Artie Lange "Doing Well" In Recovery, Working On Court-Ordered Community Service

By Beth Leipholtz 04/17/19

One of Lange's close friends released a video of the comedian participating in his court-ordered community service.

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Updated 5/22/2019: Artie Lange has been re-arrested for violating the terms of his probation laid out by a New Jersey drug court. Lange "appeared to be sober" at the time of his arrest. More info here.

Artie Lange appears to be making progress in early recovery after being taken into custody in January, when he tested positive for both morphine and cocaine. 

Lange, a 51-year-old actor and comedian known for his roles on The Howard Stern Show and Crashing, has long struggled with substance use disorder. At the time of his arrest, he was ordered to take part in mandatory drug rehab, Consequence of Sound reports.  

We heard from Artie this morning, HA! -> “It’s true i’m working to satisfy my drug court program. I work with great people. Nothing wrong with a little hard work. Love you all and can’t wait to be back on stage." pic.twitter.com/ZfwokhHBaD

— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) April 12, 2019

A few days ago, Russ Meneve, a friend of Lange’s, tweeted a video of the actor cleaning up garbage as part of his community service. 

“Just spoke to one of my greatest friends, Artie Lange, who’s doin’ great in recovery and asked me to share this vid of him 'on the job' !!” his tweet read. “He looks great and will be back soon. Stay tuned and keep rootin’ for a truly great human being…we love ya, Art.”

In the shared video, Lange says to Meneve, “You’re going to keep this quiet, right, I’m sure.” 

Meneve responds, “Absolutely. No one will ever know,” to which Lange replies “I love you!” and “Take care.”

The video was also shared on Lange’s Twitter account, which read, “We heard from Artie this morning, HA!” then added this snippet from Lange: “It’s true I’m working to satisfy my drug court program. I work with great people. Nothing wrong with a little hard work. Love you all and can’t wait to be back on stage.”

According to Page Six, Lange’s rep has verified that “this is work Artie is doing as part of his [New Jersey] drug court case. He is working with a refuse company daily as he continues treatment.”

This was not the actor’s first run-in with drug-related trouble. Last June, Lange was given four years of probation, 50 hours of community service and was instructed to attend outpatient treatment. Despite the charges, he was not given any jail time.

“The judge and Prosecutor were unbelievably compassionate,” Lange tweeted at the time. “I’m not high. So I see it clearly now. They wanna save my life. 10 days ago when I left rehab I had to touch the flame. I used Cocaine.”

Lange has been fairly open about his struggles. In December last year, he posted a photo of his nose on Instagram and called it “hideously deformed.” The reason for that, NJ.com reported at the time, was accidentally snorting broken glass while trying to snort OxyContin—on top of years of snorting cocaine and heroin. 

At the time, some of Lange’s friends reached out on Twitter

“Artie, this is my 1000th request over decades to beg you to surrender to your addictions,” fellow comedian Richard Lewis tweeted. “We had the most laughs sober. I love you. You're beloved and a magnificent comedian cursed with self loathing and fear. Give it up and live."

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.

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