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Charlie Sheen Shares Moment That Led Him To Become Sober

By Paul Gaita 02/07/19

"If you can't be available for the basic necessity of being there for your children, then something really needs to shift," Sheen explained. 

Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen's drug use—and sobriety—has been a pursuit held in the public eye for years, but in a recent interview, he shared the very private moment which inspired him to change his life for the better for his family and himself.  

Speaking with Us Weekly, Sheen said it was a request from his daughter for help, and his inability to provide it due to his inebriated state, that forced him to take a look at his behavior.

"If you can't be available for the basic necessity of being there for your children, then something really needs to shift," he explained. Sheen, who recently reached a year of sobriety, added that he is putting his newfound focus and energy into "daily responsibilities," including his children and his own health.

In the interview, Sheen recalled the moment when one of his daughters asked him for help in getting to a pressing appointment. "I'd already had a few drinks," he said, and was forced to call a friend to take him and his daughter to her destination. On the way back, Sheen said, he began to turn over the situation in his head.

"On the drive back, I was just like, 'Damn, man, I'm not available,'" he recalled. "'I'm just not responsible and there's no nobility in that.'" Sheen said that after pondering the reality of his condition, he decided to take matters seriously. "It was the next day that I said, 'All right, it's time. Let's give this a shot.'"

With the help of parents, Martin and Janet Sheen, his ex-wives, and friends, Sheen began to amass days of sobriety. "A month went by, a couple of months went by, I'm like, 'All right. This feels good,'" he said.

After marking his year in sobriety in December of 2018, Sheen said that he feels "excited to be excited again," and has devoted his time and energy to his family and his own well-being.

As for acting, Sheen told Us Weekly that he would like to do a Two and a Half Men revival to gain "closure" on the series, from which he was fired under a cloud of controversy in its ninth season.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites. 

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