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Charlie Sheen Needs “The King’s Speech”

posted by Douglas Howe

It takes a rare event–or series of events–to rival Oscar on the lifestyle pages and TV screens of our country, and this year there was a big one. Of all of the awards, gossip, parties, fashion, blogs, photos and other hoopla that surrounds Oscar Night, I found myself inspired by one very simple and very public proposition that a reflective person could clearly detect:
Either we can make it on our own or we can’t. As a person of faith and the benefactor of mentors, I choose the latter. Let me explain it in two words:
Charlie Sheen.
On a night when Best Actor Colin Firth portrayed a stammerer who needed assistance from someone who could help–an inspiration which drove “The King’s Speech” to the Best Picture prize–Charlie Sheen is pronouncing on what seems like every talk show on television that he, himself is all he needs…that he has overcome his addiction problems by himself.
“I closed my eyes and made it so with the power of my mind,” he proclaimed on “The Today Show” when discussing his “new” sobriety, after having undergone “at-home” treatment through a crisis management center he dubbed the “Sober Valley Lodge.”
He went on to discuss those who fall back from their sobriety efforts as “trolls” and “weak,” and had several un-flattering comments for those who seek to help, including Alcoholics Anonymous. You can see video clips and read more about it here, and you’ll see him all over the screen in the coming days via “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” and a host of other shows.
Contrast this with the words of “The King’s Speech” producer Emile Sherman’s humility: “To have been part of a film that’s touched and moved people so much all around the world has been just a huge privilege and we’re indebted to everyone standing behind us and you know, our financiers took a huge risk on this film. It’s not an obvious film to back.”
Then, backstage, Sherman went further, explaining that he felt the true inspiration for audiences was their connection to “someone who reached out for help.” We all need to do that, and to the degree that “The King’s Speech” modeled it not only in its message but in the style of its creators, kudos to them…and prayers for Charlie Sheen.



  • david

    What a great post. Very well said. Thanks, BeliefNet!

  • Clinton Hall

    Charlie Sheen is a jerk. Ignore him and he will go away.

  • Debbie

    Excellent article Beliefnet! Perhaps the worst part of the disease of addiction is that we, the bystanders, tend to forget how very sick the individual is because of their outlandish and rude behaviors. Charlie Sheen is a very sick man who seems not yet ready to acknowlege that he is sick or that he needs others. Truthfully he will never get well until he does. What he needs most is our prayers for him and his family. They are all suffering!

  • Dorothy

    As I listen to Sheen, with the book of AA in his hand,as it was a joke,it burden me. Knowing that addiction is a insidous disease, he need our prayers. I thank God for AA, it is by the grace of God, I have been clean and sober for since 1980.

  • Darknightenor

    Charlie has now clue about who is in charge and who helped him get where he is. Maybe God is using Charlie’s ego to help us as an example. Until he surrenders he will continue to spiral downward. Look at Craig Ferguson and others:)

  • Karrie

    Don’t knock it until you try it…I battled addiction for several years…went to AA meetings, therapist, rehab, etc etc…I found that being around other addicts in these surroundings always caused me more harm than good…I would always meet and befriend other addicts…which always led to my relapse as well as their’s. I just decided one day I had enough of myself and my addictive behavior so I QUIT…there you have it…it can be done…I have been sober for 10 years. No treatment is a miracle cure…the change always comes from one’s self no matter what…therapist just help you figure out that you want to change…sounds to me like he saved a little money and did what I did…it isn’t rocket science. Recovery can be very private for some…so let it be…maybe he isn’t alone…maybe God is helping too.

  • Larry

    I have not yet seen “The King’s Speech” so I will not comment on the message that it must have made to win the best picture Oscar. I do, however, know a thing or two about addictions. I drank alcohol to excess most of my adult life and having come of age in the late sixties, I used my share of recreational drugs also. When I was divorced from m first and only wife, I spiralled down the alcohol toilet straight into to the sewer of human shame. Finally, after many years of this existance I realized that I was doing great harm to not only myself but my children also. My daughter had come to live with me and after a few months of seeing me in the condition I was in, she got up one morning and just said and I quote, “Dad, I can’t take this anymore” and left me to my own devices. That was all it took and I prayed hard and long then and just quit all my vices then and there. Although I never joined AA or any other group, I, like Charlie Sheen did not seek help from others and have been sober and drug free for many years now. I know one thing that Charlie seems not to, I would not have beaten this devil if not for the grace of God and the love of my daughter.

  • Mary

    Congratulations to those of you who beat your addictions, whether by yourself or with help. However, how can you think Charlie Sheen is well? I am a psychologist and I will tell you, he is headed for a big fall. His bizarre speech and facial distortions, his violent behavior toward his ex-wife and children, running with prostitutes who may be connected with a strong organization of not so patient bosses, his habit of not sleeping, etc. show that he will either be taken by drugs, have what we used to call a nervous breakdown, be jailed, or be injured if he can’t pay his prostitutes’ charges. He said that he will have to work to pay off his huge expenses. How can he run through 1.8 million dollars per show? It just shows how extreme his behavior is. I pray for his family, especially his father who has tried throughout his son’s life to help him. I pray that he stops before he is dead. I pray that he will stop abusing his children by subjecting them to his behavior. But he will have to hit rock bottom before he changes and you won’t see him making over the hill interviews when he does.

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