Friday, January 28, 2011

Vince Neil - Has the Singer Admitted Surrender?

“I have recognized that you can’t drink and drive at all.” This is a quote from Vince Neil via his publicist that was released. Neil had been charged with a DUI on January 27, 2010 in Las Vegas. The singer will be serving a two-week sentence. Although claiming to be sober of hard drugs, he admitted that he drank responsibly at that point. This event begs the question “Is Vince Neil an addict and an alcoholic that has surrendered to the disease of addiction?”

This newsbyte is yet another tale of a celebrity that has decades of having his problems with drugs and alcohol top the headlines. In 1984 Vince Neil was in a car accident, while under the influence, which resulted in one person being injured and in the death of another individual. This would seem to be a seminal example of hitting the rock bottom of addiction and abuse. The event would have the gravity to propel the singer on a path towards recovery. True surrender is not achieved until the individual has hit their rock bottom. Until they are truly sick and tired of being sick and tired. How does an addict or alcoholic surrender to the disease of addiction?

The actual surrendering to the disease of addiction is a very personal and sometimes private occurrence in an addict’s life. At times the surrender is so powerful that it literally rocks the addict’s world, leaving them with a sense of inner knowing that enough is enough. They simply cannot continue to live in their disease; they are going to die if they continue down this path. Surrender is something to be celebrated, it is the giving over of oneself to the fact that they are truly powerless over drugs and alcohol and that their lives have become unmanageable. This is the first step in a positive direction.

This first step enables an addict to release the negative and allow the positive that the Universe has in store for them to come into their life. By welcoming the positive, an addict in recovery will see their personal true potential. They will see their potential as not only a sober functioning human being, but as a human being that is living a life with purpose and intention. By living with purpose and intention the miraculous gifts of recovery will be all the more apparent. 

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Life and Recovery Coach on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and author of"The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery."  You can reach Sherry at to learn more about her coaching packages, teleseminars, workshops, and speaking engagements.