Russell Brand Celebrates 16 Years in Recovery

Life is way too short to stay stuck in an Eeyore like prose for the remainder of your days. What little bit of it we have should be enjoyed with love, fun, and laughter. Laughing is, and will always be, the best form of therapy one can find. Laughter soothes the soul. It builds relationships. It even provides a living for some who can provoke it.

Now, most of us who are avid fans of comedy are familiar with Russell Brand. We’ve seen the likes of his witty, sarcastic charm in many a movie. From original flics like ‘Saving Sarah Marshall’, to spinoffs like ‘Get Him to the Greek’, or even remakes of old classic films like ‘Arthur’, the actor’s eccentric ways grab most people’s attention whether you like it or not.

Not only does he help by delivering abdominal tightening comicals to so many, but he is also a vegan as well as an activist for many different movements. One of those, that many people aren’t aware of, is recovery. Russell Brand has been sober since December of 2002 and recently celebrates 16 years in recovery. The selfless comedian promotes sobriety in multiple outlets and is always avid about the need for alcoholism awareness. Even if you don’t find him to be humorous, one must admit he is inspirational at the very least.


Russell Brand Explains Addiction       

Anyone who is in recovery knows that it isn’t easy. Recovery takes a lot of introspection and correcting of one’s character defects. It teaches us that many of our character defects can be attributed to alcoholism(for those that deal with the dreaded disease). It can be applied to gambling, sex, food, relationships and much more. It’s almost like an idea, even though it is very much an illness that can’t be forgotten.   

He breaks it down, “Addiction is when natural biological imperatives, like the need for food, sex, relaxation or status, become prioritized to the point of destructiveness. It is exacerbated by a culture that understandably exploits this mechanic as it’s a damn good way to sell Mars bars and Toyotas”. Makes it seem much simpler when put into those words huh? Of course, nothing about addiction is simple, yet he provides a different perception that creates an elementary painted picture. Seems like he talks the talk as well as walks it.


16 Years in Recovery

Russell Brand clearly embodies somebody who was once a junkie of despair. Even he himself calls that spade a spade. Stated in a video he uploaded to social media for his sobriety birthday, the actor exclaims, I remember being eggshell fragile, this time sixteen years ago. On 12 December, the day before, 2002… Jesus. I’d scored two brown – that’s heroin, two white – that’s crack. It may be a little more, I can’t remember. Just tryna, need to big up my last use, but anyway I remember using it in Camden. I would have been hanging out with my various mates’ houses, none of whom were drug addicts, I was just sort of sneaking off to do drugs in their toilets.” Sound familiar to anyone?

Then he goes on to say, “And now, 16 years, two daughters, married, dogs, peace of mind, not enslaved by the opinion of others, not enslaved by, ‘Aw, if I could get more money, if I could get more fame, if I could get more sex. All the things that get me off drink and drugs can be worked in every area of my life”.

Those words right there are what give meaning to recovery. Addiction is a disease that causes an imprisonment of the mind. Recovery is the escapement of that captivity. Once the mind is opened to “what is”, the possibilities of “what can be” become endless. In a sense of words, it’s a freeing of self from everything that has held you back before. Recovery can help:

  • Improve Physical/Mental Health
  • Better Our Relationships
  • Create Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Lessen Problems in Life
  • Transform Negativity

The sky is definitely the limit if you’re willing to put in the work. Russell Brand celebrating 16 years in recovery is blatant proof that it works if you work it.


At the End of the Day

At the end of his birthday video he recorded for his 16 years in recovery, he concludes with,“Those of you that are struggling with drink, drugs, food, sex, porn, bad relationships, other people’s opinions, all of these things you can be liberated from. First, you have to admit it’s a problem. Then, you have to believe it’s possible to change. Then you have to ask for and accept help. Some of that can be metaphysical – help from perfect consciousness – within you and without you.

“Some of it deeply practical… just asking help from other people that are further down the path than you. I was a proper smackhead, crackhead. Look at me now. No smack, no crack. Still problems, still crazy … But I have freedom now. And you can have freedom too.” For a man known mostly for his comedic appearances, you wouldn’t expect such wisdom to come from his lips. Then again, that’s from the outside looking in. Seems like 16 years of humility in the making if you ask me.