From the very first moment he made his appearance in movies and television, actor Joe Manganiello pretty much met the bill of the male heartthrob. Meeting all standards of the dark, good-looking charmer, the actor ascended from a minor role as bully Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002) to a major role of Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s True Blood (2008-2014), earning him the title of one of the “100 Fittest Men of All Time.” In recent years, though, Manganiello wowed (mostly female) audiences with his portrayal of a male stripper named Richie in Magic Mike (2012), and is currently set to play the villainous Deathstroke after a cameo in Justice League (2017). However, at one point in his life, the actor battled monsters of a different sort (not just shape-shifters). Let’s take a closer look at what Joe Manganiello had to say about his problems with alcoholism.

Living on the Streets

Although one of the Sexiest Men Alive is now happily married and living the dream, Joe Manganiello describes a time when his life was far from glorious. Although he has been sober for over 15 years, the actor comments that this battle with alcoholism is ongoing and requires a full-time commitment. In an interview with Haute Living (July/August cover), Manganiello explains that he turned into an addict at a very young age and had hit rock bottom during his 20s. According to him, he had been jobless and homeless, living on the streets.

Making Big Changes

JOE MANGANIELLO DESCRIBES ADDICTION AS AN ONGOING BATTLE Overall, the actor and writer is not shy about sharing his story with the world. In fact, he wants his struggles to serve as a warning and inspiration to others. Ultimately, he also credits his relationship with actress Sofia Vergara, of Modern Family, to be another high point of his life, as she completely keeps him grounded and disciplined. Although living a normal life seems very foreign in contrast to the Hollywood lifestyle, Manganiello is determined to give himself and his wife a normal, centered life.

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.