Kudlow tells emotional recovery story at White House event: ‘I was a hopeless abuser of alcohol and drugs’
Kudlow said that he celebrated 25 years sober in July
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow delivered emotional personal remarks about his experience with addiction at a drug recovery event organized by first lady Melania Trump.
Kudlow on Thursday said that he celebrated 25 years sober in July. He said that it would have been “unthinkable” that he would be able to occupy his current position, “the greatest honor of my professional life,” 25 years ago.
“I was a hopeless abuser of alcohol and drugs. I had tried several times unsuccessfully to get sober,” the economic adviser continued. “Like a lot of my peers and friends, I went through bloody hell and suffered significant consequences. I was unemployable.”
He said that “by the grace of God” his wife stayed with him and he was eventually able to get sober.
“I believe sincerely today it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It forced me to change, seek a new path, return to faith,” Kudlow said. He said that he learned God “could and would” help him beat his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
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To those who struggle with addiction, he said: “You can get sober, you can stay sober, you can lead a productive life.”
“My worst day now is better than any day I had before I got sober,” Kudlow said.
He said there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t think about his addiction, that he doesn’t talk to his friends from Alcoholics Anonymous and that he doesn’t say his meditations and serenity prayer.
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To employers at the event, he said: “Give us a chance, that's all we ask. I think recovering alcoholics make great employees myself.”