Josh Brolin celebrates 5 years sober with a throwback photo and a blackout story

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Did you know Josh Brolin was sober? I did not realize that, but he did go to rehab in 2013 after a drunken fight at a bar which TMZ posted. He also has a 2004 domestic abuse arrest, against his then-wife, Diane Lane. He didn’t try to explain it away or make excuses and said that it’s Diane’s story if she wants to tell it and that “all that matters is that I have control over my behavior, and at that time, it was a little more chaotic.” So it sounds like he’s done some work on himself and that he’s in a better place. He confirmed that with a post celebrating five years sobriety. He told a story about waking up in his own urine with just hazy memories of the night before, when he broke an aquarium and went through some drywall.

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Drunk: when you think you’re having a rip roaring time and the next morning you wake up and your brain has broken into a frenzied beehive and your body is shattered shards of sharp glass desperately searching for what fits where and your spirit is being eaten by worms with great white bloodied teeth and your heart has shriveled into a black prune churning your intestines to the point where dysentery feels attractive and you can’t remember anything you did so you roll out of bed over last night’s urine and you dial your best friend’s phone number because you recall him lifting you over his head, your whole self, before you hit and broke through the drywall and, you think, a large aquarium and the phone on the other end rings and he picks it up, that clambering for a phone, the clumsiness of a hardline, and you say: “What did I do last night?!” and he answers, after a great pause: “…Dude…”. #5years

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You hear a lot of stories like that in meetings and it reminds you that you don’t want to go back there. I have about two and a half years sober and sometimes I forget what it was like. I only had a couple of blackouts, but I would wake up every day and try to remember how much I drank the night before. There was always that time period where you wondered what the damage would be. I don’t miss it and the party was never worth the cost. It sounds like Josh is in a better place too. You still have hard times when you’re sober but it’s never as bad as it was or as it could be.

Brolin with his 31 year-old second wife, Kathryn Boyd, on January 3rd. She just had a baby in November, damn.
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  1. Notyouraveragehousewife says:

    I am so happy for his sobriety. That is no easy feat. But I had to unfollow him on Instagram a while back. He is so problematic and so full of himself. He writes these long-winded proses trying to sound so profound and it’s so annoying. He acts like he was this underprivileged gangbanger and that is so untrue. He grated on my nerves. I’ll never forget when he posted a photo of Winnie Harlow dresses scantily clad and the caption read “What do you think of her?” Like he was race baiting people to say horrible things about her all while appearing that he is so “woke”. I just can’t with him. Congrats on your sobriety though. Apparently he can still be a problematic a-hole while sober. Who knew?

    • lobstah says:

      ME TOO! I briefly followed him, but man is he into himself.

    • KidV says:

      I was going to say that I’m glad he’s sober as I’ve always had a bit of a crush on him, but you just killed that crush. I knew he was a bit of a douche bro, I just hadn’t realized how big of a douche bro.

      I thought he and Diane Lane made a gorgeous couple but I was glad when she got out of that mess.

      • Notyouraveragehousewife says:

        I’m sorry I killed your crush! He’s definitely a handsome and talented man but as far as being a good person, he is seriously lacking.

    • MC2 says:

      Douche bro sober is way better then a douche bro drunk!!! I wont start following him & kudos to him!

  2. SM says:

    I guess I never got that drunk so I don’t know how the blackout feels like. However I have a friend who has them constantly. The difference he is a happy drunk, who usually just ends up offering his friends the most expensive wine in his cellar when he is drunk. So most of the times, he just doesn’t know how the best wines he keeps for special occasions taste like. Not that this is ok, but what is worse in Josh Brolin’s case is that he seems to get aggressive (chaotic as he says) when drunk. So good for him.

  3. Hannah says:

    Congrats on your sobriety! Always so good to hear about such massive accomplishments! Don’t know much abrout Brolin…always seemed a bit stuck up, but glad he’s clean…I can imagine it’s tough to avoid free alcoholand who knows what else in Hollywood.

  4. Rituxie says:

    Of course he married a woman almost 20 years younger than him and started a family. My dad did this crap and I just can’t with these men.

  5. Rosalee says:

    Congratulations Celebitchy, it is infinitely more fun and more satisfying to wake up clear headed without a raging hangover or vague memories of the night before. Twenty years sober, it would have been 31 expect for a slip. I don’t regret a moment of my sobriety or the challenge to admit I had no control when I drank.
    Peace to you.

  6. CharliePenn says:

    My god alcoholism sounds like such Hell. I’m so sorry for anyone struggling with it. We have a lot of it in my family, it comes in so many forms and levels… we only have one family member who would go on benders like this. Thank god he is in recovery now, for many many years. His alcoholism peaked in “horror stories” like this one that Brolin is recounting: total loss of bodily functions, shattered mind, dangerous actions while blacked out, frantic mornings…
    I’m so glad Brolin and my family member are recovered and I truly feel for every person battling this, and for their loved ones. Alcohol is so evil for some people

  7. Esmom says:

    I’m not a fan of Brolin but I really like how he described his morning after, very evocative. Another celeb who talked very vividly about his substance issues was Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose battle sadly ended so tragically. Good for Brolin for keeping up his sobriety, it can be a rough road for so many.

  8. Ang says:

    I’ll have 5 years in a couple weeks. Best decision of my life. I’ve blacked out more times than I could ever…remember? 😆

    • Notyouraveragehousewife says:

      Congratulations, Ang! Alcohol was never an issue for me but I have blacked out from benzos more times than I can count or remember. I’m so happy for you! ❤️

    • lobstah says:

      Congrats Ang and Celebitchy!!! I aspire to where you guys are at – I’m 2.5 months sober and have never been happier. Took a lot of blackouts and tears and terrifying, what’d-I-do-last-night moments, but I’m so much lighter without it all.

      By the way, I know everyone needs to find their own path, but I’m reading This Naked Mind and it’s really helped me come to a good place with not drinking anymore.

      • Rosalee says:

        I would recommend In the Realm Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Gabor Mate. Excellent book. Take care and always remember you are not alone.

    • lucy2 says:

      That is a great accomplishment, congratulations!

    • elimaeby says:

      I’m so proud of you. I’m sadly in the middle of a bit of a relapse, but I know I want to get back to feeling better. I’m pulling for you, Ang! <3

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Ang,CB,and lobstah ,so much you’ve all accomplished !I think you are all exceptional in your bravery,and think you touch so many lives when you talk about where you’ve been and where you are now.

    • Sadezilla says:

      Congrats Ang! I used to brownout and blackout, and I would inevitably wake up horribly embarrassed. I just hit one year sober on January 1st!

      I don’t miss the brownouts, unpredictability, and embarrassing fiascos, but I do occasionally miss the taste of wine. I know it’s better for me personally not to drink, though. And my blood pressure went down when I stopped.

  9. Murphy says:

    No matter what the memes on instagram say, it’s always better to be sober. When you’ve been to the deepest pit of despair, you will know.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I’m glad he’s gotten sober and seems to be doing better. I don’t get the impression he’s a very nice guy, but he is a good actor, and was a mess for a while there.

  11. elimaeby says:

    I’m in the middle of a rough breakup and have relapsed a bit, but stories like these remind me why I want to pursue sobriety. Also, the alcohol weight gain isn’t going to help me on the dating scene 😉

  12. ChristineM says:

    Eh, he’s still an abuser…same as my ex…my ex is sober now, but still doesn’t make him a nice person! Once an abuser, always an abuser. No recovery program fixes that! (my two cents)

    • paula says:

      i love how lainey gossip slam Disney and other people for working with Johnny depp but she adores and worships josh and has no issues that Disney kepps hire him she a hyprocite

  13. Usedtobe says:

    I actually really loved his story and am so happy he is sober and loving life. I do genuinely like him even if he is full of himself and I really didn’t like hearing negative stories about him being an abusive a-hole in the media. I follow him on IG and will say that his wife is younger and all that but he is obviously mad crazy in love with her and it’s adorable.
    And for all of you sharing your stories of sobriety, y’all are amazing. I’m not much of a drinker but do drink to get drunk every few months. Most of my friends are all about the ‘having drinks’ every single weekend and it has come to the point where I don’t get asked anymore because I’m just not into it. It’s a bit disheartening being 40ish and losing friends because I’m not into partying like I’m 20 anymore.

    • Ali says:

      The 40-something casual binge drinking crowd is so much larger than I thought it would be when I was in my 20s. I really thought grown-ups had it more together than they do.

      • Esmom says:

        Same with the 50-something crowd, especially as they become empty nesters. It’s astonishing to me how hard some of my peers party, i don’t know how they function the day after.

    • Louisa says:

      Fellow 40ish here and I have friends that do the same. I have turned down so many invitations that I don’t get asked anymore. They go out at 8 or 9 (when I like to already be home from dinner!) and get home at 2 or 3. I wouldn’t be able to function for days if I did that now!

  14. brooksie says:

    I do think he is a bit much on Instagram, but it’s nice to see how much he loves his kids. It humanizes him a bit in my eyes.

  15. Zooyork says:

    Looks-wise I think has really hot and I loved him in No Country for Old Men.