Country Singer Trace Adkins Reflects on Near Decade of Freedom from Addiction

It’s been nearly a decade since country music star Trace Adkins’ life was torn apart by alcohol addiction, and the star is encouraging others with his story of sobriety, now spanning nine years.

It was the actions of a close friend – his music manager – that led Trace Adkins to seek treatment for the addiction, says the singer. Had the intervention not occurred, the singer said in interviews his career and possibly his life would have ended.

Adkins’ addiction story also includes a brief incarceration for a DUI offense in 2001. After entrance into a 30-day alcohol rehab facility, the singer talks about the past nine years of living addiction-free, but not without the shame, he said in interviews, and the humiliation he endured during the low points of the addiction.

One of the darkest moments, says Adkins, was the actual moment of intervention when loved ones and friends discussed all the ways his alcohol addiction had caused them pain. He recalls the reality that he was actually poisoning his body with alcohol, and that the possibility of losing his wife and daughters was a strong motivating factor in his work toward sobriety. Facing the pain he caused loved ones, says Adkins, is a moment he will never forget.

Although he says it was a very difficult experience, addressing and treating his alcohol addiction is one of the best decisions he ever made, says the celebrity. Reflecting on nearly a decade of sobriety, Adkins says his levels of productivity, his ability to focus and the wave of new opportunities have been incredible. Several new albums and a Grand Ole Opry induction have followed Adkins’ addiction recovery. The singer maintains a focus on recovery and refers to taking one step after another as part of maintaining freedom from addiction.

While Adkins’ story of drug rehab and addiction recovery is a positive message to many suffering from alcohol addiction, many patients who enter a rehab program for alcohol will experience a relapse following treatment. This is part of the reality of alcoholism as a chronic and progressive disease.

Researchers with the Caron Foundation, a national treatment center for addiction, say in reports that relapse doesn’t mean a person has failed in their recovery, but rather is a key element of the person’s journey toward recovery. The rate of relapse for addiction can reach 50 percent for those who return to excessive use of the substance, or up to 90 percent for those who only experience a short-term relapse. Experts compare these rates with the relapse rates of people who fail to continue with needed treatments for diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure.