When it comes to iconic character actors, Colin Farrell has definitely cemented himself as a bonafide talent in the film industry. Since his humble beginnings in British films in the 90s, the actor finally landed a major role in Joel Schumacher’s Tigerland (2000) and would later obtain a role in the psychological thriller Phone Booth (2002), also directed by Schumacher. Of course, Farrell later gained fame for his incredible work in dramatic films, ranging from an appearance in Minority Report (2002) to an award-winning role in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges (2008). From a notorious role in Alexander (2004) to his work in the Harry Potter franchise’s spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Farrell has definitely become an icon of Hollywood. However, as the actor himself has pointed out, he can easily look back on a time in his life when he suffered from a severe case of addiction. Let’s take a closer look and see why he described his malady as a “garden variety sickness.”

Living on the Edge

In an interview with The Independent in 2017, Farrell exposed details about his rampant case of drug addiction with reporters. At the start of his breakout Hollywood career, the Irish-born actor had not only gained fame for his incredible acting abilities but also became notorious for his ridiculously hard partying.

In fact, some of his antics could have resulted in his death. As Farrell himself points out, after the fallout from the box office failure Alexander, he went on a binge drinking spree at Lake Tahoe. While drunk, he thought wearing a ski mask would be an excellent way to hide his identity from the press, but the police were less than convinced by a man who looked like a robber. Later, in a 2009 interview, Farrell explained that his nosediving career was the wake-up call he needed to get into shape.

Just Like the Everyman

Ultimately, Farrell explains that he is not just a movie star who suffers from addiction. He is also a man who, sadly, shares a sickness with millions of people. After looking back at his antics, the actor acknowledges that he suffered from “garden variety” addiction but emphasized how rehab made him a happier and healthier person. Farrell adds that his mother finally got the best sleep of her life after he announced he was clean.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism

Drug addiction and alcoholism are unfortunate aspects of reality. Imagine the pain a person experiences on a daily basis as they cope with their attachment to a dangerous substance like booze. As easy as it may be to attempt to walk away from a substance that has taken its hold over you, though, you have to remember that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Addiction is not your fault and never will be.

If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction or alcoholism, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you overcome your attachment to dangerous drugs and alcoholic drinks.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.


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