Steve-O Celebrates a Decade of Sobriety

By Victoria Kim 03/13/18

The 43-year-old reality star took to Instagram to announce his sober milestone and thank those who helped him begin his journey.

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Arguably the rowdiest member of the Jackass crew, Steve-O, hit his 10-year sober milestone this month. To celebrate, he thanked Jackass ringleader Johnny Knoxville for helping him get there.

“Hard to believe it’s been an entire decade since I’ve had a drink of booze or any drug stronger than Advil (except when I've been in hospitals having surgery)” Steve-O (born Stephen Glover) said in an Instagram post. “I just can’t put into words how grateful I am for @johnnyknoxville and the rest of the guys who locked me up in a psychiatric ward on March 9, 2008, where this journey began. Thank you, dudes, I love you.”

In a 2011 exclusive interview with The Fix, Steve-O described the turning point that pushed him to recovery. “Basically, I took an honest look at myself and at my actions, and was horrified and felt like I couldn’t forgive or live with myself,” he said. “The answer was to stop doing the shit that made me feel bad and create a new history.”

He was promoting the release of his memoir Steve-O: Professional Idiot at the time, at three years sober. The idea to do a book, which he co-wrote with David Peisner, came up “just out of rehab, in my first sober living house,” he said. “I had been to one psych ward and didn’t know I’d be going to a second one yet.”

It would take a while for Steve-O to settle in recovery, after a period of smug self-satisfaction. “When I first got sober and became a vegetarian, I was just gallivanting around, bludgeoning everyone with my righteousness,” he told The Fix. “I was, arguably, more arrogant and obnoxious than I had been loaded. But after the second psych ward, I started to deal with what I was scared of.”

Separating his public persona from himself saved his life as much as anything else, he said. “Sobriety, for me, has been a function of finding separation between my personal life and my career.”

As for whether he is tempted to return to his old ways, Steve-O said at the time that he’d overcome certain impulses that controlled him in the past. “There’s a big difference between temptation and obsession,” he said. “Temptations will come and go. The obsession has been lifted and temptation hasn’t turned to obsession—at least not in a good long time.”

Other members of the Jackass crew, now middle-aged, recently reflected on how substance abuse fit into the lifestyle. Chris Raab explained how they would use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. Reckless stunts and painful pranks were fixtures of the Jackass brand. 

“If you got hurt, you were like, ‘Oh, I can just take a pill for that… I’m in pain. I broke my ankle. I need this,’” Raab, who is going on nine years sober, told Page Six earlier this year.

“And before you know it, you’re just so caught up in it. Then what happens is people are like, ‘Raab, you have a drinking problem, your’e doing too many drugs’ and you’re like, ‘I’m not as bad as this person and this person,’ and you’re surrounded by a bunch of drug addicts and alcoholics and you’re just pointing the fingers at each other.”

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