Rob Lowe has nearly three decades of sobriety.
The 55-year-old actor and director took to Instagram and Twitter on Friday to celebrate the incredible milestone.
“Today I celebrate 29 years of sobriety,” Lowe captioned an old photograph of himself. “Thank you to all those who have inspired me on this wonderful, challenging and life-changing journey.”
Lowe also added another encouraging comment for those who have also been where he is. “If you, or someone you know, are struggling with alcohol or addiction, there CAN be a future of hope, health and happiness. And it comes one day at a time. #recovery #ItWorks.”
The post received a number of accolades – including a few of his famous friends such as Demi More and Naomi Campbell. Additionally, Lowe’s brother, Chad, joked, “Congratulations!!! Thanks for saving me a seat!!!”
Lowe’s son Johnny, also noted how proud he was of his father, “So proud of you. Love you.”
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 10, 2019
“The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened to Me.”
The “Outsiders” star has been open about his struggles with addiction and his path to sobriety and often posts on social media in early May to mark his anniversary.
However, the 29 years of clean time didn’t come easy for the star. In 1988 Lowe made headlines when he videotaped himself having sex with a 16-year-old girl in an Atlanta hotel room. The incident occurred when he was in town to support Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
“It ends up being the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” he told Oprah. “Because what it ends up doing is accelerating my alcohol [addiction] to where I finally get sober. I have been able to have the rest of my life that I’m so blessed with, which is now 20 years of sobriety.”
He continued, “I didn’t love the fact that I had to go and it was unbelievably painful but I like the science. I couldn’t have gotten sober without rehab because … I needed to do the work. It was like going to law school,” Lowe said.
As a staple in the recovery world, Lowe has even been known to offer words of encouragement to others going through similar situations. When Demi Lovato was hospitalized last year after a drug overdose, Lowe showed support for her on Twitter.
“I don’t know you, @ddlovato but I am thinking of you. Hoping you come back to us!” he wrote.
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Today I celebrate 29 years of sobriety. Thank you to all those who have inspired me on this wonderful, challenging and life-changing journey. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with alcohol or addiction, there CAN be a future of hope, health and happiness . And it comes one day at a time. #recovery #ItWorks.