Bradley Cooper's Near-Death Struggle with Drug Addiction: A Miraculous Escape

Bradley Cooper's Journey: Battling Addiction, Finding Redemption, and Triumphing

by Zain ul Abedin
Bradley Cooper's Near-Death Struggle with Drug Addiction: A Miraculous Escape
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Renowned actor Bradley Cooper has shed light on his harrowing battle with drug and alcohol addiction, recounting the depths of his struggles and his triumphant journey to sobriety. In a recent installment of the acclaimed National Geographic series "Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge," Cooper, 48, engaged in a candid conversation about his tumultuous past.

During an expedition through the rugged Wyoming Basin, famed survivalist Bear Grylls, 49, probed Cooper about his tumultuous past, asking about the years of excess. The "Hangover" star responded, "In terms of alcohol and drugs, yeah, but nothing to do with fame.

But I was lucky. I got sober at 29 years old, and I’ve been sober for 19 years. Very lucky."

Turning Point: A Conversation for Recovery

Cooper has previously shared about his struggles with alcohol and cocaine addiction, tracing the origins back to his injury—a ruptured Achilles tendon—and his departure from the action-thriller series "Alias" in 2003.

It was a poignant conversation with his roommate and fellow actor, Will Arnett, that set him on a path to recovery in 2004. However, the journey was far from linear. In January 2011, after losing his father to lung cancer, Cooper admitted to almost succumbing to his old habits.

Grieving and grappling with a sense of nihilism, he recalled, "I definitely had a nihilistic attitude towards life after, just like I thought 'I’m going to die.' " Through resilience and introspection, Cooper emerged from this dark period.

His experiences found a creative outlet when he directed and starred alongside Lady Gaga in the acclaimed film "A Star Is Born," where he portrayed the character Jackson Maine, an addict. Reflecting on this performance, Cooper shared with Grylls, "It made it easier to be able to really enter in there… And thank goodness I was at a place in my life where I was at ease with all of that so I could really let myself go." Cooper's professional journey continues with the upcoming Netflix biopic "Maestro," a Leonard Bernstein portrayal that has sparked controversy due to Cooper's use of a prosthetic nose.

While social media ignited a debate, Bernstein's children supported Cooper's portrayal, noting that their father would have approved. Bradley Cooper's unfiltered conversation with Bear Grylls unveils a story of resilience, vulnerability, and eventual triumph over addiction.

His candor serves as a beacon of hope for those battling similar demons, a reminder that even in the darkest moments, the path to recovery is attainable.

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