Anthony Hopkins is being praised on social media as he celebrates 45 years of sobriety.
On Tuesday, the 82-year-old actor shared an uplifting Twitter video to commemorate the major milestone in his recovery from alcohol addiction.
Hopkins began his video by acknowledging that 2020 has been “a tough year, full of grief and sadness for many, many, many people,” but went on to share an inspiring message.
“45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call,” he said. “I was headed for disaster, I was drinking myself to death. I’m not preachy, but I got a message. A little thought that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’ And I said, ‘I want to live.’”
The Silence of the Lambs star continued, “And suddenly the relief came and my life has been amazing. I have my off days and sometimes little bits of doubt and all that. All in all, I say hang in there.”
Hopkins offered words of encouragement to those struggling with sobriety, saying, “Today is the tomorrow you were so worried about yesterday. Young people, don’t give up. Just keep in there. Keep fighting. Be bold. Mighty forces will come to your aid. That’s sustained me through my life.”
The actor ended his message by wishing everyone a happy new year and declaring that 2021 is “going to be the best year.”
With gratitude, I celebrate 45 years of sobriety. pic.twitter.com/fxzMRGlI4m
— Anthony Hopkins (@AnthonyHopkins) December 29, 2020
Hopkins received widespread praise on social media after sharing his heartfelt message. Among those saluting the actor were celebrities such as comedienne Kathy Griffin, actresses Patricia Heaton, Mayim Bialik, Natasha Lyonne, Lea Thompson, Maureen McCormick, and Elizabeth Perkins, rockers Paul Stanley and Nils Lofgren, novelist Marian Keyes, and actor Treat Williams.
And AMEN. https://t.co/XKf1X3fAV0
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) December 30, 2020
Oh, I LOVE this 🤩😍🥰 Honestly, a life free from the gnawing misery of addiction is utterly WONDERFUL 🎊🎉🥳 https://t.co/8w1dqAX54v
— Marian Keyes (@MarianKeyes) December 30, 2020
More of this please https://t.co/PXnvBqgPOs
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) December 30, 2020
Legend 🎂 https://t.co/1jIxWdjGXp
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 30, 2020
— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) December 30, 2020
Bless you Anthony https://t.co/RbiAzaYIXN
— Treat Williams (@Rtreatwilliams) December 30, 2020
This is a beautiful message. One day at a time. Keep fighting! This is gonna be the best year. https://t.co/PhmLreXNiP
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) December 30, 2020
🙌🏾 beautiful. https://t.co/AE0XhMCeMf
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) December 30, 2020
— natasha lyonne (@nlyonne) December 29, 2020
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) December 29, 2020
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