April 24 | By Rachael
Addiction, either to drugs or any other substance, has time and again proven to have driven wedges between families and relationships. It seems that Tommy Lee, the Mötley Crüe drummer and ex-husband of Pamela Anderson, has also joined the list of celebrities, whose family life was ruined because of alcohol use. However, relationships can be saved if timely treatment for alcoholism is sought from a credible alcohol clinic.
Ever since the physical altercation between Lee and his son Brandon took place, the rumour mills have been running abuzz. Lee and Brandon, have issued differing statements about what had happened that fateful night. While Lee blamed his son for the swollen and bloody lip he had, Brandon said that he had to punch his father in self-defence as he was under the influence of alcohol.
While the reason for Brandon’s violent outburst is still unclear, no one was taken into custody for the incident. Yet, Lee pressed charges against his son. Brandon, on the other hand, took to social media to clear his name by blaming the flare-up on Lee’s addiction to alcohol. “I’ve worked tirelessly organizing an intervention and it’s incredibly upsetting that it never came to fruition. I wanted my dad’s hopeful sobriety and recovery to be a private family matter but, as a result of his accusations on social media, I feel forced to speak out,” he said in a statement issued for the USA Today. Lee, on the other hand, denied what his son claimed in the tweet. He said that the story of his alcoholism was made up as an excuse to cover up the physical assault on him.
Anderson, took her son Brandon’s side and issued a lengthy statement titled, “Alcoholism is the Devil”, on her website. The statement made her stand clear on the episode. She called her ex-husband a “disaster spinning out of control.” She further said that he could not “handle the guilt about his abusive behaviour” and had never taken responsibility for what he did. She also accused Lee of “not acting like a father” which was “nothing new.”
Lee, however, insisted that he had been nothing but a father fulfilling the wishes of his children. He also said that he had never raised a hand on Brandon, even during the altercation. Further, he denied all accusations of being “a deviant alcohol abuser.”
It is still not known whether Lee indeed suffers from the “disease of alcoholism” as portrayed by Anderson and Brandon. Alcoholism is a malady that affects more than 15 million Americans aged 12 years or older in the United States, which is almost an estimated one in 18 people. Moreover, studies have found that in 50 percent cases of domestic violence, substance abuse was also a contributor. Unfortunately, these statistics do not represent the real scenario as there are a number of people who have not yet come forward either because they are in denial or because they are apprehensive about the stigma associated with addiction.
An acceptance of one’s addiction is the first step to recovery. Seeking help for alcohol addiction is not something to be ashamed of. In fact, it one of the wisest and most important decisions a person addicted to alcohol can take. If you or your loved one is fighting alcohol addiction, contact the Colorado Alcohol Addiction Helpline for information about our facilities offering alcohol addiction treatment in Colorado. Call at our 24/7 alcohol addiction helpline number 866-592-9261 or chat online with our counselors to know about our Colorado alcohol addiction help.