Twelve years ago, Dax Shepard did something that radically changed his life. Long before getting married and having babies, he did the hardest and bravest thing he could do. He got sober.
The Parenthood actor who is married to actress Kristen Bell is in a much better and healthier place now. He’s a loving husband, and a father to the couple’s two daughters, Lincoln and Delta.
Thursday marked his 12 years of sobriety, and he had just one thing to say:
— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) September 1, 2016
The short and sweet tweet spoke volumes to the long and treacherous battle that he’s overcome. In 2012, Shepard told Playboy:
“I just loved to get f—ed-up — drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel’s and cocaine. I lived for going down the rabbit hole of meeting weird people. Of course, come Monday I would be tallying up all the different situations, and each one was progressively more dangerous. I got lucky in that I didn’t go to jail.”
Still today, the actor has physical ailments—harsh reminders of his bad years.
“My nose is completely sideways from a drunken altercation. I’m missing a knuckle because of a drunken altercation. Somehow I was usually able to get sober for work.”
Kristen and Dax met in 2007 and were married in 2010. She’s been on the sobriety journey with him now for almost nine years. It’s dramatically changed her.
“Seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others, they are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”