Craig Ferguson has now been sober for 29 years — A look into his sobriety journey
Sobriety may be rough for some people, but Craig Ferguson has been sober for 29 years, and he is grateful for it.
Almost three decades of sobriety have made Ferguson an advocate to leading a sober life and he has now made it his mission to help other people become sober too.
A Look Into Ferguson's Sobriety Journey
As of 2021, it has been 29 years since he turned his life around. He is certainly proud of his journey as is evident from his tweet.
I got sober when I was 29.
29 years ago today.
My heartfelt gratitude to all of you who made this possible. — Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) February 18, 2021
Not only that, he has been proud of every milestone he has achieved in his journey. On completing 25 years of being sober, he discussed how impossible the task seemed back then.
I'm 25 years sober today and anyone who knew me back then would tell you how impossible that is. Thanks for the miracle. — Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) February 18, 2017
Ferguson has also addressed his sobriety in multiple interviews. In one such interview, he was asked about what it takes to be sober. His simple answer was that drinking was never the real problem for him. It had more to do with thinking. Hence, he had a thinking problem as opposed to a drinking problem. Although, he did acknowledge that it can very easily become a drinking problem.
One thing that has helped him in his journey is the way he views life. His philosophy in life has now become to simply live in the moment. It helps in experiencing life as it comes which is much more desirable than always thinking about it.
Changing His Relationship With Alcohol
People reported that Ferguson has never hit rock bottom, however, he did realize that he genuinely needed to change his relationship with alcohol. This is what set him on the path of recovery, and needless to say, it has been a successful journey for him.
The 58-year-old comedian has also acknowledged that there were many instances in his journey where he could have gone off the rails.
I have found that the only way I can deal with [alcoholism] is to find other people who have similar experiences and talk to them. It doesn't cost anything. And they're very easy to find.
Now An Advocate For Sobriety
Ever since he has been on his journey, Ferguson is attempting to encourage other alcoholics to quit. Since most alcoholics think that quitting becomes easier when they hit rock bottom, he wants these people suffering from alcoholism to know that they do not have to wait for it to get worse to be able to quit.
And even though he has made a career in joking about things, he has never joked about alcoholism and the struggle of quitting it.
In addition to that, he has also taken a stand for celebrities who have struggled with addiction or mental health problems. For instance, when Britney Spears was in rehab, Ferguson acknowledged that he had been in her position at one point in time and so it made him more compassionate towards her.
In fact, he delivered a monologue asking people to be more kind to celebrities.
Moreover, Ferguson has written an entire book about his journey and his struggle with alcoholism. The book is titled 'Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations'.