Sir Anthony Hopkins celebrates 47 years of sobriety with inspirational speech

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4 Jan 2023, 11:11

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Sir Anthony Hopkins has marked 47 years of sobriety from alcohol with an inspirational video message.

The Oscar-winning actor celebrated the milestone by encouraging people to “get help” if they need it.

Speaking in an emotional video posted to social media, Hopkins said: “I’m celebrating 47 years today of sobriety. But this is a message not meant to be heavy, but I hope helpful.”

He went on to explain: “I am a recovering alcoholic and to you out there, I know there are people struggling, in this day and age of cancel and hatred and non-compromise, children being bullied, I say this: be kind to yourself. Be kind. Stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you. Live your life, be proud of your life.”

Sir Anthony also recalled being in a “desperate situation of despair” with alcohol and admitted he didn’t have “long to live” as a result.

He said one day he began to acknowledge there was “something really wrong” with his behaviour and realised he was battling with a “mental, physical, emotional condition called alcoholism or addiction.”

The actor also said: “I’m not an expert on drugs, I’m not an expert on anything, I know nothing, except I have found a life where no one bullies me.

“I want to say to all you young people who are being bullied, you be proud of yourself. Don’t listen. Don’t let yourself be put down. Depression and anxiety are part of being alive, but if you need help with any addiction or problem, talk to someone.

“Talk to someone you respect. Whether it’s a counsellor or to go to a 12-step programme. There are 12-step programmes all over the world, every city, every community. They can help you identify what you are and it doesn’t cost a thing, but it will give you a whole new life.”

Sir Anthony concluded by saying: “Don’t let anyone put you down. If you’re gonna be angry, be angry at them, don’t let anyone put you down. Celebrate yourself, as I do myself, although I know nothing. Lots of love to you all, thank you.”

The actor was met with a flood of comments praising him for his achievement from the likes of Hugh Grant, who said: “Well said!”.

Naomi Campbell, who has been sober herself since 2008, also replied: “Thank you Sir @anthonyhopkins you are a shining beacon of light, you inspire me on my journey in recovery. ❤️🙏🏾”.