Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower celebrates 7 and a half years of sobriety

Stranger Things star Jamie Campbell Bower celebrates 7 and a half years of sobriety as he opens up about past struggles with addiction and mental health: ‘Remember, we are all works in progress’

  •  Bower updated fans on his sobriety and mental health in a series of candid tweets published Wednesday
  • The actor revealed his active addiction began more than 12 years ago
  • The Twilight saga star admitted he hurt the ones ‘he loved the most’ while in the clutches of addiction 
  • The London, England native says he’s now more than seven years ‘clean and sober’

In the wake of his success as an actor, which includes roles in Stranger Things and the Twilight saga, Jamie Campbell Bower got candid about his struggles with addiction and mental illness.

The actor not only gave fans an update on his sobriety, he’s also now offering up some powerful words of encouragement to others still suffering with either ailment.

’12 and a half years ago I was in active addiction. Hurting myself and those around me who I loved the most,’ the London, England native tweeted, adding, ‘It got so bad that eventually I ended up in a hospital for mental health. I am now 7 1/2 years clean and sober. I have made many mistakes in my life.’

Words of wisdom: Jamie Campbell Bower, 33, updated his fans about his struggles with addiction and mental health on Twitter, while offering words of encouragement to others; he seen in Los Angeles in June 2022

Words of wisdom: Jamie Campbell Bower, 33, updated his fans about his struggles with addiction and mental health on Twitter, while offering words of encouragement to others; he seen in Los Angeles in June 2022

Bower, 33, went on to share how he’s in a much better place in his life, both personally and professionally, and that it’s all thanks to him maintaining his sobriety.

‘But each day is a chance to start again. Atone for mistakes and grow,’ he shared before directing his words to people who are in the clutches of addiction.

‘For anyone who wakes up thinking “oh god not again” I promise you there’s a way. I’m so grateful to be where I am, I’m so grateful to be sober. I’m so grateful to be. Remember, we are all works in progress J x,’ he tweeted in the follow up post. 

A slew of people found the need to comment on Bower’s tweets about his struggles and successes regarding sobriety and mental health.

One person heaped praise on Bower for encouraging his fans and followers to reach and ask for help.

Open book: The British-born actor confessed that he has 'made many mistakes' , via his addiction, for more than 12 years in his first tweet on Wednesday

Open book: The British-born actor confessed that he has ‘made many mistakes’ , via his addiction, for more than 12 years in his first tweet on Wednesday

Powerful: Bower offered words of encouragement to those still struggling with addiction and mental health in his follow up tweet

Powerful: Bower offered words of encouragement to those still struggling with addiction and mental health in his follow up tweet

‘Bless you for encouraging us to reach for lifelines when we are drowning. Bless you for being among them,’ the tweet began. ‘To have ascended to the highest levels of success, self-awareness, inner peace and comfort from addiction and mental health crisis embodies hope. I love you, we all do. Ellen.’

Cait shared how she’s proud of the actor for having the strength to share about his personal life.

‘I am literally so proud of you. I only found you recently, but god am I happy I did. You are unbelievably strong for sharing your past and private life with us, and I’m so happy you’ve healed, and are continuing to heal. I hope u know how much you are loved. Pls keep being u,’ the tweet read.

A woman named Alice sounded poetic in her reply to Bower, writing, ‘Dear Jamie, as like the lotus flower, we all have in ourselves the ability to grown from the mud. Flourishing from the darkness and spreading our inner beauty to the world.’ 

Fans responding: Many people commented on Bower's tweets about his journey from active addiction to being clean and sober more than seven years;  the actor is seen in June 2022

Fans responding: Many people commented on Bower’s tweets about his journey from active addiction to being clean and sober more than seven years;  the actor is seen in June 2022

Adrienne thanked Bower for having the courage to speak out about his mental health struggles past and present, writing, ‘… So important for men in particular to open up about their struggles with mental health. It shouldn’t be a taboo subject. Me & so many of my family members have suffered mental health issues

In the past, Bower addressed the subjects of mental health and addiction in his 2019 song, It Gets Better, which he recorded with the band Counterfeit. It had references to both issues with lyrics like, ‘If you’ve seen the bottom, if you’ve given up – Believe me, my sister, there is hope for us.’

There’s also words of encouragement with the lyrics, ‘Stand up, get loud if you feel like it – Stay up, have fun, don’t you ever quit – Maybe, it all may hurt just a little bit – Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do it.’

Along with Stranger Things (2022) and the Twilight saga (2009, 2011, 2012), the actor’s resume also includes roles in the films Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010).

Star rising: Bower stars as Henry Creel / One / Vecna in season four of Stranger Things; his acting resume also includes roles in the Twilight saga (2009, 2011, 2012), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)

Star rising: Bower stars as Henry Creel / One / Vecna in season four of Stranger Things; his acting resume also includes roles in the Twilight saga (2009, 2011, 2012), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)

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