You’ve been sober
now how many years? – Seven.
– Seven years. What turned you around? [APPLAUSE] What was bottom for you? Or was there a bottom? Bottom for me was
being with Ryan White the week he died
in Indianapolis. Seeing his family so dignified,
forgiving people that have been horrible to
them, losing a child, and having so much dignity. Whereas, I in my life would
complain about everything. And I just knew at that point
that my life was out of whack. I knew beforehand, but that was
the point I really realized it. And months after that,
I got sober and clean. That was a real big
turning point for me. I read in an article– because you never
know what you read. But that you saw Elvis, and
that was also a turning point. And that you didn’t want– Well, Elvis, when I saw him
in Washington, bless his heart– and I’m a huge Elvis fan– it was so sad, because he turned
into this big man with no eyes. They had sunken in
the back of his head. And it was pathetic. And in the end,
there are pictures of me when I look at them and
think, oh, my god, you know? You turn into Elvis. You just shut your door,
and you gained weight, and you did this,
and you did that. And you didn’t
care how you were. And it’s very easy to do that. But when you saw him,
you thought you didn’t want to end up like that. I knew he would be
dead within a year if he carried on like that.
And he was. – And he was?
– Yeah. And he was. [INAUDIBLE]. I knew I had a problem. And the hardest
thing for me was I thought I could solve
everything myself, you know? I can do this.
I’m intelligent. I’m wealthy.
I’m rich. I’m successful.
Why can’t I do this? I can do this.
I couldn’t. And for 16 years, I
couldn’t say I need help. You know that? Those three words which will
save your life, I need help. And as soon as I said
that, I was away. And haven’t looked back since. – Haven’t looked back.
– No. Just say those–
if you’re in pain and you’re afraid to reach out
because you think people will think you’re weak, or you feel
ashamed of asking for help, just swallow your pride.
Your pride will kill you. Just ask for help,
and people will be there to give it to you. I think you just saved
somebody’s life tonight. – Well, I hope so.
– Yeah. Yeah. [APPLAUSE]