Lowe tells Dr. Oz about overcoming his own addictions to find 25 years of sobriety

By Lindsay Kimble
October 14, 2016 03:11 PM

After overcoming years of addiction, Rob Lowe is quick to share the secret to his success — even with famous friends.

During an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show that will air Monday, Lowe revealed that he’s spoken candidly before with longtime friend Charlie Sheen about facing his demons.

“Charlie and I were running mates in the day,” Lowe told Oz.” I’ve known Charlie since he was 13.”

He added, “I have had many a conversation with Mr. Sheen. And, this can be a hard issue for some. For me, it was very easy. I mean, when I was done, I was done. And every great thing that’s happened in my life, I can trace back to that decision.”

Lowe celebrated 25 years of sobriety last year. Of the journey to getting there, Lowe explained to Oz, “Unfortunately, it’s like being pregnant. You either are or you’re not. And then on top of that — that actually becomes the easy part — is giving it all up. It’s the stuff underneath it that makes you want to do it in the first place, that you have to address, and that’s a lifelong process.”

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He compares the process to things like completing homework and even loading up on vegetables — things that are good for you but don’t “sound like much fun.”

“The truth of it is, it’s an exhilarating journey,” Lowe said. “It really is, to continue to dig in and grow and learn things about yourself.”