Michael J. Fox Tells Howard Stern: Parkinson’s Disease Led to Boozy Self-Medication

By Staff Writer | September 26, 2013 09:27 AM EDT

Michael J. Fox
(Photo : Wikimedia commons)

Michael J. Fox isn’t going to stay away from the topic of Parkinson’s on his new sit-com, “The Michael J. Fox Show.” Michael J. Fox is continuing to keep it in the dialogue by making his Parkinson's disease a part of the plot line.

Like Us on Facebook

That means that Michael J. Fox has been opening up about his history with the disease. Michael J. Fox told Howard Stern that when he was first got the Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in 1991, he was thrown by the news, which coincided with his father’s death and other family struggles. Michael J. Fox began to cop by “self-medicating.”

On the Howard Stern-hosted show, Michael J. Fox said "My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily. I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone...Every day."

It took therapy for Michael J. Fox to learn coping mechanisms for the emotional affects of the diagnosis.

Michael J. Fox said "It was about a year of a knife fight in a closet, where I just didn't have my tools to deal with it. But then after that I went to therapy, and it all started to get really clear to me."

The counseling also helped Michael J. Fox’s marriage to wife Tracy Pollan. He said "My marriage got great. And my career started to [take off again]."

“The Michael J. Fox Show” premieres tonight at 9 on Thursday on NBC.

Tagged :  world news, Howard Stern, Parkinson’s disease, booze

Featured

Editorial 11.27.14 | 07:47AM EST

With Multiple Chart-Topping Hits, 2014 Is The Year Of YG Entertainment

From their success at the MelOn Music Awards to the unstoppable hits from multiple artists, 2014 has been the year of YG.

Trends 11.26.14 | 08:15AM EST

Are Some After School Members Preparing To Graduate?

True to the band's concept structure, recent Instagram posts from member Jooyeon suggest that some key group members may be ready to move on to life After School.

Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 11.25.14 | 11:33AM EST

G-Dragon Confirms Big Bang Comeback Album Will Be Delayed Until 2015

After months of waiting, speculation that Big Bang would not be making a comeback until 2015 was confirmed by the group's leader during a recent press conference.

Editorial 11.25.14 | 08:31AM EST

7 K-Pop Videos That Should Have Gone Viral But Didn't

Tell your friends to stop watching C-Pop hit ‘Chick Chick’ and check out these weird and catchy K-Pop music videos instead.

KpopStarz Is Looking For Enthusiastic Entertainment Contributors Reach Millions On The Web.
Real Time Analytics