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Jeff Daniels used therapy to get sober at 50

Jeff Daniels used therapy to get sober at 50

Jeff Daniels sought therapy at 50 years old to help him regain his sobriety because he knew he couldn't do it by himself.

The Dumb and Dumber star had been alcohol-free for 14 years prior to the big age milestone, but he relapsed shortly after celebrating his birthday.

"I had just turned 50, which is a speed bump, and at 80-miles-per-hour," he tells podcast Death, Sex & Money. "And I hadn't drank for 14 years, cold. Just cold turkey. Just quit... I was two months into 50 and I was checking into a hotel room in some city. I'm throwing the suitcase on the bed and I hear a voice behind me. And it's me, clear as day say, 'Don't you think you've punished yourself enough?' And I stopped. I said, 'Yeah, yeah I have.' Mini bar, here we go."

The 61-year-old stopped drinking three months later, but he had to seek professional help to get sober.

"(The first time I got sober it) was (me) trying to do it on my own and the second time was, 'You can't do this on your own'," he continues. "You need help, you need some people who know a hell of a lot more about this than you do, Mr. Smart Guy. It's in my family, which I came to learn."

And his newfound sobriety ended up bringing him closer to his wife once more.

"I just wasn't asleep on the floor at 7.30 at night and the kids are running around and she needs help," he adds. "It (drinking) just didn't need to be a part of my life. And then you get unhappy. And, you know, the career was also at a point - that's when I started up again. And I thought I was just (going) to take some of the stress away (with the drinking). Just to relax, like you would with anything."

- Cover Media