Actress Marlee Matlin is celebrating 31-years of sobriety and she is grateful for every day.
In a Twitter post, Matlin shared how she was feeling as she reached this amazing milestone in her life.
“Ending my day, so grateful that today, I am celebrating exactly 31 years of sobriety. #grateful #thankful #sober,” she Tweeted along with a photo of her new chip.
The Switched at Birth star has openly spoken about her battle with drugs and alcohol back in the 1980s. She was in rehab at The Betty Ford Clinic when she received news she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God. Later she revealed the decision to get sober the night she won a Golden Globe for the same film, left her with little support and feeling lonely.
However, Matlin would forever be grateful to The Betty Ford Clinic and the former first lady for changing her life. She expressed such gratitude when Betty Ford passed away in 2011.
“[Betty Ford] and Betty Ford Center helped me beat my addiction. She was an angel to many,” the actress Tweeted.
Since getting sober, Matlin has not only had a thriving career in Hollywood but an amazing support system in her family. She has been married to a retired police officer, Kevin Grandalski, for almost 25-years. The couple has four children together; daughters Sara, 21 and Isabelle, 14, and sons Brandon, 17, and Tyler, 15.
Marlee Matlin has been sober for 31-years but she has not forgotten what life was like when she was addicted to drugs and alcohol. In her memoir I’ll Scream Later, the actress was forthcoming with what caused her addiction and how she gained the courage to seek help.
A childhood full of sexual abuse by people she trusted led her to get drunk and high to number the pain. As her career soared, so did her addiction. At the encouragement of a boyfriend who finished a stint at The Betty Ford Clinic, Matlin closed the door on Hollywood for a while to get the help she needed. It was the moment and the decision that changed her life for the better.
The amazing and talented Marlee Matlin is celebrating 31-years of sobriety. It is difficult getting sober and staying sober, so celebrate your heart out Marlee!