Michael J. Fox may be having a huge career resurgence with his upcoming NBC family comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show, but during a recent interview, the actor revealed that the transition into his second act wasn’t always so seamless.
During an interview with Howard Stern on Thursday, the former Family Ties star opened up about dealing with life after initially being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, telling the radio host that his first response to his diagnosis was to self-medicate.
"My first reaction to it was to start drinking heavily,” he revealed.
“It just felt helpless," said Michael. "It felt unfair in a way...it's hard to explain."
"I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone,” he admitted. "But then after that I went to therapy, and it all started to get really clear to me."
Michael, who credited his illness strengthening his relationship with his wife of 25 years, actress Tracy Pollan, has admitted in the past that one of the biggest challenges of dealing with Parkinson’s is dealing with daily uncertainty it presents on a physical level, although it provided him with a much-needed sense of perspective on his life.
In a 2007 interview with Esquire, he explained, “I can’t always control my body the way I want to, and I can’t control when I feel good or when I don’t. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if somebody needs me… I can’t be smug, because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I can’t be angry, because I haven’t lost it.”