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Tom Hardy: From Crack Cocaine Addict To Sober Dad

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Tom Hardy drug addiction recovery In October of 2015, Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley gave birth to their first child together. Tommy is also the father of a seven-year-old son with his ex-girlfriend Rachel Speed.  Tom, who is now 38, got sober over a decade ago and he believes becoming a father had helped him achieve his sobriety.

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“I wouldn’t say it saved my life, but it definitely changed my life,” Tom explains to The Daily Mail UK about what fatherhood did for him.

The Oscar-nominated actor had battled drug addiction and alcoholism since he was young man. His main struggles were with alcohol and crack cocaine. Along with his addiction, he had dealt with expulsion from his private school for stealing and had a few run-ins with the law.

What many people do not know is the mental struggle that addicts will go through while trying to control their addiction. They may think and do things that they would never think or do while sober. In one instance, Tom said: “I would have sold my mother for a rock of crack.” As terrible as that sounds, this is what it looks like when an addict is in the grip of addiction and they are under the complete control of their disease addicted brain. This is why it’s crucial for complete abstinence to happen in order for recovery to take place. Many addicts and alcoholics who have experienced this level of desperation understand what Tom was going through which is why it’s so inspiring for him to share his experience with the world. Unless you have been through it, no one can possibly understand what it does or feels like to have the disease of addiction. This is why it’s so important for stars like Tom Hardy to keep speaking up about the truth of addiction and what it can do to good people, while also showing that recovery works, too.

Tom’s rock-bottom finally happened in London after he was discovered lying down with a pool of vomit and blood post a crack cocaine binge. Now Tommy enjoys helping others, his acting, and being a father to his loving children.

Recovery Works!

We are excited to hear about the birth of Tom Hardy’s baby and even more excited that he is living a life clean and sober as a father. Tommy is an awesome example that anyone can recover from the disease of addiction. This also goes to show us once again that addiction does not discriminate and anyone can fall prey to this disease.  The good news is that if you want to recover, you can recover. Contact The Watershed today to find out how sobriety can be a reality for you too.

“Spirituality seems to me to be for those who’ve been to hell.” Tom Hardy

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