In late March, TMZ reported that Mad Men actor Jon Hamm had completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol abuse.
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A cocktail culture
Hamm is best known for his role as advertising bigwig Don Draper on AMC’s hit show Mad Men. Few shows have seen quite the celebrated success of Mad Men, and even fewer characters have been as idolized as the manly, overconfident Don Draper. In 2009, Ask Men even named the fictional Draper as “the most influential man in the world,” in a list of real-life figures. Set in the 1960s, the show is adorned with details that spotlight and romanticize a culture surrounded by booze.
As the show develops, however, so evolves its so-called “cocktail culture.” As NPR explored in a recent article, the early seasons of Mad Men very much glamorized alcohol. They quite literally made the act of drinking look very appealing, with dimly lit scenes and swanky lounges, and of course afternoon office cocktails. Drinking was seemingly constantly associated with success, wealth and status, albeit with some bouts of comedic jest. But this was only the beginning. Eventually, alcohol would be the fuel of Don Draper’s self-destructive fire. As NPR puts it, by Seasons 4 and 5, the character’s treatment takes quite a dark turn and viewers are clued into “Don’s slide into outright alcoholism.”
When life imitates art
Draper’s alcoholism ultimately becomes obvious, exposing flaws in his once-infallible character and fracturing what little emotion was left in his personal life. Scenes with memory lapses, embarrassing ad pitches and even vomiting in the office bathroom became the norm for Don Draper. Indeed, from glamour and comedy steeped in a Manhattan cocktail, emerge a tragic character with intense alcoholism. Romanticized as the early seasons were, it seems destruction was the moral of the story all along.
Filming for the popular show’s eighth and final season wrapped several months ago. And in late February, perhaps to avoid imitating the tragic shortcomings of his character, Jon Hamm sought help for his own problems with alcohol. Though few details were released about Hamm’s alcohol rehab stint, his representatives did say he successfully completed a 30-day stay at a New Canaan, Connecticut facility, which he left in late March.
Getting help before it’s too late
Alcohol addiction is a disease. Like most diseases, not only will it not go away on its own, but it will progress. What can start out as a party culture can end in a loss of humility, friends, family and ultimately even life. Jon Hamm recognized the signs and got help. If you’re struggling to control your drinking, drinking to cope with problems, or simply looking for help for a loved one who is, The Watershed can help. Give us a call today. We’re here 24/7: 1-800-861-1768.Tags: celebrate recovery, Celebrity Addict, celebrity news, Celebrity Rehab