If someone you care about has developed a drinking problem, you may fear that this habit will prevent them from achieving what they want in life, whether it’s a family, a career or some other means of fulfillment. However, as bleak as things may seen when an alcoholic is at their worst, recovery is always a possibility, and may lead to even greater accomplishments.
There are some incredibly successful individuals who you may never have suspected had a substance abuse problem. Recently, for example, Bruce Willis opened up to GQ magazine about his past issue with alcohol consumption. Willis reportedly developed a drinking problem when he was hired as a spokesperson for Seagrams wine coolers in the early 80’s.
According to reports, Willis abandoned his spokesperson role in 1988 when it was clear that his drinking was becoming an issue. The famed actor joined Alcoholics Anonymous and went entirely sober – though he told GQ that he now occasionally indulges in a glass of wine with dinner.
“Once I realized that I wasn’t gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day … I have wine now, mostly when I eat,” he said in the magazine interview.
As Willis’ story shows, it is possible to regain control of your life after alcoholism. Unfortunately, though, not every alcoholic is as honest with others – or themselves – about the depth of their abuse. If someone you love needs help battling this addiction, an alcohol interventionist may be able to help. By holding an alcohol abuse intervention, you can voice your concerns and provide the support your friend, relative or child needs to overcome their drinking habit.