Robin Williams’ Struggles with Addiction

By now, you know that comedy legend Robin Williams passed away on Monday, August 11. Williams was discovered in his Tiburon, CA home, dead by an apparent suicide.

Fans worldwide have expressed grief and disbelief over Williams’ passing, but to those more familiar with his struggles with addiction and depression, the news may not have been so surprising.

Robin Williams: a Timeline of Addiction

Early ’80s: Struggles After Mork & Mindy

Williams’ struggles with addiction date back 30+ years. After starring in Mork & Mindy, Williams dealt with cocaine and alcohol abuse. In the past, Williams said he used cocaine as “a place to hide.”

Quitting Cold Turkey

Williams was inspired to quit cold turkey after his close friend John Belushi died. Williams was actually with Belushi the night that he was binging on cocaine and heroin — a night that ended in Belushi’s death. Also, Williams was an expectant father, and he decided to stop his substance abuse for his son. As he told People magazine, “I knew I couldn’t be a father and live that sort of life.”

2006 Relapse & Rehab

With 20 years of sobriety under his belt, Williams’ 2006 relapse was tragic. He began drinking heavily again. Fortunately, his son, Zak, again pulled him out of addiction, convincing Williams to go to rehab.

July 2014

Early this summer, Williams checked into a “renewal center” to focus on his emotional health and continued sobriety. His rep explained that the actor had not relapsed, but that he wanted to take advantage of a break in his schedule and take a “retreat.”

Rest in Peace, Robin

Williams’ struggle with depression no doubt fueled his addiction. Along with his millions of fans worldwide, we wish his family peace in their time of mourning.

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