‘True Blood’ Star Stephen Moyer Speaks About His Long Battle With Addiction, Highlight Hollywood News

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Stephen Moyer stunned the audience on Friday night when he willingly addressed past struggles with substance abuse — and his 14 years of sobriety during a discussion on the current state of Hollywood addiction.

 

 

The True Blood star, 45, was among a half-dozen addiction experts who gathered Friday at Santa Monica’s CLARE Foundation, a nonprofit treatment facility serving L.A.’s Westside since 1970, for the panel.

 

 

Moyer has been a board member at CLARE for five years. Before that, he served as a group leader for “drug court,” a group-therapy meeting for individuals convicted of drug and alcohol-related offenses.

 

 

“As my wife said this morning, there isn’t a restaurant in Venice or Santa Monica where I would be offered the wine menu,” Moyer said to a crowd of about 100 gathered in the bright atrium of Conscious Recovery, CLARE’s one-year-old out-patient facility on Lincoln Boulevard. Added Moyer, “The Diet Coke, which is the Patron Saint of drinks for alcoholics, gets put before me before anyone even asks what we’re drinking.”

Moyer described coming up through the British theater ranks — he worked with the National Theatre Wales and the Royal Shakespeare Company before transitioning into TV and film — where boozing it up was a rite of passage. “My heroes were [Peter] O’Toole, [Richard] Burton, [Richard] Harris and Oliver Reed,” he said, citing a quartet of famously hard-drinking English actors.

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“Self-loathing motivates the desire to get loaded in the first place, and post-sobriety, there is the shame of admitting all of your [faults],” Moyer said. “It’s about education. And it’s about getting rid of that shame.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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