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What We Can Learn From the Cheyenne Jackson Relapse

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What We Can Learn From the Cheyenne Jackson Relapse

In a recent interview, I had the opportunity to discuss Cheyenne Jackson’s relapse after 10 years of sobriety, as detailed in a People magazine article. We talked about the challenges he faced, the lessons we can learn from his experience, and the importance of maintaining a strong support system in addiction recovery.


Cheyenne Jackson, an actor from American Horror Story and Broadway, recently revealed that he relapsed after 10 years of sobriety. In the interview, he discussed his feelings of vulnerability, shame, and the reasons that may have led to his relapse. We examined these factors and shared our thoughts on how others in recovery can learn from his experience and safeguard their own sobriety.

Key Takeaways

  1. Embrace vulnerability: Cheyenne’s decision to come forward about his relapse shows courage and a willingness to be vulnerable. As I mentioned during our discussion, “I really admire that because it’s just saying right up front I’m a little bruised over here…give us some compassion because we’re feeling vulnerable.”
  2. Learn from relapses: Instead of focusing on the shame associated with relapsing, it’s important to look at the lessons learned. As I stated, “it doesn’t have to be a place of shame, especially if you learned from it, if you gained knowledge from it, if you’re coming back into your sobriety reinvigorated.”
  3. Recognize the value of long-term recovery: Cheyenne’s 10 years of sobriety should not be disregarded. I emphasized that “whether you have 10 days or 10 years, that is a part of your journey.”
  4. The importance of connection: Cheyenne mentioned feeling like a “lone wolf” and acknowledged the need for a support system in recovery. I explained that “those meetings and groups and places where we’re around people also in recovery are also a source of accountability.”
  5. Stay vigilant: Cheyenne’s story serves as a reminder to avoid complacency and to stay vigilant in maintaining sobriety. I mentioned Matthew Perry’s quote about never considering oneself “cured” as a valuable lesson for anyone in recovery.

Personal Advice as an Addiction Recovery Expert

  1. Prioritize connection and support. Engage in regular meetings, therapy sessions, and support groups to maintain accountability and foster a sense of community.
  2. Reflect on your recovery journey, and remember the lessons learned from past experiences.
  3. Remain vigilant in your commitment to sobriety and avoid becoming complacent with your progress.
  4. Embrace vulnerability, and seek help when necessary.
  5. Continuously reassess your recovery plan and make adjustments as needed to maintain long-term sobriety.

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Q1: What can we learn from Cheyenne Jackson’s relapse?

A1: We can learn the importance of vulnerability, learning from relapses, recognizing the value of long-term recovery, staying connected, and remaining vigilant in maintaining sobriety.

Q2: How can connection and support help prevent relapses?

A2: Connection and support provide accountability and a sense of community, which are crucial in maintaining sobriety and preventing relapses.

Q3: How can one avoid complacency in their recovery journey?

A3: Stay engaged in recovery activities, maintain a strong support system, and continuously reassess your recovery plan to ensure you’re actively working on your sobriety.

Q4: What should I do if I relapse?

A4: Reach out to your support system, seek help from professionals, and focus on learning from the experience rather than dwelling

Kristin Fuller is a Certified Emotional Healing and Recovery Coach, Certified Facilitator for SMART Recovery, Certified Trauma and Somatic Healing Expert, and a member of NADAAC. As a survivor of sexual abuse and alcoholism, Kristin is passionate about helping others overcome addiction, depression, and anxiety. Her "Unchained and Reclaimed" framework, which she offers through private coaching sessions, teaches clients how to unchain themselves from addiction and reclaim a life full of vibrancy, hope, and healing. Kristin is also the producer of the "Last Call With Kristin" podcast, where she provides a safe space to discuss addiction, recovery, and trauma without shame, blame, or stigma. Her coaching strengths lie in supporting those with past trauma wounds who have turned to addiction to cope and survive.

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