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Joe Manganiello Opens Up About His Battle With Addiction

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Updated 12/4/2013 4:44pm
Joe Manganiello Opens Up About His Battle With Addiction
Media Courtesy of Smh.com.au

Dani Strehle

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Everyone’s favorite werewolf, Joe Manganiello, has confessed to the Huffington Post that he is eleven years sober. The True Blood hunk has been touring for his new book, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breading Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted, and he revealed that his predilection for alcohol got in the way of his career in his youth.
There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way [of my career]. I talk about that a lot in the book. It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out.
When pressed on whether or not he drank anymore, or if he would drink again, the gorgeous Italian stated: “No, it's been over 11 years. My life was ruined. I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober]." The actor also admitted that he was a victim of childhood bullying; but he views all of his negative experiences as instances that have helped form him character, as well as his life.
Failure became a huge part of my success story," he mused. "Now, you hear about these soccer games kids play when goals aren't counted. Everybody gets the orange slice and the pat on the back and everybody says, 'Good job!' And that wasn't the case for me and I think I benefited from that. I'm glad that I lost, I'm glad that I failed, I'm glad that I felt that way and decided to do something about it... I never wanted to feel that way again and it drove me.
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