In a candid interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ Michael, 52, opened up about how he initially coped with his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis — and his only answer was alcohol.
In 1991, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and took a semi-hiatus from his acting career. In a new interview, the father of four reveals how he turned to drinking alcohol excessively when he first learned of his crippling illness.
Michael J. Fox Admits To Medicating Parkinson’s Disease With Alcohol
The Canadian actor has returned to television full-time with a fun new comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show, and spoke about it in an interview on The Howard Stern Show on Sept. 25. However, the interview took a sad turn when Howard Stern and Michael spoke about his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, and how he initially coped.
“My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily,” Michael revealed. “I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone…every day.”
Michael says the excessive drinking continued for several months, until he started going to therapy to get support.
“It was about a year of a knife fight in a closet, where I just didn’t have my tools to deal with it,” Michael revealed. “But then after that I went to therapy, and it all started to get really clear to me.”
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system, where people who are diagnosed typically have movement and thinking-related issues, dementia and depression included.
We’re so glad that Michael got the help he needed — with a push from his loving wife, Tracy Pollan, 53.
Michael J. Fox’s Wife Tracy Pollan Encouraged Him To Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
The Back To The Future star also credits his wife of 25 years, Tracy, for setting him straight.
When Michael began abusing the booze, he said Tracy said to him, “Is this what you want?” As a result, Michael started going to therapy and attending Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
Now, the actor feels better than ever! We can all watch his new sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show, on NBC.
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