Anthony Hopkins: 40 years of sobriety

Sir Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) a Welsh actor, composer, director and film producer, posted a message on December 29 celebrating 45 years of sobriety.

Wikipedia: “Hopkins is a recovering alcoholic; he has stayed sober since he stopped drinking just after Christmas 1975. He said that 35 years ago, “I made that quantum leap when I asked for help. I just found something and a woman talked to me and she said, just trust in God. And I said, well, why not?”

The Guardian 1998: “He stopped drinking abruptly, on December 29, 1975, when he found himself in Arizona with no idea how he’d arrived. He joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and has attended meetings ever since. “It’s just such a long time ago and so boring,” he continues. “Someone found out about it one day, and it keeps coming up, like a bad penny.” I tell him it’s not the alcohol itself I’m interested in, but the instincts and temperament wrapped up in the habit.

He has described himself variously as a “chaotic”, “anarchic”, “angry”, “inconsistent” person, and in his drinking days, in his stage performances, all that was visible on the surface. What we should be interested in now is the alcohol’s afterlife – where does the chaos go when the habit is kicked?

“Ah!” he sighs, almost sourly, “the addiction to chaos! The addiction to drama! Never. I never want to go back to that life again. But then I wouldn’t have missed it. I wouldn’t have missed the crazy years, I wouldn’t have missed any of it. It’s all part and parcel of growing up, I guess.” Now he claims to be “not too fond of chaos”, and his anxiety to rein it in seems to be part of an ongoing struggle.”

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