Jon Hamm’s Openness About Rehab Is A Great Way To Tackle Stigma

In a recent interview with Mr Porter, Mad Men star Jon Hamm got real about why he has no regrets about going to rehab. The 45-year-old is often candid about his experiences with substance abuse, and soon after Mad Men came to an end in 2015, Hamm checked into rehab for alcohol addiction.

“It has all these connotations, but it’s just an extended period of talking about yourself,” he told Mr Porter. “People go for all sorts of reasons, not all of which are chemically related. But there’s something to be said for pulling yourself out of the grind for a period of time and concentrating on recalibrating the system. And it works. It’s great.”

In a society that often sweeps addiction treatment under the rug, Hamm’s words are refreshing—and potentially helpful to millions of others who may be considering seeking help. In 2014, over 16.3 million adults had an alcohol use disorder, which the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defense as “problem drinking that becomes severe.” Of those 16.3 million, about 1.5 million adults received treatment for an alcohol use disorder at a specialized facility that year.

Hamm has also been known to rave about the benefits of going to therapy, which he first attended in his early twenties after his father passed away. (He lost his mom when he was just 10 years old, and his father at 20.) “After I’d lost my dad, I had this horrible paralyzing inertia—and no one in my family was capable of dealing with it,” Hamm told Mr Porter. Ultimately, one of his half-sisters convinced him to speak with a therapist. “So what do you do? Go and see a professional. I preach it from the mountaintops. I know it’s a luxury and it’s not something everyone can afford. But if you can, do it. It’s like a mental gym.” Thanks to Hamm for speaking out about such an important issue.

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