In a recent interview, Brad Pitt talked about his split from Angelina Jolie and his past substance abuse problem and alcoholism.
“I’ve got no secrets,” Pitt told the Associated Press. According to Brad, not talking about our problems doesn’t help. “We’re human,” he stated, then went on to say that talking about these issues and the human condition is one of the steps to getting better.
What made him want to recover from drug addiction?
“I do remember a few spots along the road where I had become absolutely tired of myself. And this is a big one.” In the interview, Brad went on to say that those moments, where he recognizes that he really is tired of living the way he is living, are what propels him toward change.
“I can’t remember a day since I got out of college when I wasn’t boozing or had a spliff, or something.”
His decision to get clean didn’t come easy, but it came. The realization finally hit him that all of the things he was doing to modify his mental state were simply pacifiers. According to Brad, he was running from his feelings and using substances, especially cigarettes and alcohol, to “not have to deal” with those feelings.
When asked how he could drop it all, just like that, Brad replied, “I just don’t want to live that way anymore.” While he doesn’t mention it in his interview, there have also been reports that he attended drug rehab for addiction treatment as well. He’s no longer smoking marijuana, and while he admits to missing the taste of alcohol, especially wine from his winery, he knows that one drink is never enough for him. He even states in the interview that he tends to run things into the ground.
Like most individuals who struggle with drug addiction or alcoholism, our behavior is often extreme. We are all-in or all-out kind of people.
Brad Pitt’s Life Beyond Alcoholism
It’s been a year and a half since Brad Pitt said goodbye to the alcoholism and other substances that were hurting his life. He’s spent that time facing the feelings he once ran from and allowing himself to heal.
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, please give Gracious Care Recovery Solutions a call. We are here to help: