David Campbell celebrates eight years of sobriety this week, and he couldn’t be happier.
The presenter took to Twitter to mark the milestone by announcing, “Been sober for 8 years this week. Best decision I made for myself, my family and my mental health. If you are thinking of it, know that it’s wonderful.”
Been sober for 8 years this week. Best decision I made for myself, my family and my mental health. If you are thinking of it, know that it’s wonderful
— David Campbell OAM (@DavidCampbell73) April 12, 2022
David was quickly flooded with Tweets celebrating his news that resonated with their own experiences.
One fan wrote, “Congratulations David. I’m considering giving it up completely myself (anxiety is always worse when I tipple),” and another commented, “Agreed. Three years for me. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But also the best that thing that I’ve ever done.”
“It’s been two years for me now – huge congratulations to you sir!” shared a Tweeter.
When David decided to become sober, he shared the moment he knew his drinking was an issue.
It was when his then four-year-old son, Leo, commented, “That “Daddy isn’t well.”
“I felt shame. I couldn’t stand by and watch this be normalised with the next generation. I wanted to be a role model for him. I wanted to be the best father I could – I still do.
“So I quit alcohol, and I have never been happier. Now a year on, I have tripled my number of children and my resolve,” he told the publication.
David’s rocker dad Jimmy Barnes has also openly spoken about his addictions in his memoir Working Class Man. During an interview with Now To Love, Mahalia Barnes revealed why her family is so open to sharing their stories.
“I think that being in the public profile, you do have less privacy, obviously. That’s just how it works; it sort of comes with the territory.
“And obviously, there are things that you can choose to keep private, or you can speak openly. But when it comes to talking about things like alcoholism and drug addiction or domestic violence, that are generally kept secret and kept in the shadows, I think the more people that can publicly talk about that stuff, the better.
“It’s not easy, it is vulnerable, but it’s also really powerful and really important to do that because I think that there’s a lot of stigmas that we have around those sorts of issues,” said Mahalia.
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This article first appeared on OverSixty.