By Eric King-
Russell Brand’s twitter message of gratitude after 16 years of liberation from the ugly claws of drug addiction has been chosen as our 2019 message to drug addicts in the Uk. Brand, a once controversial comedian with no boundaries to his selection of jokes, has mellowed down since having his two daughters to wife, Laura Gallacher.
The comedian was a known drug addict up until 2002, but overcome the addiction after confronting it through rehabilitation clinics. He eventually beat the addiction, and has stayed clean for nearly two decades since. His message, posted on the 13th of December, has been chosen by The Eye Of Media.Com as a message of inspiration to drug addicts, demonstrating that any addiction can be beaten. Brand writes about his war and victory over drug addiction:
”I remember being eggshell fragile this time 16 years ago, December 12th, the day before, 2002… Jesus. I’d scored two of each – two brown, that’s heroin – two white, that’s crack – it may be a little more, I can’t remember…
But anyway, I remember using it in Camden, hanging out at my various mates’ houses, none of whom were drug addicts, I was just sort of sneaking off to do drugs in their toilets.
And then […] I had the privilege of going to the twelve-step treatment centre, getting three months there – the hugs man, the hugs, the optimism. And then coming out and finding other support groups where people would sort me out, meeting mentors to hold my hand along the way, lights further down the path to look at, to guide me.
And now, 16 years, two daughters, married, dogs, peace of mind, not enslaved by the opinions of other people, not enslaved by ‘Aw, if I could get more money, if I could get more fame, if I could get more sex.’
All of the things that get me off, drinks and drugs, can be worked in every area of my life. And 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. And some of it, deeply practical – just asking [for] help from other people that are further down the path than you.
I was a proper smack-head, crack-head, and look at me now! No smack, no crack, still problems, still crazy, I mean look at that [pointing to his hair], that should have been tended to before putting a video up. But I have freedom now, and you can have freedom too.
Although Brand beat drug addiction, he continued to display symptoms of mental health issues which can be caused by drug abuse, even years after giving it up. Mental health issues can be addressed through treatment, and a conscious reflection of one’s tendencies and attitudes. However, his success in beating drug addiction shows that even for chronic addicts, enslaved by drug addiction, there is hope. Thousands of drug addicts in Britain are resigned to a life of hopelessness, chasing drugs endlessly and completely ruining their lives in the process. They rob and steal to support their habit, and have no sense of meaningful direction at all in their lives.
Sixteen years is a long time to stay away from a habit that once ruled an individual’s life, which is why Band deserves a salute for his victory over drugs. He could be a brilliant ambassador for the promoting the idea of abstaining from drugs, provided he stays on the straight and narrow, and avoids below the belt jokes which will ruin his image. Brand goes into another year, totally clean, a year we hope other addicts will use to beat their addiction.