When it comes to his long and successful career, you might say that Tim Allen has gone “to infinity and beyond” to entertain 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 and became a household name 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, the actor 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, 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, and the couple had a daughter about 5 years later. After landing the role on Home Improvement, however, he quickly took another downward turn after committing 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, he is 21 years sober.
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 and are 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 you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and 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 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.