Mel Gibson was arrest for DUI last week and has now come out and admitted that he once again has a problem with alcohol. I think it was about 20 years ago when Gibson first admitted problems with alcohol and enter AA to turn his life around. Most recovering alcoholics will tell anyone who ask them that there is no cure for alcoholism and the best they can do is take life one day at a time. Everyday a recovering alcoholic doesn’t take a drink is considered a wonderful day. Unfortunately, since there is no cure for this dreaded disease, it is imperative for people with an alcohol problem to remain in AA for the rest of their lives.
When I think about someone famous like Mel Gibson and the tremendous temptations to drink which are everywhere in Hollywood, I am amazed that he was able to “stay on the wagon” as long as he did. Gibson is one of my favorite actors and with the exception of some really different views when it comes to religion, I really like this man. Everyone reading this has known someone in his or her life that has suffer from a problem with alcohol. That person might be a friend or possibly a family member. Many times, people go to their graves suffering from an alcohol problem and never get help because of the denial involved with this disease.
I have no doubt that Gibson will get the treatment he needs to once again become sober and while some will criticize him for falling off the wagon, most people know that it is very common for we human beings to fail when making huge changes in our lives and Mel Gibson is no different than anyone else in that respect. I am still amazed at how many people still believe that great personal and financial success will reduce stress in a person’s life. Achieving great success has the complete opposite effect on most people and rather than having less to worry about, most people find their lives filled with even more problem and stress than when they were not financially successful.
I was extremely please that it only took a couple of days for Mel Gibson to once again admit to his problem with alcohol and most likely he will once again draw on the strength of AA to get him clean and sober. We should all pray for Mel Gibson because this kind of revelation of failure has to be worse for him than for a regular person because the whole world knows now that he started drinking again. None of us desire to appear weak and out of control, but in reality that is exactly how we human beings are constructed. For AA to be successful, folks must admit to being weak before recovery can begin and unlike most people who “fall off the wagon”, Mel Gibson had to do it very publicly instead of in a private type of way.