By Victor Ochieng
Russell Brand is renowned among many for his comedy career. But he’s also known for his struggles with addictions. After struggling for more than 10 years, he finally found a solution that worked – a 12-step program premised on Christian values.
Speaking about his struggle with Relevant Magazine, Brand appealed to those still facing addiction challenges to “Admit you have a problem. Believe it’s possible to change, and ask Him for help. Invite Him in … Capital H’s, of course.”
As a way to help others, Brand released his own book, “Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions,” at the turn of the year. In the book, Brand details his experience with addiction. Speaking with the BBC, Brand indicated that in his opinion, the “society is collapsing, and people are starting to recognize that the reason they feel like they’re mentally ill is that they’re living in a system that’s not designed to suit the human spirit.”
The 42-year-old Brand can speak from different pedestals on matters of addiction, including hard drugs, bulimia, fame, and alcohol. While releasing his book, Brand made it adamantly clear that the 12-step program he underwent saved his life. That’s why he authored the book and in it shared his personal spin to the 12-step program that was originally authored by founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Brand’s life has changed for the better. He got married to Laura Gallacher in 2017 after they welcomed their first child in November 2016. The Christian Post reported that some of the changes that have taken place in his life, including being sober, becoming a father and the pouring of God’s favor in him, have made him a better man. He told Relevant Magazine that “If Christ consciousness is not accessible to us, then what is the point of the story of Jesus, you know? He’s just a sort of a scriptural rock star, just an icon. Unless Christ is right here, right now, in your heart, in your consciousness, then what is Christ?”
Many people have welcomed his sobriety and are hoping that he’ll reach out to other addicts to help them transform their lives too.
Jeanette Pierce commented on Brand’s transformation, saying, “I pray that he will use his platform to reach another huge section of our society that we can never expect to reach because we are members of a totally different section of society. I wish you much success in your outspokenness, Russell.”
When someone suffering from addiction of any kind is redeemed, it’s a good thing. Those who’ve suffered any form of addiction know pretty well what it means and the kind of damages addictions can cause.