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James Argent reveals his drink and drug abuse has 'terrible effects' on his loved ones


James Argent has revealed that his drink and drug abuse has in the past had ‘terrible effects’ on his loved ones – even leading some to seek therapy to cope. 

The former TOWIE star, 34, told in an exclusive interview with MailOnline how his mother and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction – at a time when they had distanced themselves in order to not enable him. 

James said his family are happy he is ‘doing well’ in his sobriety, as he spoke encouragingly about how he has managed to stay clean and his focused on recovery, using tactics to combat his cravings when they arise.

Honest: James Argent has revealed that his drink and drug abuse has in the past had 'terrible effects' on his loved ones - even leading some to seek therapy to cope

Honest: James Argent has revealed that his drink and drug abuse has in the past had ‘terrible effects’ on his loved ones – even leading some to seek therapy to cope

James added that he he knows there is a fear of ‘potentially relapsing’ so he must take his recovery ‘seriously’.

The wedding singer has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on the ITVBe show in 2010, and most recently suffered a blip in his recovery last month.

He told us: ‘My using has terrible effects on other people like my mum and close friends cos they panic thinking their son or best mate’s gonna die.

‘I’m giving other people anxiety and sleepless nights and other people have had to have therapy off the back of my issues.

‘You can see it in their eyes and faces how happy they are that I’m doing so well and I’m working hard as well, I’m not being arrogant or cocky or confident, I’m still, there is still that fear of potentially relapsing so I need to just be humble and take my recovery seriously. 

The former TOWIE star, 34, told in an exclusive interview with MailOnline how his mother Patricia (pictured together) and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction

The former TOWIE star, 34, told in an exclusive interview with MailOnline how his mother Patricia (pictured together) and best friends would worry that he would die due to his addiction

He continued: ‘There is still that fear of potentially relapsing. I used to do everything in my power for it not to come out, for it not to be leaked, I used to beg my manager please if there are any stories on my drugs or alcohol use, you’ve got to get it stopped.

‘I would have sleepless night and think if this story comes out, my life’s over, my career’s over.’ 

Arg detailed his journey through sobriety, telling how each day is a ‘learning curve’, and that although he has been clean for a long period of time he is determined to not get complacent. 

Candid: James added that while his family are happy he is 'doing well' in his sobriety, he knows there is a fear of 'potentially relapsing' so he must take his recovery 'seriously'

Candid: James added that while his family are happy he is ‘doing well’ in his sobriety, he knows there is a fear of ‘potentially relapsing’ so he must take his recovery ‘seriously’

He explained: ‘You get this thinking where you think you don’t need to go to meetings anymore, you don’t need to check in with my councilor or therapist as much.

‘You can also start to forget how bad things were in the past and you can even tell yourself, ‘Oh this time it might be different, I can have a few drinks, I can manage it this time, I can control it this time, ‘ but when you’re an addict you can’t.’

He added that if he doesn’t continue to work on his recovery ‘for the rest of his life he could end up relapsing, something he has had to ‘learn the hard way’ in the past.   

James said: ‘Sometimes you do get these impulsive f**k it moments where you can be meeting up with your friends in the bar, at the club, barbecue, house party, whatever and you might get this impulsive, ‘Oh f**k it, go on, let’s have one.’ 

Struggles: The wedding singer has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on the ITVBe show in 2010, and most recently suffered a blip in his recovery last month

Struggles: The wedding singer has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on the ITVBe show in 2010, and most recently suffered a blip in his recovery last month

He told us: 'My using has terrible effects on other people like my mum and close friends cos they panic thinking their son or best mate's gonna die'

He told us: ‘My using has terrible effects on other people like my mum and close friends cos they panic thinking their son or best mate’s gonna die’

Pals: James went on to explain that when he starts to struggle and get tempted to drink he will speak to his sponsor and his best friend and fellow former TOWIE star Mark Wright (pictured with Mark in 2011)

Pals: James went on to explain that when he starts to struggle and get tempted to drink he will speak to his sponsor and his best friend and fellow former TOWIE star Mark Wright (pictured with Mark in 2011)

‘Those kind of moments or if you have a craving, they can last between 15 and 20 minutes so make yourself a glass of water or go for a walk or the first thing need to do is call someone whether it be a mate, family or someone in recovery and then after 15 or 20 minutes I’ve experienced it loads of times, the cravings do go.

‘But in those 15 minutes, they are extremely strong and all you think about is, ‘I need to get a drink, I need to do this, I need to eat that, I need to get this drug,’ and it’s so strong and you have to really know what to do to get through those cravings.’

James went on to explain that when he starts to struggle he will speak to his sponsor and his best friend and fellow former TOWIE star Mark Wright.

He also said that he is very close to his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright and her mother Debbie who are there for him when he needs.  

Last month James suffered a ‘very bad relapse’ but has been getting support via a local walk-in rehab service which he uses six days a week  

Arg previously admitted the incident made him realise he will be an addict for life.

The alarm was raised when the reality star was not answering his phone ‘after hitting a blip in his recovery’.

Close: He also said that he is very close to his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright and her mother Debbie who are there for him when he needs.

Close: He also said that he is very close to his ex-girlfriend Lydia Bright and her mother Debbie who are there for him when he needs.

Breaking his silence, Arg explained that he had enjoyed a comedy night in London with friends, where he experienced ‘cravings’. He had a first drink after buying a round for friends at the afterparty back near his home in Essex. 

‘Addicts always say one drink is never enough – if it was, I wouldn’t be an addict – but unfortunately it just escalated from there,’ he explained.   

‘After that, 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 as my body and mind hadn’t been used to it for so long.’

His ‘shocked and worried’ friends called an ambulance and after tests paramedics agreed it was safe for the star to recover at home.  

In 2019 James was hospitalised twice after overdosing on drugs at his home.

The scare was said to have been a ‘wake-up call’ to James who then ‘accepted he needs professional help’.

Arg has battled drink and drug addiction since finding fame on TOWIE and in 2014 he was suspended from the show after he failed a routine drugs test.

The TV star spent three months in a facility in Thailand over the festive season in 2016 in order to get the ‘ongoing support’ he needed.

In August 2019, Arg returned to rehab following a split from Gemma Collins in a bid to tackle his demons. He completed a third stint in treatment in 2020 prior to undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

Life: Arg detailed his journey through sobriety, telling how each day is a 'learning curve', and that although he has been clean for a long period of time he is determined to not get complacent

Life: Arg detailed his journey through sobriety, telling how each day is a ‘learning curve’, and that although he has been clean for a long period of time he is determined to not get complacent

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