Charlie Sheen: 'I drank to suffocate HIV anxiety'
Charlie Sheen is confident he can stay clean and sober after managing to stay clear of drugs and booze for an 11-year stretch.
Actor Charlie Sheen numbed his anxiety over his HIV diagnosis with alcohol when he first received the news.
The former Two and a Half Men star revealed his health crisis in a TV news interview in November (15), admitting he had battling the condition for four years, but now he has confessed he didn't handle things in the right way in the aftermath of his diagnosis.
"It was to suffocate the anxiety and what my life was going to become with this condition and getting so numb I didn't think about it," he told The Dr. Oz Show. "It was the only tool I had at the time, so I believed… that would quell a lot of that angst, a lot of that fear. And it only made it worse."
Charlie has battled drugs and alcohol addiction throughout his career, but he insists he can live a sober life, because he has sustained it for a significant period of time in the past.
"There was a stretch where I didn't drink for 11 years," he added. "No cocaine, no booze for 11 years. So I know that I have that in me."
Now his condition is out in the open, the 50-year-old is focused on finding a cure and being a good role model to his five children.
"They're going to see that dad is a true hero," he said. "That he helped a lot of people and continues to help people who can't help themselves."
Charlie recently spoke out about his hope to make HIV and AIDS medication more affordable, because so many sufferers in the U.S. struggle to find the money to pay for their treatment.
"I have to take three pills each day. The total cost is about $4,000 a month," he told Radaronline.com. "I know that's prohibitive to a lot of people's economic scenarios. Perhaps in my research, and in my journey, we can help develop ways that make it affordable for all."
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