While White House adviser Larry Kudlow is known for his economic advice and opinions, he opened up this week on a far more personal topic.
During a roundtable event hosted by first lady Melania Trump on Thursday, Kudlow shared his story recovery from alcoholism and cocaine addiction, as reported by the New York Post.
“I went through bloody hell”
As part of his recent remarks, he credited God for giving him the strength to overcome his addictions. The substance abuse became fodder in the news media decades ago when the former Wall Street analyst left his job at Bear Stearns to enter a rehabilitation program.
Now 25 years sober, the 73-year-old Kudlow said it would have been “unthinkable” for him to reach his current level of success when he was in the grip of addiction.
His vices nearly ruined his marriage and rendered him virtually “unemployable,” he said.
“I was a hopeless abuser of alcohol and drugs,” Kudlow said. “I had tried several times unsuccessfully to get sober. Like a lot of my peers and friends, I went through bloody hell and suffered significant consequences. I was unemployable.”
Asserting that he felt “hopeless” and bereft of the “human power” needed to save himself, he claimed that the “grace of God” led him to a place of healing through which he could get his life back together.
“The best thing that ever happened to me”
“I believe sincerely today it was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Kudlow said. “It forced me to change, seek a new path, return to faith.”
He continues to maintain communication with allies from the Alcoholics Anonymous program and recites the Serenity Prayer every day for continued spiritual strength.
“My worst day now is better than any day I had before I got sober,” he said. “You can get sober, you can stay sober, you can lead a productive life.”
The first lady addressed the issue of addiction, which she noted is becoming more prevalent as the “coronavirus pandemic has increased feelings of loneliness and sadness,” adding that the Trump administration is “committed to making sure no one is left behind and the forgotten man and woman are forgotten no more.”
While the president’s supporters have come to expect Kudlow to break down the latest economic improvements, he has offered a different type of encouragement for families across the nation dealing with some type of addiction.