The “Gift of Alcoholism” Made Him a Better Person, Says Rob Lowe

When most celebrities speak about their experience with alcoholism, it is not with fondness.

The same can’t be said for Rob Lowe, who struggled with addiction during his time in the 80’s “Brat Pack.”

When celebrating 25 years of sobriety recently, the former Parks and Recreation star said that “the gift of alcoholism” had improved him as a person — particularly because of his recovery.

According to Lowe: “Being in recovery has given me everything of value that I have in my life. Integrity, honesty, fearlessness, faith, a relationship with God, and most of all gratitude.

“It’s given me a beautiful family and an amazing career. I’m under no illusions where I would be without the gift of alcoholism and the chance to recover from it.”

The comments were made at the Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular in Beverly Hills, California. Lowe was awarded the Spirit of Sobriety award at that time. Also in attendance were his wife, Sheryl, and 19-year old son, John Owen.

His wife’s support has helped Lowe get and remain sober. “She inspired me to get sober. She’s put up with my defects of character as they call it. In sobriety the lessons keep coming if you’re lucky enough to be along as long as I have.

“She’s stood by through all of that. And I love you very much,” Lowe told his wife during his acceptance speech.

Kudos to Lowe for staying sober and becoming a role model from people nationwide who are working through their addiction.

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