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Steve-O embraces sobriety

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Steve-O has been there and back. The American TV personality and star of Jackass struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for years and in 2008 he hit his lowest point.

Just over two years ago, Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover, was taken out of his home by friends and forced into a mental health institution. It was there that the star finally confronted his demons.

According to People, the daredevil sent out an email to friends saying: “I did a great deal of damage to my brain” with drugs and “now that they’ve all worn off, I’m facing the consequences.”

He confesses that he had always thought of himself as “an extraordinarily ‘tough’ individual“ who “could handle it“ and that his “legacy would be comprised of only that which could be described as ‘intense’“ but that he now realised that his behaviour was non-sensical and devastated those who loved him.

Steve-O battled with alcohol and drug addiction before embracing sobriety

Steve-O was on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, which was later extended by another 14 days. Leaving the institution, he vowed to remain sobre. And he stuck to his word. In June 2008, the star was even able to evade felony possession of cocaine charges by proving to the judge that he had been sobre for 115 days.

Fellow Jackass actor Johnny Knoxville credited his friend in a direct address in March 2009, which marked the first year of Steve-O’s sobriety. He pointed out that becoming and most of all staying sobre has been far from easy for the star.

Gone Hollywood quotes Knoxville: “Let me put it into perspective; standing in front of a bull who wants to stomp you to death only takes 30 seconds of your time. Steve-O has had the bull of addiction trying to stomp him to death for the past 375 days now. Every waking second he is facing that beast and Steve-O is kicking its damn ass. Unbelievable. Steve-O you are braver than I could ever hope to be.“

Other celebrities who have struggled with addiction include Jeremy London, Whitney Houston, Jesse James, Elton John and Tara Reid.

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