAND
Posts: 2,182
Hi Bedlam,

Sarah Silverman Actress/Comediann
Samual L. Jackson Actor
Stephen King Author
Doyle Von Frankenstien Muscian
Colin Quinn Comedian
John Spencer Actor
Phillip Seymore Hoffman Actor
Kevin Smith Director
Mel Gibson Actor/Director
Marian Keyes Author
Anthony Kiedis Red Hot Chilli Peppers Singer
Robbie Williams Singer
Mary J Blige Singer
Elton John Singer
Melanie Griffiths Actor

Gosh, there are so many, those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head!
You are sooo doing the right thing with the meeting! You will be welcomed with open arms!! Let us know how you get on, and take a read on the AA forum too.

Love
Cathy31
x
Cathy31 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Anna's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Dancing in the Light
Posts: 33,871
I think it's great when a person in the public eye, speaks out and shows people that he/she is living a sober life and that it can be done.

Kitty Dukakis
Patty Duke
Demi Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
Ali McGraw
Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman)
Tom Arnold
Ann-Margaret
Dick Van Dyke
Dylan Thomas
Eric Clapton
__________________



Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Anna is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2006, 11:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
Forward we go...side by side
 
CarolD's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Serene In Dixie
Posts: 37,599
Welcome to SR!

It's great to see you p;anning a new sober life.
Congratulations!

Betty Ford...she started recovery as the First Lady
Robin Williams
William Shatner
Elizabeth Taylor
Dr. Bob Smith
Bill Wilson
__________________
Each Day Sober Is A Victory!!
Joy In AA Recovery!

CarolD is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 01:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
Trying to do the right thing.
 
Arura's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: London
Posts: 4,354
hi, folks william shatner not captain kirk..
learn something new everyday. Its good to read people getting it off ther chest.We all need abit of that from time to time.
i messed up abit yesterday . got pissed but i'm hangin out
for the chemist this morning............

hi Anna, thanks for your comitment to others.
if we don't help each other were not gona be able to get through it.
things like isolating,anger,hate,tears.......we all do them.
why not ungerstand it...
samuel coldridge...
Arura is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 02:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
1 bite&all resistance crumbles
 
Cathy31's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: IRELAND
Posts: 2,182
US President George Bush...does not drink alcohol any longer. I loved what he said once (am actually quite a fan, think he is very decent, as is Tony Blair!) I stopped drinking alcohol because it was competing with/ sapping my energy. I thought he put that really well. It is SUCH an energy sapper!
Cathy31 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Cathy31 For This Useful Post:
Andi (03-05-2012), BadCompany (11-03-2011), LaceUp (09-13-2012), Lind (01-21-2012), pooky (11-02-2012)
Old 06-01-2006, 05:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
igfan's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 782
how about........

Aerosmith
Doc Severenson
Grace Slick
igfan is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 05:54 AM   #9 (permalink)
Still learning; ever grateful
 
daddysgirl29's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 842
Morning! Here's another one: Ben Affleck

p.s. congrats on your decision to stop drinking!!
__________________
daddysgirl29
_____________________________________________
When in doubt, look up!
daddysgirl29 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 06:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
BSPGirl's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2005
Location: Nowhere
Posts: 889
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cathy31
US President George Bush...does not drink alcohol any longer. I loved what he said once (am actually quite a fan, think he is very decent, as is Tony Blair!) I stopped drinking alcohol because it was competing with/ sapping my energy. I thought he put that really well. It is SUCH an energy sapper!
You must be about the only fan of those two left...

Anyway, good luck, beyondbedlam! Oh and welcome to SR!
BSPGirl is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to BSPGirl For This Useful Post:
808state (11-03-2011), Andi (03-05-2012), BillyPilgrim (02-07-2012), CaiHong (11-03-2011), ChasingJme03 (07-01-2012), freshstart57 (09-14-2012), jennikate (09-14-2012), JoeStrummer (03-15-2011), justhadenough (02-06-2012), least (11-04-2011)
Old 06-01-2006, 06:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
Still learning; ever grateful
 
daddysgirl29's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 842
__________________
daddysgirl29
_____________________________________________
When in doubt, look up!
daddysgirl29 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 07:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
Still learning; ever grateful
 
daddysgirl29's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: VA
Posts: 842
beyondbedlam - are you looking for those who have been to treatment and stopped or those that never drank in the first place?
__________________
daddysgirl29
_____________________________________________
When in doubt, look up!
daddysgirl29 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 07:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
Member
 
leviathon's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Somwhere over the rainbow
Posts: 1,175
Not sure of the actors name but I know the lead actor in "Fraser" struggled seriously with alcoholism. Not sure of his status, but as it was making the papers for a long while and then it stopped, I assume he is on the wagon.
__________________
Hope springs eternal!
leviathon is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 07:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Anna's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Dancing in the Light
Posts: 33,871
Kelsey Grammer!
__________________



Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Anna is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 08:26 AM   #15 (permalink)
Trying to do the right thing.
 
Arura's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: London
Posts: 4,354


Oliver read
george best
Arura is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 08:38 AM   #16 (permalink)
Member
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: CO
Posts: 2
Don't forget Christopher Lawford Kennedy. Have you read his memoir, "Symptoms of Withdrawal"? It's definitely worth a read.
6402 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 08:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Anna's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Dancing in the Light
Posts: 33,871
I saw him on Larry King and he is a very impressive person!
__________________



Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
Anna is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2006, 10:48 AM   #18 (permalink)
My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter
 
hector's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Western Canada
Posts: 340
John Laroquette

Craig Nelson

I have tapes of roundup speeches from each.
beyond, AA will welcome you. It's what we do. We all went to our first meeting once.

I've been sober over 17 years. Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together.
__________________


Rocket scientist, how insulting! - Sheldon, Big Bang Theory


How do you eat an elephant? .......... One bite at a time. :
hector is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to hector For This Useful Post:
pooky (11-02-2012)
Old 06-02-2006, 01:20 PM   #19 (permalink)
1 bite&all resistance crumbles
 
Cathy31's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: IRELAND
Posts: 2,182
Thumbs down

Quote:
Originally Posted by Arura


Oliver read
george best

Unfortunately both Oliver and Georgie only stopped drinking because ... their drinking killed them and now they are dead!
Cathy31 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2006, 01:51 PM   #20 (permalink)
Member
 
golf99's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: MIDCOAST NH
Posts: 327
Quote:
Originally Posted by BSPGirl
You must be about the only fan of those two left...

Anyway, good luck, beyondbedlam! Oh and welcome to SR!

I'm a fan!
And I bet the thousands of people that had family members killed by Saddam Hussein are fans as well.


golf99 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to golf99 For This Useful Post:
Cathy31 (02-13-2012), LaceUp (09-13-2012), Lind (01-21-2012), MegTheRunner (11-02-2012)
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:24 PM.


 
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers
 
Drug Rehab | Best Treatment Center | Detox Center | Residential Treatment Center
Cocaine/Crack Treatment | Alcohol Rehab | Heroin/Oxycontin Treatment Center | Crystal Meth Treatment | Marijuana Treatment | Methadone Treatment | Suboxone Treatment
 
Local Treatment Resources and Events
 
Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | DC | Delaware
Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine
Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire
New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island
South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennesee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

© 2013 Internet Brands. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Health Disclaimer
A proud member of the SoberRecovery® Network of Addiction and Recovery Websites