Rob Lowe surprised his son, John Owen Lowe, with a five-year sobriety chip during an emotional moment on a recent episode of The Drew Barrymore Show.
The discussion centered around their shared experiences of staying sober, with both Lowe and Barrymore having battled alcohol abuse in the past.
Barrymore commended Lowe’s family for their support for each other during challenging times, referencing her own candid conversations with her daughters about her struggles with addiction.
Said the talk show host: ‘I’ve been really honest with my kids who are younger, but they know my story, they know I can’t drink, it’s not for me, it doesn’t work for me.
‘They know my pitfalls and you guys are an incredible family unit that support each other through every high and low.’
Rob Lowe, aged 59, proudly acknowledged the shared journey of recovery with his son John Owen Lowe during an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show. Rob, who has been in recovery for 33 years, surprised his son by presenting him with a five-year sobriety chip on the show, as John Owen celebrated his five-year milestone on a recent Saturday. The emotional moment was filled with love and admiration, as Rob expressed his pride and love for his son, and John Owen expressed gratitude for his father’s support.
Rob Lowe has been open about his own battles with substance abuse, which he faced after his early success in Hollywood in the 1980s. He has credited fellow musician Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, for providing encouragement and support during his early days of sobriety. Rob shared that initially, he had concerns about losing his “coolness” and the fun in life after getting sober, but he has since found fulfillment and success in his recovery journey.
The touching exchange between Rob and John Owen on The Drew Barrymore Show highlights the importance of support and understanding in the process of recovery, and the celebration of significant milestones in sobriety. Both father and son serve as inspirational examples of overcoming challenges and maintaining sobriety, while also sharing their experiences to help others on similar paths.
Rob Lowe spoke candidly about how Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, played a significant role in his recovery journey during an interview with Men’s Health. Rob expressed that if Tyler’s recovery was good enough for him, it was good enough for him too, as Tyler had become a big part of who he has become.
In the same interview, John Owen Lowe, Rob’s son, shared about his own struggles with substance abuse and how his parents dealt with him during his lowest points of addiction. John Owen admitted to pushing the limits of his body and using substances to numb out and medicate his self-doubt and discomfort. He revealed that there were many times he came close to death due to his addiction, but he considered himself lucky to have survived.
John Owen also shared that initially, he resisted his parents’ attempts to help him, viewing their lifeline of recovery as abrasive and pushing them away. However, he eventually realized that his voice and opinion mattered, and it was when his parents expressed their love and fear for him that he felt the shift towards seeking help.
John Owen’s story underscores the challenges of addiction and the importance of support from loved ones, even if it may be initially perceived as abrasive. It also highlights the significance of validating the emotions and opinions of those struggling with addiction, as it can be a pivotal factor in their recovery journey.