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Jack Osbourne is marking a major milestone.
He’s passed 16 years – that’s 192 months – of sobriety.
The reality star, 33, posted an emotional Instagram post on Sunday, reflecting on what he described as “the toughest year of my recovery.”
“By far this has been not only the toughest year of my life but also the toughest year of my recovery,” his post said. “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.”
Osbourne and his wife of six years, Lisa, finalized their divorce in March. With joint custody, he’s moving forward as a single dad to daughters Pearl, who’s nearly 7, Andy Rose, 3, and Minnie Theodora, 1.
“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 (expletive) off,” Osbourne said.
“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,” he continued. “Im here writing this today sober because of the friends in my life who showed up for me when I needed support the most.”
Osbourne ended by quoting from “The Big Book,” written by Bill W., one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Osbourne told People he decided to discuss his sobriety with the public because, “It’s a part of my life. … I think in this day and age when the opioid crisis is what it is — it’s the No. 1 killer of men under the age of 50, it’s actually lowered the life expectancy of Americans now — I think people need to be more open about, ‘Hey there is a solution to this problem. It might not be the only solution but there is one out there.’ ”
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