Nick Nolte Reconciled With Old Friends In AA, Struggles To Stay Sober
Nick Nolte was shocked to find all his old pals were in Alcoholics Anonymous after he checked in for meetings after a lost weekend.
The actor decided it was time to stop raising hell because he was setting a bad example for his son - and so he took a pal up on his offer to attend an AA seminar.
Nolte tells the Los Angeles Times, "You have to do that... to really break the back of an obsession. I grew up in a generation when the parents drank. I didn't think anything of it until I was 48 and another actor said to me, 'Are you still doing that? If you get tired of it, we have these meetings...'
"Finally, I had a weekend when I hit the bottom. My wife had to slide food under the door. I had a boy by then. It was flat-a** wrong. So I went to that meeting and I was scared to death. And when I walked in, there was everybody - I had wondered where they all had gone. There was everybody I knew."
Nolte admits the meetings have been helpful but he faces a daily struggle to stay sober: "You never overcome any of these defects of character forever; they're always with you. You have to learn to live with them."
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