Pat O'Brien is a well known sportscaster and television personality
who is arguably best known for his work on Access Hollywood
and The Insider. However, as prominently known as he is
for his career, it has been his addictions which have garnered
the most news in recent years.
O'Brien had already admitted an addiction to alcohol from which
he is currently in recovery, but his recently released book, "I'll
Be Right Back After This" revealed a number of new addictions
and incredible tales that have caught many people by surprise.
The History of Pat O'Brien's Addictions
O'Brien's well documented recovery from alcohol addiction turned
out to be merely one in a series of addictions that he has suffered
from over the years. In the late 1970s when O'Brien was first
making a name for himself as a news reporter in Hollywood, he
confessed to having a cocaine addiction which actually helped
him through his work.
Cocaine followed by drinking was his daily fuel that got him
through his stories and as he reports, O'Brien never missed a
day at work. He managed his cocaine habit until it got out of
control when doing a story in Bogota, Columbia about cocaine trafficking.
By the early 1980's, O'Brien's cocaine habit was more than getting
the best of him, especially when combined with alcohol. It all
came to a head at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela
when he got into a fight with John Tesh, a fellow reporter at
The violent fight culminated in O'Brien deciding to quit his
cocaine habit for good, and he managed to stay off Coke for another
20 years. However, in compensation his alcohol addiction became
even worse as his personal life was falling apart. By 2004, O'Brien
had left his wife and was making a name for himself as someone
who made a fool of himself at parties.
In 2005, O'Brien managed to get tossed out of Donald Trump's
wedding after getting intoxicated. However, the event that would
seal his fate was a bizarre audio message he left on a female
friend's voicemail. Clearly drunk, O'Brien declared his desire
to go crazy and get some "hookers and cocaine". The
result was a year of sobriety that collapsed quickly when he started
to drink once again.
His drinking went on unabated for another three years until the
death of Heath Ledger. Ledger had sat in several 12 step meeting
sessions with O'Brien and his death was the straw which finally
led to him becoming sober. The revelation occurred just in time
as O'Brien's own health had been deteriorating at an alarming
Since that time, O'Brien has remained sober and his new book
detailing his experiences reveals a man who fell under the influence
of alcohol and could not really recover until he was near the
point of death.
Today, O'Brien wants to share what he went through to show others
how far someone could fall and still recover from their addictions.
There is little doubt that O'Brien still has a ways to go, but
the 66 year old has kept to the straight and narrow for a remarkable