Bradley Cooper Acknowledges Struggle with Addiction
Bradley Cooper was recently interviewed by Barbara Walters in a follow up interview regarding his addiction to alcohol and painkillers in the beginning years as an actor. Today, Cooper is 11 years sober from drugs and alcohol and proud to say that he owes his life and career to his sobriety.
“I would never be sitting here with you, no way, no chance,” he mentions about his time before he stopped drinking. “I wouldn’t have been able to have access to myself or other people, or even been able to take in other people, if I hadn’t changed my life. No way. I never would have been able to have the relationships that I do. I never would have been able to take care of my father the way I did when he was sick. So many things.”
During the darkest times of his alcohol and drug addiction, Bradley Cooper, was playing the supporting role of Will Tippin for ABCs hit television show Alias, starring Jennifer Garner. As the seasons went on, he realized that he was losing more and more air time and couldn’t take the feeling of failure, “’And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f—ing kill myself.'” Riding the curtails of this depressive state and feeling that he would have been released anyway, he asked the shows director, J.J Abrams, to write him out of the series, which he readily agreed to do.
It wasn’t until 2012, that Bradley Cooper came out about his struggle with addiction in his 20s– and how it took him until he was 29 to take the steps that would get him sober and set his life back on track. Previously, he suffered from an addiction to painkillers and alcohol which started to have an effect on his life and career.
“I was so concerned [with] what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider,” he said, “I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me.”
He recalls a time being so drunk that he smashed his head on concrete landing him in the hospital. Someone less driven or ambitious might have let the addiction consume him, but Bradley Cooper refused to go down without a fight.
Fighting For Success
With his new-found life of sobriety, Bradley Cooper landed the role in The Hangover, which would blast his name through millions of homes across the world. This influx of fame would elevate a simple family man into Peoples Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Cooper would later accept leading roles in box office hits like American Hustle, American Sniper, Silver Linings Playbook and Joy. Cooper states that he could never have achieved the success he is experiencing today if he had not managed his addiction. Everything he has now, he owes to his sobriety and the 12-steps he took to get there.
The clarity Bradley Cooper gained while being sober is far more unbelievable than he could have ever imagined. He has embraced the self he found in sobriety and fully committed to living the sober life, “I was doing these movies … and I was sober,” he recalled, “And I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f–k is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful.”
Though many good things have happened to Cooper in the 11 years since getting clean from his addictions, the road to recovery was not easy. The hole that was left there felt insurmountable and left him feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied. “In the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not,” the Hangover star said. “But I was grateful and happy to be working and filling that void in smaller moments.”