Famous gay porn star Brent Everett (real name Dustin Germain) recently opened up about being a drug addict for years and how he now manages to stay sober.
The 32-year-old Canadian started his modelling and adult film career in the early 2000s and quickly rose to fame, garnering a huge worldwide following.
‘I’m an addict,’ he wrote. ‘I have used hard drugs on and off for years. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through in my life.’
He added: ‘I put my family through hell and hurt everyone close to me. All they did was try to help me and I pushed them away. All I can do is apologise to them for any pain I caused. The person I become when on drugs is not human. It’s someone else. It scared me and I know it scared the ones I loved.’
Everett remarked talking about the issue on social media isn’t exactly how he’d pictured his coming out as an addict to be. Nonetheless, ‘I want to own up to it,’ he said.
The actor expressed his gratitude for still being alive and well, and also revealed that religion helped him through the tough times.
‘After years of drug use, I am currently sober for the longest time I ever have been. I wake up and I thank god I’m still here.
‘You may have noticed I’ve been a lot more religious lately. Now you know why. I’m thankful God has allowed me to walk this earth today. I’m here for a reason. I will tell you more about this phase of my life later on.
‘Right now, I’m feeling great. Happy. I am beating addiction day by day, as I know so many of you are as well. You’re not alone.’
Everett ended off his note by sharing on how people should approach someone who’s dealing with addiction issues:
‘It is one thing to want to remind someone when you see them repeating mistakes to help them, but do so with love, even if it’s tough love.
‘It’s another thing, to use it against a person when they are not making any mistakes and trying to move passed them. Trying to make their past, not a present and constant reminder. That’s called belittling and self righteousness.’
He urged people to ‘take the high road.’