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The Lowe family is no stranger to the daily battles of sobriety. Patriarch and world-famous actor Rob is also known for his candid struggles with substance abuse. Now 56 years old, Rob has been sober for nearly 30 years, and will celebrate his milestone sober birthday in May.
Married to Sheryl Berkoff since 1991, Rob has two sons, who are both in their twenties. His youngest son, John, recently made headlines, revealing that his two years sober.
Taking to Instagram in an emotional post, 25-year-old John wrote that he had not originally intended to share his story.
He wrote, “I haven’t been vocal about my sobriety on here just because I felt it was something I wanted to keep personal, but I had a change of heart today.”
John goes on to thank his community, recognizing them for holding him accountable over the past two years of his recovery. While he does not specify what type of substance abuse he struggled with, the photo he posted features a “before and after” of sorts, with the left panel showing Lowe drinking from a wine bottle, and the right panel showing a screenshot of his Twelve Steps app, commemorating his 2nd year in sobriety.
A 2018 graduate of Stanford University, John has also followed in his father’s footsteps as an actor, having recently made his debut in the Netflix film Holiday in the Wild, which his father also starred in. He is also featured in his father’s TV show, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which airs on FOX.
His Instagram profile features many family photos, in particular praising his parents for their ongoing support. John also plays piano, and often shares samplings of his music in short clips. John also keeps up consistent banter with his dad on Instagram, teasing him for sharing shirtless photos and selfies.
All jokes aside, among the thousands of comments on John’s Instagram post, one comment stood out. In response to his son’s milestone of sobriety, Rob Lowe wrote, “I have never been more proud. Your hard work is an inspiration. Keep Coming Back.”
Rob, who became sober at a young age as well, knows all too well the path that his son has walked to reach this point of celebration. Together, Rob and John can support each other, each knowing how difficult the day to day fight for long-term sobriety can be.
In this time of great uncertainty, many of those who are fighting addiction are missing their in-person sober communities. With social distancing and self-isolation orders in place in most parts of the country as we experience an unprecedented pandemic, those who already suffer with a disease of isolation are struggling mightily.
Johnny also recognized this in his post, writing that, “It’s an incredibly strange and tense time in our world right now, and my heart goes out to everyone going through something, but today I am especially aware of the addicts who are looking for help and having a hard time finding it. If this is the case and you’re reading this, reach out to someone: a friend, a family member, me… and go online and find a ZOOM AA meeting and JUMP IN!!”
At RECO, we echo these sentiments, and offer our help and support to anyone who may be struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression related to isolation. We are ready and able to provide our addiction treatment services for those in need—in a time when addiction treatment is needed the most.
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