Steve O Celebrates 10 Years Since Giving Up Drugs And Alcohol
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Steve O, real name Steve Glover, has certainly had a rocky life.
His big break was, of course, on Jackass, a show where he and his pals would do horrendously stupid, yet hilarious stunts and pranks that would often involve a lot of pain. But after years of getting absolutely tanked on alcohol and drugs amid shooting scenes for the TV show and its movies, he turned into a danger to himself.
His on and off-screen pal Johnny Knoxville helped get him into a psychiatric ward in 2008 after an alleged suicide attempt.
He admitted that he brain was so 'fucked up' from years of taking cocaine, ketamine, PCP, nitrous oxide and other narcotics that he decided to go sober.
A whopping 10 years has passed since that watershed moment and the 43-year-old says he feels 'grateful'.
Writing on Facebook, Steve O says: "Hard to believe it's been an entire decade since I've had a drink of booze or any drug stronger than Advil (except when I've been in hospitals having surgery).
"I just can't put into words how grateful I am for Johnny Knoxville and the rest of the guys who locked me up in a psychiatric ward on March 9, 2008, where this journey began.
"Thank you, dudes, I really love you."
He's been pretty open in the past about his drug taking and the depths he sank to when his addiction was hitting its peak. Steve O appeared on the YouTube channel H3H3 to talk about his life and one memorable tale involved turning up to a drug dealer's house.
The 43-year-old noticed some cocaine residue on the counter and racked up a line which unfortunately also included some droplets of blood. It was only after he got sober did he find out the dealer was HIV positive.
Thankfully, because he had had several sexual health check-ups, he knew he was negative. But it was still a pretty messed up representation of how deep into his addiction he was that he'd snort some coke laced with human blood.
Steve O's path to sobriety has even allowed him to offer advice to other Jackass alumni who have struggled with their demons.
Recently, Bam Margera checked into a rehab facility in California for alcoholism, with the stuntman telling TMZ: "Rehab is like a gym. Just because you've got a gym membership doesn't mean you're going to get really fit. It just depends on what you do when you get there.
"I think the idea that with alcoholism you can sort of be doing better... there's just no shades of grey with it. You're either sober or you're loaded. You can't manage it."
Good on you Steve O, here's to another 10 years.