Sir Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the most recognizable faces in
show business today, whether on screen or on stage. From roles
in horror and suspense films, to powerful parts in some of the
most emotional drams of our age, Hopkins is synonymous with fantastic
acting. However, this was not always the case.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
At one point in his life, Hopkins felt as if he was squandering
his life away on alcohol. He felt useless, hopeless, and was more
than troubled. But how did he overcome his struggle with addiction?
Read on to find out more about Hopkins' transformation to the
man we all respect today.
Struggling with Alcohol
Hopkins struggled for years with alcoholism. Sometime in the
1960s, Hopkins became extremely addicted to and dependent upon
alcohol. The actor admits to feeling like a failure in his early
stage and film career. This feeling of failure dredged up pain
from his past, pain which the star tried desperately to end with
the help of a bottle.
He soon found that his self-medication had exploded into substance
abuse, and he felt there was little he could do to help himself.
He even began drinking on the sets of movies he was acting in,
began to get a bad reputation as an actor because of his alcoholism,
and likely may have lost some important roles because of his readily
spreading reputation as an addict.
How Hopkins Overcame His Addiction
At some point, Hopkins realized that his addiction had spiraled
so far out of control that he could no longer recall what he had
done the night previous. In the 1970s, Hopkins began to actively
seek treatment for his addiction. He began attending Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings, and would speak to other former and fellow
addicts about his struggles.
Anthony Hopkins in the Movie Silence of the
While there, he asked others for advice. One of the fellow attendees
of the meetings urged Hopkins to help others, believing that if
someone helped others overcome issues, they could, in-turn, have
a better chance of overcoming their own struggles. Hopkins latched
onto this idea, and began volunteering at homeless shelters.
He would pass out meals, presents on holidays, and even gave
acting classes. This volunteering, teaching, and mentoring, paired
with a renewed relationship with God, helped Hopkins to overcome
his addiction to alcohol. He has now been sober for years, and
has experienced massive success.
Hopkins' Life since Winning His Battle
Since winning this battle with addiction, Hopkins has experienced
astronomical success as an actor on both the stage and the screen.
There is no doubt that this struggle helped to make him the successful
man he is today. Hopkins has starred in many movies, won numerous
awards, and has become the recognizable face we all know since
the 1970s. Who is to say that if Hopkins would have continued
down the road of addiction, we would know him at all? It is very
likely that Hopkins would have never become famous if he would
not have overcome his addiction.
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