‘Be Kind to Yourself’, says Anthony Hopkins in New Years social media post

‘Be Kind to Yourself’, says Anthony Hopkins in New Years social media post

The 85-year-old award winning actor shares an inspiring message on alcoholism and mental health

The actor also recently celebrated 47 years of sobriety.

BRITISH acting legend Anthony Hopkins recently posted an inspiring video message on social media pages, where he both celebrated the New Year as well as being 47 years sober.

The two-time Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins – who won in 1992 for the iconic role of Hannibal Lecter and more recently in 2021 in The Father – wanted to spread a helpful and hopeful message to those dealing with addiction as he had many years ago.

“I am a recovering alcoholic, and to you out there, I know there are people struggling in this day and age of cancel and hatred and non-compromise, children being bullied,” Hopkins said.

“I say to this: Be kind to yourself. Be kind. Stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you. Live your life. Be proud of your life.”

He explains that 47 years before he found himself in a “desperate situation, in despair”, until he was fortunate enough to acknowledge that something was wrong with him.

“But I didn’t realise that it was a kind of condition, mental, physical, emotional condition called alcoholism or addiction,” he continued. “I’m not an expert on drugs. I’m not an expert on anything. I know nothing, except I have found a life where no one bullies me.”

Hopkins specifically had a note for young people who are being put down but others: “Don’t listen to them.”

The actor encouraged whoever was struggling with addiction – or other personal problems – to talk to someone they respect, or to even join a 12-step program.

“There are 12-step programs all over the world,” The Father actor said. “Every city, every small city, every community, 12-step programs that can help you identify what you are. It doesn’t cost a thing, but it will give you a whole new life.”

Acknowledging his own shortcomings, calling himself a “sinner,” just like everyone else, he says that getting sober helped him get to the life he has today.

“So wherever you are, get help. Don’t be ashamed. Be proud of yourself — whatever you do, don’t let anyone put you down,” Hopkins said.

source – The Vibes


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