Michael J. Fox Turned to Alcohol to Cope with Parkinson’s Disease

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Michael J. Fox said in an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show that he had some difficulties coping when he learned that he had Parkinson’s disease. On the show to promote his new NBC series, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” the actor said that his decision to quit show business after learning of is condition was extremely difficult.

“I just felt helpless,” Fox said on the show. “It felt unfair in a way.”

Stern then asked if Fox went into psychotherapy to help cope.

Fox said that he actually waited a few years before trying therapy, and instead turned to alcohol.

“My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily,” he said.

“What’s heavily?” pressed Stern.

“I used to drink to party and then, now, I was just drinking alone. Every day.”

Fox noted that the pattern lasted for about a year until he finally entered therapy and learned to take it “one day at a time.”

“The Michael J. Fox Show” debuts Thursday night at 9pm.

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