Jack Osbourne Celebrates 16 Years Of Sobriety

By David Konow 04/26/19

The son of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne took to Instagram to celebrate his sober milestone. 

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Jack Osbourne, son of legendary metal madman Ozzy Osbourne, and his sister Kelly have been open about inheriting the struggle of addiction from their family genes. Now, Jack is celebrating 16 years of sobriety.

On his Instagram, Osbourne posted the following stats: "You’ve been sober for: 16.00 Years, 192.00 Months, 5,845 Days, 140,263 Hours."

Osbourne, who also lives with MS, wrote, “By far this has been not only the toughest year of my life, but also the toughest year of my recovery. I have learned so many things about myself. Some good, some not so good. But I continued to do it sober even in the face of legit pain and sadness.”

In March Osbourne finalized his divorce from Lisa Stelly, his wife of seven years, and is adjusting to raising three young girls as a single dad. And Papa Ozzy is recovering from a bout with pneumonia that forced him to cancel all performances for the year.

Jack went to rehab at the age of 17 for an OxyContin addiction. As he continued in his Instagram post, “If at 17 someone told me where I’d be at 33 with 16 years of continual sobriety, I would have laughed and told you to fuck off. Even though this last year of sobriety was filled with so much pain it all led to some fantastic personal growth.

“I would love to tell you I managed this by being some kind of spiritual giant who roams the halls of recovery meetings, but it’s not the case,” Osbourne continues. “I’m here writing this today sober because of the friends in my life who showed up for me when I needed support the most. I will be grateful for all you did.”

Looking back on going in to rehab at 17, Osbourne told Blabbermouth, “I took myself out of the picture for a second and I looked around at every single person in the room, at who they were, how old they were and what they had going on in their lives. A lot of them were near 30, unemployed, living off their parents. They were heroin addicts, they were the world’s biggest couch potatoes. And it was like, ‘I don’t want to be like that. I don’t want my life to be controlled by a drug… I was really loaded and I just sat on my mom’s bed and said, ‘I am going to go pack my bags, I’m in, I’m ready to go. I want to go, I need to go.'”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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