Aaron Sorkin’s Battle With Addiction

Celebrity status is hard to come by as a Hollywood writer. People are more focused on the actors, directors, singers and producers. It’s Aaron Sorkin’s complex screenplays and quick-witted dialogue that made him famous. His resume includes A Few Good Men, television’s The West Wing, and The Social Network. He currently writes for HBO’s series, The Newsroom.

Sorkin’s Drug Addiction

Aaron-Sorkin-Drug-AddictionBehind all his excellent work, however, is a man who has had very real and very public struggles with drug addiction. He struggled with cocaine in the 90s, resulting in rehab and then a relapse in 2001. As a drug addict, Sorkin’s take on rehab is interesting and quite scary:

“I had no intention of rehab working. I just thought it would be good to put 28 days between me and drugs. There were fortune cookie sayings on the walls at Hazelden, and I’m not susceptible to those things. But I’ve never seen anything work as well.” (source)

Sorkin gives a real insight into his mindset during his addiction and how he saw opportunities to use when he had time.

“Julia [his wife at the time] was away, and I had a window where I could fly to Vegas on a Friday, get high all night, and then return to L.A. the next day. I’d do this three times a year, and it was amazing I never got caught.”

His Regrets

Sorkin was arrested at a checkpoint in 2001. In his possession was hallucinogenic mushrooms, rock cocaine, and marijuana (source). At the time he was writing for The West Wing, and continued to do so. His felony drug charges were dropped when he was ordered to go back to rehab. Sorkin got lucky.

Sorkin, naturally, wished he’d never tried drugs. He knew he was going down a path he never wished to be on. He feared that his work would suffer because drugs were part of his writing routine (source). Luckily, in the now, more than ten years of sobriety, Sorkin can still function as a writer, and even won an Academy Award for his work on The Social Network.

Get Help. Don’t get lucky.

Not everyone can have the good fortune of going to rehab like Sorkin did, especially after felony drug charges. The best thing to do is not get yourself in this position. Get tested for drugs at any of the ARCpoint Labs locations. Let us help you kick your habit to the curb before it takes a toll on your life.

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44 Comments to “Aaron Sorkin’s Battle With Addiction”

  1. Arcpoint Labs of Richmond 5 March 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    This is a story with a good outcome. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. It is sad to see that he wasted so much time on drugs and trying to get sober. Now he can focus on living a life to be proud of.

  2. The Hydeman Company 6 March 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Wow, his story is pretty intense. Great read.

  3. Arcpoint Labs of Des Moines 7 March 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Some celebrities do get lucky and are able to pull themselves out of the addiction. It is always a better idea to get help.

  4. J. Casson Mortgage Planning 7 March 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    It’s sad to see celebrities with so much talent get caught up with drugs.

  5. Law Office of Leslie Williams 11 March 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Mr. Sorkin was completely lucky to have these charges dropped, and attend rehab. Glad to see that in this case, there is some what of a happy ending, instead of something much more tragic.

  6. David Wiesemann Remax 11 March 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I wish I knew why people result to going to drugs. It’s such a sad story.

  7. Performance Trucks 11 March 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    It sounds like getting arrested was enough for him to get straight. Unlike some celebrities…couch cough Lindsey Lohan.

  8. TITLE Boxing Club of Tampa 11 March 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Many times it takes someone hitting rock bottom to make a real change. I’m glad to read that he’s made real headway with his problem.

  9. LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing 11 March 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Get Help, Don’t Get Lucky is a powerful message to those who may be at risk for or are already dealing with these these issues.

  10. ARCpoint Labs of Cuyahoga Falls 11 March 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    It is sad that people don’t start having regrets until they get caught. Better late than never I suppose.

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