Josh Brolin thanks ‘God, family and friends’ as he marks eight years of sobriety

Josh Brolin explained exactly what he felt sobriety meant to him as he wrote an emotional message on Instagram to mark eight years of being sober

Josh Brolin

Actor Josh Brolin thanked God, his family and his friends as he celebrated a sobriety milestone.

The Dune actor, 53, told his three million Instagram followers on Monday how he was celebrating the eight-year mark in his sobriety and described how the occasion felt.

Alongside an image of him topless and shouting with what would seemingly be joy, Josh wrote: “Sobriety is finally loving without every thought being about how it affects only you.

“Sobriety is a moment of being able to love and be consumed by the glee it brings someone else. Sobriety is knowing the difference between selfishness and integrity.

“Sobriety is knowing that God is in everything and that it is made up of every color (and mixture of color) that exists. Sobriety is knowing the moon late at night when she was there for you in your toughest hour and, now, again, her witnessing your greatest joys.

Josh said ‘sobriety is finally loving without every thought being about how it affects only you’


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“Sobriety is climbing in your truck for a 6am call after 8 years of sobriety and there being a card from your wife telling you how grateful she is for you having made the decision to put it down and to live instead accompanied by a collage board of your children — what was created because of that decision.”

He continued the emotional post: “And sobriety is when your children look at you and trust what they see (you can see it in their pupils, and the way they stand before you) — that they know they are not being cultivated into some idea but celebrated for the original garden they are growing into.

“Sobriety is about living better than your remembrance of what your greatest drunk ever was — an everyday malleability into gratitude for what is. None of this is deserved. All of it is perception.”

He signed off his post: “Thank you God, family, and friends for the most punk rock sobriety imaginable. #deeplygrateful #westsidesobriety”

Many fans and famous faces took to the post’s comments section to commend the star, while others including Dwayne Johnson hit the like button.

Graphic artist Kode, also known as BossLogic, commented: “Legend, proud of you and a motivation for many of our similar battles.”

Josh Brolin is celebrating eight years of sobriety


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Entrepreneur and TV personality Jesse James wrote: “Great Job man! Proud of you. Keep going!!”

And photographer Pete Halvorsen said: “Leading by example. So happy for you Josh.

“Also punk rock sober needs to be a tshirt.”

The actor had checked himself into rehab in 2013 after reports of a pub fight and a row with a cabbie at a drive-through.

A source told at the time: “He realised he needed help and is committed to his sobriety.”

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