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Martin Sheen Talks Recovery

Recovering alcoholic Martin Sheen's sobriety activism isn't just to help others, he says.

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"Activism" keeps him alive.

By McCarton Ackerman

10/05/12

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Actor Martin Sheen says that being of service to others is what keeps him sober. The recovering alcoholic and Emmy award-winning West Wing star, 72, spoke yesterday at the Coming Together 2012 conference at Western Michigan University, declaring that "Acting is what I do for a living. Activism is what I do to stay alive," and urging the drug court professionals in attendance to keep up their work. "You have no idea how important what you do and how you do it is to our national health and culture," said Sheen. He encouraged his audience to "find something worth fighting for...because when you do, you will have found a way to unite the will of the spirit with the work of the flesh." While Sheen credits AA for his sobriety—and even headlined a live benefit reading of the play Bill W. and Dr. Bob, depicting the co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous—his son Charlie Sheen has publicly derided the fellowship, declaring it to be a "cult" with a mere five percent success rate.

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