Russell Brand Talks Addiction With Oprah

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russellbrandoprahBritish actor/comedian Russell Brand appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show to speak with the media mogul about many things, including his past addictions. The two appeared on the show Oprah Prime on Sunday evening on her OWN network.

Brand conceded that he had realized that he always seemed to display characteristics of an extremely addictive personality, stating that he became addicted to things such as sweets as a kid, pornography when he got older, and then on to heroin and other drugs. He was one of a few people that Oprah featured on her show, which centered around the topic of heroin addiction.

The recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from heroin was brought up, to which Russell stated, “If anything positive can come out of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it’s that. That his death doesn’t make sense unless you accept that addiction is an illness.”

Brand, who reports that he has been sober for many years, told Oprah that he found out that all of his addictions were the result of trying to find an external solution to the way he felt inside, and that he realized the only way for him to address those problems was to do so internally. True happiness cannot come from some outside source, it can only come from within.

If you know someone having trouble with a substance abuse problem, contact Family First Intervention to learn more about how they can be helped.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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