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Putting Recovery On The Map

08-22-19 | By

Dylan McDermott Celebrates 35 Years Sober With Inspiring Post

On Monday, the actor, 57, whose highly-anticipated new series “The Politician” drops next month, shared a reflective post revealing how grateful he is that he was able to turn his life around, calling sobriety his, “greatest accomplishment.”

“Today is my Sober Birthday. 35 years! Staying sober has been my greatest accomplishment,” wrote The Practice star in his Instagram caption. “I say that because I was able to show up for myself in every way possible. In the most turbulent and best of times I had the rock of the 12 steps to guide me. I was able to be a father, son, brother and friend.”

“I Will Be Forever Grateful”

One person he thanked specifically was his adoptive mother, playwright Eve Ensler. “Without the guidance of my sponsor and Eve I would not be here today,” he wrote. “I will be forever grateful to them! I look forward to many more years of sobriety, trudging the road of happy destiny.”

The Golden Globe winner also mentioned his birth parents in his post. “Proud of this day because many in my family including my birth mother and father struggled with addiction. It was brutal to witness. I’ve also seen many who didn’t make it and that truly breaks my heart.”

The ‘American Horror Story’ star comes from a family of addiction, and has encouraged others struggling with similar issues to “get help” wherever they can.

“I’m Able To Begin To Process All of This”

In 1967, at the age of five, the actor was outside of his apartment when his mother was shot by her boyfriend, John Sponza. At the time, Sponza reported that McDermott’s mother died by suicide, though upon further investigation the case was reopened and her death was ruled as a murder.

According to the Republican-American, McDermott explained to the police the reason he pursued his mother’s case. “In order for me to survive and to get where I am today, I needed to bury that moment in my life deep within myself,” he said. “I’ve come to the point in my life where I’m able to begin to process all of this.

McDermott has two daughters, Colette 23, and Charlotte, 13, with ex-wife Shiva Rose.

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Today is my Sober Birthday. 35 years! Staying sober has been my greatest accomplishment. I say that because I was able to show up for myself in every way possible. In the most turbulent and best of times I had the rock of the 12 steps to guide me. I was able to be a father, son, brother and friend. Proud of this day because many in my family including my birth mother and father struggled with addiction. It was brutal to witness. I’ve also seen many who didn’t make it and that truly breaks my heart. If you’re hurting please get help. The loving hand of #alcoholicsanonymous is always available! Without the guidance of my sponsor and @eveensler I would not be here today. I will be forever grateful to them! I look forward to many more years of sobriety, trudging the road of happy destiny…

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