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Comedian John Mulaney Checks into Rehab for Substance Use Issues

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What happened: Comedian John Mulaney has checked into rehab to address substance use issues, according to PeopleIn a 2019 interview with Esquire, Mulaney discussed his history of addiction to alcohol and drugs. Mulaney said he started to drink at 13 because Mulaney thought people found him funnier after he drank. Mulaney first became sober when he was 23 after recognizing he was “out of control.” Mulaney’s rep has not responded publicly to the news.

The Frontlines: Managing addiction and maintaining sobriety is a life-long journey for many. Relapse is also common, and part of the process for many people. Due to isolation, stress and lack of services during COVID-19, some people who live with addiction have struggled with sobriety.

  • According to a 2007 paper, the rate of relapse from alcohol use is around 38% for people who receive ongoing treatment and support like Alcoholics Anonymous versus 60% for those who achieve sobriety without treatment.
  • Some warning signs of an alcohol or drug relapse include elevated stress, behavior changes, loss of structure and loss of sense of control.

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A Mighty Voice: If a loved one struggles with addiction, it can be difficult to know how to help or what to do at all. Kimberly Zapata spoke to experts about what people should keep in mind. “While addiction can seem and feel hopeless, it’s not. Millions of Americans recover every year. What’s more, many ‘survivors’ go on to share the message. People who have recovered from a substance use disorder regularly mentor others. So try to remain positive. Remain enthusiastic, and know that as long as there is life, there is hope.” You can submit your first-person story, too.

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Other Things to KnowThe holidays can be difficult for people who struggle with addiction and, especially if family is a major stressor. You can read first-hand experiences from members of our community below:

How to Take Action: If you are struggling with your sobriety, reach out for support. This could be your sponsor, a trusted loved one or professional treatment options. If you want to seek treatment, you can review some of your options on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website

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Originally published: December 21, 2020
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