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Tim Allen’s Dangerous Struggle With Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction


When it comes to his long and successful career, you might say that Tim Allen has gone “to infinity and beyond”. At the time, little was known about Tim Allen and his bouts with addiction. He has truly entertained the entire world. After rising to fame as a standup comedian, the actor landed the role of Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor. On the hit series Home Improvement he became a household name, especially after lending his voice to the iconic character Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/PIXAR hit Toy Story (a role he has continued to fill to this day).

From additional funny roles in Galaxy Quest and the holiday classic The Santa Clause, Allen had already cemented himself as a celebrity comedian, but what many of his fans may not realize is that he has been through worse than a few disgruntled casting disputes. Overall, Tim Allen has been at the forefront of drug crimes and suffered from severe addiction to alcohol and cocaine. Let’s find out more about his malady and see how he managed to pull through.

A Stint in Prison

Before he was the “Tool Man” Taylor, he had worn a uniform of a different kind in the 1970s. This is when he was convicted for felony drug trafficking. In an interview with Closer magazine, the comedian opens up about his arrest at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan (1978) for the possession of cocaine. After pleading guilty to two charges of drug trafficking, Allen spent 2 years and 4 months locked up in a federal prison (based in Minnesota) before he was released on parole in 1981. According to Allen, his time in prison brought a new sense of humility.

Coping with the Real World

Sometime later, in 1984, Allen married Laura Deibel. The couple had a daughter about 5 years later. After landing the role on Home Improvement, however, he quickly took another downward turn. He committed a DUI offense in 1998. Directly after the charges, he entered a rehab center to be treated for alcohol abuse.

Overall, Allen explains how he is no longer that guy that he was during Home Improvement. However, we are happy to tell you that, as of 2018, Tim Allen is 21 years sober from his addiction.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism  

For individuals suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism, the path to healing can sometimes feel like a distant flicker of light in the darkness. Sometimes, you may feel like you are sinking into the muck. Other times unable to reach your prize. However, you must stay strong and be patient. With the right resources and a little bit of love for yourself, you can easily overcome your sickness and become healthy once more.

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. We help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox. In addition, we guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

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. Learn how you can overcome your mental illness. Take that extra step toward becoming a healthier person.