Actor Jason Mewes is opening up about a hard time in his life before he got sober. And is sharing the tough love he received from friend and collaborator Kevin Smith that helped him turn his life around.
The Clerks actor shared the whole touching story while appearing as a guest on Steve-O's podcast, Wild Ride with Steve-O.
As Mewes explained in the clip from @soberhope, the incident might've happened a long time ago but still has a huge impact on his life. "There was a time I remember, I went to [Kevin Smith's] house. It was Thanksgiving and I always used to have Thanksgiving with him. And I remember me and him sitting out in front of his house. And him crying, being like 'I want to let you in, but the whole family's here,'" he recalled.
"I had a tank top on and I had track marks, and he was like, 'I can't have you see them like that,'" he added, explaining that at the time he was using drugs. Smith offered to bring Mewes some dinner, but told him that he didn't want his kids to see him while he was under the influence.
"It made sense to me, but that was the first time I actually got sober for a while," he continued. Mewes' sobriety did waver a few years down the line, but now he's been sober for 11 years.
People in the comments section applauded the actor for being so candid about his journey. "1 day at a time. 11 years is great, stay strong," one person cheered. "Thank God for Kevin. You boys stories are great. Stay strong," a second commenter added. "Kev is a real one. Has his buddy's back but also sets limits," another commenter pointed out. "I find it comforting to know that you guys can now connect sober and relate to the struggle. Keep it up," someone else wrote.
We really hand it to Kevin Smith, he did something so difficult but ultimately so kind for his friend. We can really see why these two have been friends for so long.
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