He’s turned his life around over the past two years – quitting booze and drugs and undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. But last week, James “Arg” Argent revealed just how close he recently got to undoing all his hard work for good, after suffering a “bad relapse” last month.
Speaking from his Essex home, the 34 year old said he’d broken his two years of sobriety and that the paramedics had been called after one drink spiralled into something more.
“Addicts always say one drink is never enough,” said Arg – who said he’d had “cravings” while on a night out with friends in London.
“I can’t get into the specifics of what I did, but that’s where it all started and I ended up at home having an awful relapse. I’d been clean and sober for such a long time, it hit me like a ton of bricks,” he added.
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Arg said that his “cravings” had worsened following his surgery last April as – after feeling and looking better than he’d done in years – he’d convinced himself that he was “fully recovered”.
He said that he’s learnt from his mistake and has accepted that for him alcohol is a “gateway to other things like drugs”.
“I’m an addict, so it’ll never be just one or two drinks – that will lead me to hospital or death,” he admitted.
“If I have a drink, it affects my friends, family, career, relationships… I let people down, I am selfish and I lie to people. There are so many consequences if I just have one drink.”
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