Rob Lowe Celebrates 33 Years of Sobriety, his journey includes the Impact of the 1988 Sex Tape

Rob Lowe is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors and he recently celebrated his 33rd year of sobriety by sharing it via an Instagram post with a shirtless picture.

In the picture, Lowe is seen in the ocean almost to his neck in a beautiful sunset behind him and writing a heartfelt post where he spoke openly about his sobriety journey.

In the post, Lowe wrote “[Thirty-three] years ago today I found recovery and a tribe that has sustained me on my incredible, grateful journey,” Lowe captioned the pic. “My life is full of love, family, God, opportunity, friends, work, dogs, and fun. If you or someone you know is struggling with any form of addiction: hope and joy are waiting if you want it, and are willing to work for it!”

According to Vanity Fair, Lowe had a real problem with alcohol in the 80s when he barely broke out as a young actor in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders“.

Back in 2011, Lowe released a memoir called “Stories I Only Tell My Friends”, in the book he spoke openly about his alcoholism and how on the set of “The Outsiders”, there was beer available for the talent, even the underage ones.

In an interview, Lowe spoke to NPR and elaborated on his journey and mentioned how drinking was a big part of his life and how he realized he needed help “Without even knowing it, it became just a big part of my life to the point where…I decided that I needed to go and get help,”

Back in 1988 Lowe became known to the whole country due to a sex tape that was released where it showed Lowe having sex with an underage woman, who he claimed he did not know her age at the time.

After a lawsuit that was settled with the family, Lowe avoided being charged with any crime, later Lowe spoke to People magazine about it and mentioned that it was “the best thing that ever happened to me,” because after the scandal, he got sober.

“One of the great gifts of recovery is that you start living your authentic life. You start living your actual values and living as who you truly are” he said.

My mother called me, and I could hear her voice on the answering machine. I didn’t want to pick up because I was really, really hungover and I didn’t want her to know. She was telling me that my grandfather, whom I loved, was in critical condition in the hospital and she needed my help,” elaborated. “And I didn’t pick up. My thought process at that moment was, I need to drink half a bottle of tequila right now so I can go to sleep, so I can wake up so I can pick up this phone.”