Josh Brolin, the star of the movie Labor Day with Kate Winslet, has opened up recently about his drug use in the past, and his recent four-week stay in a rehabilitation facility. As a teenager Brolin experimented with drugs including heroin while he hung out with a punk surf gang in Santa Barbara, California. The group was a mix of affluent and underprivileged teenage kids just hanging out since none was under any supervision they banded together and roamed the beaches and streets of Montecito. Brolin and his gang called themselves the ‘Cito Rats’ (Cito-for Montecito and Rats-for Surf Rats) and would often rob cars to buy drugs, Brolin claims.
Josh Brolin somehow survived that era but a lot of his friends did not. Brolin did not leave his demons behind when he left the beaches in Montecito, and in 2013 Brolin’s wild ways caught up with him. While filming the mini-series W, he was arrested in Santa Monica for public intoxication. A month later he announced he and his wife actress Diane Lane were parting ways. Brolin continued to display signs of alcohol abuse that was publicly documented and in November of 2013, he found himself in a rehabilitation facility. Brolin spent four weeks in treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.
The son of actor James Brolin and stepson of Barbra Streisand, Josh Brolin grew up in California with his actor father and activist mother Jane Cameron Agee. The couple divorced in the early 80s, so Josh was shuffled back and forth between his parents homes. Brolin was a child actor and starred in the classic 1980’s hit movie The Goonies. Although Brolin worked steadily through the years, leading man status did not hit until after his pivotal role in the Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men in 2007. In 2008, Brolin was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk.
Regardless of Josh’s success in the movies he was unsuccessful with reigning in his partying ways. His personal life was suffering, and it was only a matter of time before his career would suffer, as well. Brolin attributes rehab to his turning point. He has recently opened up in interviews and claims the experience made him think about a lot of things including the death of his mother from a car accident when he was 20 years old, and how he couldn’t move past it properly which contributed to his drug use.
Josh Brolin has a long history with drug abuse, and sharing his past use with the public is a brave step during the rehabilitation process. His past admission to using heroin is shocking, but the actor chose to pursue his acting career which may have saved his life. Brolin has three movies set to be released in 2014 and 2015; Sin City: A Dame to Kill For set for release August 22, 2013; Inherent Vice, set for release December 14, 2014; and Everest, set for release February 27, 2015. His career appears to remain untouched by any of his legal or personal problems which may not have been the case if his destructive path had continued.
By Christina Thompson