Robin Williams Reflects on Rehab

The webcast shows Robin Williams reflecting on his 60 day rehab in 2007 on Access Hollywood. He had been sober for 20 years. Robin Williams Enters Rehab for Alcohol

What made him quit? Two events: His first wife, Valerie, became pregnant with Zach and pal John Belushi died from a drug overdose just a few hours after Williams snorted a line of coke with him at a hotel.

“The Belushi tragedy was frightening,” Williams, who is also dad to daughter Zelda, 17, and son Cody, 14, with second wife Marsha, told People. “His death scared a whole group of show business people. It caused a big exodus from drugs. And for me there was the baby coming. I knew I couldn’t be a father and live that sort of life.”

Photo taken on 13 May 2005 by Charles Haynes

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After two decades of sobriety and success in his career and family life, what made Williams fall off the wagon?

“It’s [addiction] — not caused by anything, it’s just there,” Williams said. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.'”

Williams said he had spent two months “club medicated” in Oregon’s Hazelden Springbrook treatment center.

Williams said he had spent a couple of years thinking he could handle his alcohol problem on his own. “But you can’t. That’s the bottom line,” he said. “You really think you can, then you realize, I need help, and that’s the word.”

6 thoughts on “Robin Williams Reflects on Rehab

  1. You will only realize the worth of your own life when death comes staring at you in the face. In William’s case, it’s the death of a dear friend. Also, you will realize the gravity of the situation if your family’s already at stake. When you’re addicted to something, you may think you’re thinking about yourself when you’re not. Sure it makes you feel good and all, but you’ll never pause to think about the harm it’s doing to your body. You’re lucky if you realize it in the nick of time, when you can still turn things around. Addicts initially think that they could control it anytime but they have to be made aware that help is needed for healing and recovery. It takes a lot of courage and strength to admit you were wrong, accept help and seek recovery. It is only the strong who can rise from this adversity and inspire others to pick up from where they left off.

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