Rob Lowe Celebrates 23 Years Sober

By Valerie Tejeda 05/13/13

The TV star shares his milestone on Twitter, saying "it works if you work it."

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Long-term sobriety is possible. Just ask Parks and Recreation star Rob Lowe, who took to Twitter on Saturday to share his double-digit milestone. “Celebrating 23 years sober tonight," Lowe wrote, citing the 12-step adage, "It works if you work it." The 49-year-old actor quit drinking and went to rehab in 1990, describing the experience as "one of the most exhilarating, liberating and exciting four weeks of my life" in his 2011 memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends. In an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, Lowe raved about his time in rehab. "It was great. I loved it. Because I was ready," he said. "Problem is, people go into rehab and they're not ready. You want to get sober for your parents, you want to get sober for your job, you want to get sober for the cops, you want to get sober to protect your image. A lot of good reasons, by the way, but unfortunately, the only thing that works is that you have to want to get sober for you." The actor, who got sober on the heels of a sex tape scandal, said he was willing to go to any lengths to get his life back on track. "I was ready," he said, "And so if they told me, 'Hey, Lowe, you've got to go stand in the corner on your head,' I would have done it."

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix,, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.