Let’s learn about the 62-year-old actor’s past struggles and success in battling his problem.
1. It’s Not Because He Fell Off the Wagon
— [ Celeb News ] (@getinsideceleb) July 1, 2014
This picture was taken at a Dairy Queen which is very close to Hazeldon Addiction Treatment Center near Lindstrom, Minnesota.
The actor is at The Lodge program there.
The program is described as a place that “participants who have years of recovery come to tune up spiritually, do inventory step work, focus on issues of sponsorship, and recommit to their program of action.”
On the center’s website, they explain their mission as:
Hazelden, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, helps individuals, families, and communities struggling with alcohol abuse, substance abuse, and drug addiction transform their lives. Our locations across the United States help people at all stages of the treatment and recovery process, supporting them with our Twelve Step-based model that is the modern standard for addiction treatment and recovery services.
2. He Stopped Drugs & Alcohol in the ’80s
According to the Guardian, Williams was a “big-drinking cocaine addict.”
He quit before his son was born in 1983, and stayed sober for 20 years. He cited one of the wake up calls he had at the time to be the death of his friend John Belushi.
His rep told TMZ that now he is just trying to reinforce all his hard work:
After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud.
3. He Had a Setback in ’03 & Went to Rehab in ’06
While he was making a movie in Alaska, he felt the urge to drink resurface.
He told the Guardian about his relapse:
I was in a small town where it’s not the edge of the world, but you can see it from there, and then I thought: drinking. I just thought, hey, maybe drinking will help. Because I felt alone and afraid. It was that thing of working so much, and going fuck, maybe that will help. And it was the worst thing in the world.
He did not return to cocaine at that time, stating, “I knew that would kill me.”
In 2006, he checked into Oregon’s Hazelden Springbrook treatment center. He realized that he couldn’t control his drinking on his own.
“But you can’t. That’s the bottom line. You really think you can, then you realize, I need help, and that’s the word,” he told Diane Sawyer.
4. His Drinking Was the Reason for His Divorce
His second marriage, to Marsha Garces, ended in 2009, and Williams blames his excessive drinking.
After almost 19 years of marriage, they filed for divorce in 2008, citing irreconcilable differences.
You know, I was shameful, and you do stuff that causes disgust, and that’s hard to recover from. You can say, ‘I forgive you’ and all that stuff, but it’s not the same as recovering from it. It’s not coming back.
5. He’s in Good Spirits
— Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) July 1, 2014
The actor tweeted this on July 1, in anticipation of U.S. playing Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.