Not Giving Up Drinking

Charlie Sheen was on Good Morning America this morning making light of his attitude last year. But an expert says his comments may do harm to more than just himself.

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen’s appearance on Good Morning America this morning was supposed to be seen as a fresh start, but instead, it has doctors more worried about him than ever.

"We live in a country where it's always ‘Miller Time’ so what are you going to do? It's happy hour somewhere in the world," Sheen said, fresh out of rehab.

"I don't believe in rehab anymore," he continued. "It's not for me. It's not for everyone. It's not a one-size-fits-all and it didn't fit me."

Addiction expert Ben Levenson, CEO and co-founder of Origins Recovery Centers, is worried about the damage Sheen may have done today with these comments.

"Charlie Sheen's statements this morning are dangerous and could quite possibly lead to deadly ramifications for addicts across the nation,” Levenson said. “Clearly, he is no poster boy for recovery and one of the last people an addict should take advice from.”

Sheen admits he has not stopped drinking, but has managed to control his anger, just in time to promote his new show Anger Management.

“If Mr. Sheen wants to promote his new show, great, but, I respectfully ask that he does not make blatantly false statements about addicts being able to successfully drink alcohol,” Levenson continued. “For a real addict, eventually there's a syringe or pill or pipe at the bottom of every bottle of booze."

Sheen’s outbursts last year caused his firing from his then-show Two and a Half Men. There were a few moments during his Good Morning America interview when he almost seemed like he was apologizing.

"My biggest regret is going a little too far," Sheen said. "The key for me would have been the advice I got when I was in anger management myself for a year and that is you can always leave the room."

Levenson again disagrees, and feels making these statements publicly will hurt more than himself.

“If he wants to continue living his life of privilege in the delusion that he can drink and not fall back to his drug of choice, so be it, but, for any real addict, there isn't an 'off' switch.”

Sheen’s new show Anger Management premieres this Thursday on FX.

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Comments on "Charlie Sheen doesn't believe in rehab, only "Miller Time""

Jo Moore June 28, 2012 | 11:20 AM

"Cease fighting anything or anyone" Best thing I ever learnt for anger management regarding other peoples opinions, which they have a right to have

Dick B. June 26, 2012 | 5:39 PM

I don't know Charlie Sheen; so I don't particularly concern myself over his statements or conduct. My experience with my own alcoholism (and long ago recovery) showed me that garden variety alcoholics drink, get drunk, get in trouble, and rise to do it again and again and again. It seems to take a lot to kill an alcoholic. But just think. All the extra time affords a chance to wise up to the problem of temptation, devilish influences, old habits, seeming insanity, medical incurability, endless harms to self and others. Maybe if there were no consequences, some dude could announce he doesn't believe in rehab and looks forward to "Miller Time." But early AAs took an entirely different approach. Once they knew they were licked, once they knew they couldn't stop if they started, once they realized that the always drank too much--way too much, some abandoned further risk, went to rehab or treatment or counseling, or bought into old school A.A.--God could do for them what they couldn't do for themselves. That's got nothing to do with rehab where most ignore discussion about God or early A.A. It's got a lot to do with whether God rewards those who believe that He is and diligently seek Him. He did me. And He can for those who stop laughing at risk and start turning to God. B., International Christian Recovery Coalition.

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