Hollywood actor Anthony Hopkins, best known for playing ‘Hannibal Lecter‘ in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ took to social media on December 29 to declare that he is marking 45 years of sobriety.
The 82-year-old movie star uploaded a black and white video of himself both to celebrate the special day and encourage people suffering from addiction not to give up their fights. He captioned the video as follows:
“With gratitude, I celebrate 45 years of sobriety.”
Hopkins began his message which is full of hope, by saying that 2020 has been a tough year, and continued by mentioning how he decided to get rid of his drinking addiction:
“Forty-five years ago today, I had a wake-up call. I was headed for disaster, I was drinking myself to death. I’m not preachy, but I got a message.”
‘The Two Popes’ star admitting that he had been on the edge of death because of his substance-using 45 years ago, said his recovery process began with a basic answer:
“A little thought that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’ And I said, ‘I want to live.’ And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing.”
Hopkins, who showed his best in his acting career after kicking his drinking problem, continued by addressing especially the young people who are trying to leave their drinking habit:
“All in all, I say hang in there. Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. Young people, don’t give up. Just keep in there. Keep fighting. Be bold. Mighty forces will come to your aid. That’s sustained me through my life.”
The living legend decided to stop drinking just after Christmas 1975, and he has stayed sober since then. Apart from leaving the drinking, Hopkins also gave up smoking.
Here is the video.
With gratitude, I celebrate 45 years of sobriety. pic.twitter.com/fxzMRGlI4m
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) December 29, 2020