Craig Ferguson Marks 25th Sober Anniversary On Twitter: 'Thanks For The Miracle'

By Desiree Bowie 02/21/17

The 54-year-old comedian once recounted hitting rock bottom and seeking help in a monologue on his former late-night talk show.

Craig Ferguson

The Scottish comedian and former host of CBS's The Late Late Show took to social media this past weekend to celebrate his 25th year of sobriety.

On Saturday, February 18, Ferguson marked his sober birthday on Twitter with an uncharacteristically serious post. "I'm 25 years sober today and anyone who knew me back then would tell you how impossible that is. Thanks for the miracle."

The 54-year-old host of Celebrity Name Game addressed his alcoholism and time in rehab in his 2009 memoir, American on Purpose, as well as in a stand-out moment on his former late-night talk show.

Back in 2007, Ferguson decided to skip the usual joke-filled opening segment and instead used his Late Late Show platform to send a message about empathy before sharing his recovery journey.

In the 12-minute monologue, Ferguson explained how making jokes at the expense of celebs who were publicly dealing with mental health and addiction issues was weighing heavy on him.

He announced that he would not be making any jokes about Britney Spears, who at the time was being accosted by the media for her rumored drug use after suffering a highly publicized breakdown days prior to the show's airing.

"This is a mea culpa, just for me," Ferguson admitted to the studio audience. "My aim's been off a bit recently."

He made a sobering parallel. While he was celebrating his 15th year of sobriety, Britney Spears had shaved her head and reportedly checked into rehab. "What she's going through—it reminds me of what I was doing. It reminds me of where I was 15 years ago."

Ferguson then launched into his sobriety story in a lauded, one-of-a-kind monologue. He recounts waking up on Christmas morning covered in urine and deciding to plan his suicide after an all-night drinking binge.

Before executing his plan, he visited his friend, a bartender, who fixed him up with a large glass of wine which helped him forget about his suicidal ideation. "The alcohol saved my life. I was self-medicating. I needed alcohol."

Months after that fateful Christmas day, Ferguson reached out to another friend for help. He briefly detailed entering a less than glamorous rehab before wrapping up the monologue with a word of advice. 

"I have found that the only way I can deal with [alcoholism] is to find other people who have similar experiences and talk to them. It doesn't cost anything. And they're very easy to find. They're very near the front of the telephone book. Good luck," Ferguson says in an obvious allusion to Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Next up for Ferguson is an eponymous daily broadcast on SiriusXM radio which premieres on February 27. Ferguson describes the show as "Game of Thrones in your car without pictures."  

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Desiree Bowie is a writer and movie lover from Los Angeles, California. Follow her on Twitter @dangerbowie