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5 Quotes by John Goodman on Alcoholism

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After his weight loss journey and time at rehab, actor John Goodman has turned his life around. The 63-year-old, known for his roles in films such as The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, and Monsters, Inc., successfully lost 100 pounds back in 2010, and has managed to maintain a healthy weight. Goodman attributes his weight loss success to exercising frequently and keeping a food journal. Cutting out alcohol from his life has definitely contributed to his slimmer figure as well, not to mention has freed him from a life of addiction.

Goodman has suffered from alcoholism for most of his life, but has sought rehab to keep himself sober, healthy, and happy. Here are five quotes from Goodman about his alcoholism that anyone suffering from alcoholism or addiction can relate to:

1. “It started when I was a kid,” Goodman said, “I’d lock myself in the house and sneak food. It gave me great pleasure to eat – it’s part of an alcoholism personality.”

Goodman admitted that he would sneak food when he was child, but he also acknowledges that the pleasure he derived from eating stemmed from an alcoholism personality. CASA Recovery understands that for people like John Goodman, alcoholism isn’t just something you can treat by simply monitoring your drinking. A better alternative for many addicts is to find ways to remain sober.

 2. “I had a 30-year run, and at the end I didn’t care about anything. I was just fed up with myself. I didn’t even want to be an actor anymore.”

You may be surprised that a famous actor like Goodman could utter these words. Despite his success, his troubles with alcoholism tormented him throughout much of his career. Alcoholism may be a part of your life, but by no means does it end your chances at a healthier, happier life. Addiction treatment programs, particularly holistic treatments, allow those suffering from addiction to not only come to terms with their issue, but heal their entire mind, body and spirit. Goodman reached the brink of despair, but he nevertheless found himself thanks to his commitment to rehab.

3. “I’d have the shakes so bad I’d have to have a drink to get through the show. I’m lucky I never got fired.”

Many addicts, like Goodman, use their addiction as a means to cope with stressful circumstances. CASA Recovery will help you learn healthy ways to cope and how to avoid alcohol or drugs altogether. We’ll tackle the problems of physical dependence, behavioral addiction and more so that you can leave our facility ready to live a new life.

4. “If I’d picture in my mind a drink—usually straight out of the bottle—I couldn’t not do it.”

Goodman’s words summarize what so many of our clients experience but can’t explain. Many individuals suffering from addiction or alcoholism feel a need to involve themselves in substance abuse or drinking in a way that is difficult for others to understand. However, through an addiction treatment facility, like CASA Recovery, you’ll find others who are in the same boat. Our experienced team understands your situation and how to help you overcome it.

5. “It’s a life of rehab. But it’s a labor of love.”

The supportive staff at CASA Recovery has your goals in mind when going through the treatment program. You’ll have to keep up what you learn at our rehabilitation facility after you leave, but with the help of our staff you’ll learn how to understand and nurture yourself.

Through his dedication to rehab, Goodman has remained sober since 2007. He frequently attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and understands that he must stay committed so he can stay healthy. You can start on the path to sobriety and a healthier life participating in the treatment programs at CASA Recovery. Our Southern California addiction treatment center is run by an experienced team that is ready to help you. For more addiction recovery inspiration from celebrities, check out our recovery stories on Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Lee Curtis. Contact us for more information or visit us in San Juan Capistrano today!