Needless to say, Gerard Butler has maintained quite an incredible career in the movie industry. From his first major role as the titular characters in Attila (2001) and Dracula 2000 (2000), the actor has cemented himself as an icon of action and drama and a heartthrob for the ladies. Overall, Butler’s boisterous manliness made him popular in tough-guy roles. In fact, his portrayal of King Leonidas in the smash-hit 300 (2006) has pretty much become a symbol of over-the-top action awesomeness. Add to that an incredible acting talent, and you can see why men and women adore Butler. However, as the actor points out, he didn’t always live the high life (at least not the healthy one). Let’s take a closer look at what he had to say about his past problems with alcoholism.

Good and Bad Addiction

In an interview with Men’s Journal, Gerard Butler discusses why he caved in and decided to get the help he needed at the Betty Ford Clinic. Overall, the actor explains that, simply put, he has an addictive personality, which can be a good thing or, in this case, a bad thing. Twelve years ago, Butler started taking prescription opioids after being injured during the filming of Shattered (2007) and expressed how the pain increased during the production of Coriolanus (2010). Later, as Butler explains, he took more and more of the drugs in an effort to make the pain stop.

A Bit of Spring Cleaning

In essence, Butler describes addiction therapy as “spring cleaning,” irritating and painful but definitely necessary. Likewise, he proudly reveals how he has not consumed a drop of alcohol for over 15 years (over 17 now). Although he explains that stronger people do not have to attend rehab, Butler still commends himself for going and believes it is one of the best decisions he could have made.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism

Alcohol abuse 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 alcohol. 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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