Anthony Hopkins took to social media to celebrate 47 years sober and shared an encouraging message for those struggling with alcoholism.
The Oscar-winning actor began saying that he wasn’t trying to be tough, but that he wanted to be helpful to those who may be struggling with addiction in the same way he was decades ago.
“I’m a recovering alcoholic, and for you I know there are people who are struggling in this day and age of cancellation and hatred and uncompromising, kids who are being bullied,” Hopkins said. “To this I say: be kind to yourself. Be nice. Stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you. Live your life. Be proud of your life.”
He went on to explain that 47 years ago he was in a “desperate situation, in desperation” and probably didn’t have long to live until one day he was lucky enough to recognize that something was wrong with him.
“But I didn’t realize it was some kind of condition, a mental, physical, emotional condition called alcoholism or addiction,” he continued. “I am not an expert on drugs. I’m not an expert in anything. I don’t know anything except that I’ve found a life where no one bullies me.”
Hopkins had a note specifically for young people who get knocked down, but also for others: “Don’t listen to them.” He also encouraged anyone struggling with addiction — or, really, any problem — to talk to someone they respect, whether it’s a counselor or, for those in need, a 12-step program.
“There are 12-step programs all over the world,” The father actor said. “Every city, every small town, every community, 12-step programs that can help you identify what you are. It costs nothing, but it gives you a whole new life.”
He concluded by saying that he is not a “benefactor” and that he is a “sinner” just like everyone else, but getting sober has helped him live the life he has now.
So wherever you are, get help. Don’t be ashamed. Be proud of yourself — whatever you do, don’t let anyone bring you down,” Hopkins said. “Celebrate yourself as I do myself, although I know nothing.”