Rob Lowe took to Instagram on Wednesday to celebrate his 33rd year of staying sober.
Lowe, 59, posted a selfie in which he was swimming in the ocean amid what looked to be a picturesque sunset.
The Charlottesville, Virginia native captioned the image: ’33 years ago today I found recovery and a tribe that has sustained me on my incredible, grateful journey.
‘My life is full of love, family, God, opportunity, friends, work, dogs and fun.’
He continued with advice for his followers, saying, ‘If you or someone you know is struggling with any form of addiction: hope and joy are waiting if you want it, and are willing to work for it!’
The latest: Rob Lowe, 59, took to Instagram on Wednesday to celebrate his 33rd year of staying sober, posting a selfie in which he was swimming in the ocean amid what looked to be a picturesque sunset
The 9-1-1: Lone Star actor received a number of responses to the post, including from his son John Owen, who said, ‘Proud of your recovery, opposite feeling about this selfie.’
One follower said: ‘I celebrated 30 years a week ago. It’s still the best decision I’ve ever made…I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t gotten sober.’
Another added, ’33 years, that’s amazing. I’m on 2 and a half years and I thought that was good,’ while one user said Lowe’s story was inspirational.
‘I still have hope for my 25 year old son,’ the user said. ‘Seeing these stories keep me going.’
Lowe last month presented his son John Owen Lowe with a five-year sobriety chip on The Drew Barrymore Show.
The emotional exchange occurred during a discussion about staying sober, a feat both father and son, and host Barrymore have achieved.
Barrymore, 48, lauded Lowe’s family for providing support for ‘each other through amazing things,’ adding that she has been candid in speaking about her past battles with alcohol abuse with her daughters Olive, 10 and Frankie, eight.
Said the talk show host: ‘I’ve been really honest with my kids who are younger, but they know my story, they know I can’t drink, it’s not for me, it doesn’t work for me. They know my pitfalls and you guys are an incredible family unit that support each other through every high and low.’
Lowe said, ‘My life is full of love, family, God, opportunity, friends, work, dogs and fun’
The actor has been busy lately, as he took to the streets with WGA picketers last week in support of the writers’ strike
Lowe was pictured courtside last week at a Los Angeles Lakers playoff game against the Golden State Warriors
Lowe last month presented his son John Owen Lowe with a five-year sobriety chip on The Drew Barrymore Show
Rob affirmed that they do, and are ‘able to share recovery’ details with one another.
‘I have 33 years in recovery,’ Rob said. ‘Johnny’s got five years in and in fact, Johnny’s five-year birthday was on Saturday and, Johnny, I want to give you your five-year chip.’
He then brought out the chip and presented it to John Owen, 28, telling his son, ‘I love you, I’m proud of you, buddy.’
John Owen and his dad shared an embrace, at which point the son said to his father, ‘That’s so sweet. Speechless. I usually have a witty retort, I don’t have one for that. That was very nice of you.’
The elder Lowe has long been candid about his battle back from substance abuse in the wake of his Hollywood breakout in the 1980s with films such as St. Elmo’s Fire and The Outsiders.
While promoting his series 9-1-1: Lone Star at the winter Television Critics Association press tour in early 2020, he noted how Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler encouraged him to stay focused on the task at hand.
‘I have been sober 20, going on 30 years. When I first got sober, my thought was, “My life is over. The fun is done. And I’m not going to be cool anymore,”‘ Lowe said.
He continued: ‘I came home, I was maybe sober two or three weeks, maybe, and I got a phone call from Steven Tyler, who I did not know. He called me and he said, “I heard you’re in recovery and just want to say, hey, it’s going to be great.”‘
Barrymore, 48, said that she has been candid in speaking about her past battles with alcohol abuse with her daughters Olive, 10 and Frankie, eight
After receiving the sobriety chip, John Owen said, ‘That’s so sweet. Speechless. I usually have a witty retort, I don’t have one for that. That was very nice of you’
The emotional exchange occurred during a discussion about staying sober, a feat both Lowes, and host Barrymore have achieved
Lowe said he thought that ‘if it’s good enough for f**king Steven Tyler, it’s good enough for me,’ adding, ‘He’s a big part of who I’ve become.’
Speaking alongside his father in a chat with Men’s Health last month, John Owen said there were ‘many times’ he nearly died due to substance abuse.
‘I really liked to push the limits of my body and numb out as much as I could,’ John Owen said. ‘There’s a certain level of self-doubt, or uncomfortability with one’s self.
‘The more insecure I grew, the more aggressively I used – to medicate. I’ve been to many hospitals many times. I’ve been very lucky.’
John Owen opened up on how his parents Lowe and Sheryl Berkoff dealt with him in his ‘lowest points’ of addiction.
‘My parents were throwing their lifeline of recovery at me in a way that I was like, “Ahhh, get away!” It’s abrasive,’ he said. ‘It’s like I was drowning and they were slamming me on the head with the life raft. Because my feelings were that I didn’t matter, and a lot of that stemmed from having the dad that I had.
‘Once I was treated as if my voice and opinion were valid, I was able to access a part of me that was scared and hiding. Finally the thing that worked was when they said, “We love you and we’re scared.”‘