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Martin Sheen Says Charlie Needs "Help And Sympathy"

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It must be hard for a father to deal with a son who has an addiction.

Martin Sheen is proof of that and is speaking out about his son, Charlie.

He says:

"Charlie is dealing with the most profound problems and addiction, it is no secret. His behavior has been an example of that.

So, if he had cancer, how would we deal with him? Well, he has another disease and it is equally as dangerous as cancer. And so we lift him up and we pray for him and be present to him. And we try to meet with him as much as we can. But he is an adult and he needs a lot of help on a lot of different levels.

He has been out there on his own for a very long time and as a family you never get used to it. It is a rollercoaster ride and it's been going on for some time. So we deal with it every day."

No matter how outrageous or how "entertaining" Charlie may seem to his fans, Martin is right. He is still fighting many addictions and it's not just he who suffers, but his family well… Especially his children.

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30 comments to “Martin Sheen Says Charlie Needs "Help And Sympathy"”

  1. 1

    Yeah, but you don't choose cancer! You choose to drink and you choose to do drugs therefore setting yourself up for addiction, it doesn't just happen to you! So I'll choose to not feel sorry for him. He brought this on himself……

  2. 2

    Associated Press says he changed the shows format and received a standing ovation in Chicago.

  3. 3

    Having a loved one suffering with mental illness is one of the most confusing and difficult experiences I have personally gone through. The stigma and confusion that exists around what mental illness is capable of is nearly as painful as watching the person you love suffer… Despite the fact that he may have "chosen" to act in ways that are destructive i.e. drinking, drugs, etc. it is often a complicated matter that needs compassion rather than quick snap judgements. The media, and people who claim to support Charlie (and anyone suffering in the way that he is) should wake up and realize that enabling this behavior is only perpetuating some really damaging and horrible social assumptions.

    I personally wish all the best to his family and hope that they have lots of love and support while going through what must be an awful and very public ordeal.

  4. 4

    Mr. Sheen, stop yakking to the media and lawyer up to go Britney on your son.

  5. frrf says – reply to this


    If he is so concerned why is he running to the press??

  6. 6

    Re: whattheworldneedsnow – I can only assume that you are referring to my comment since you use "chosen" in quotations. Let me assure you that my decision to "choose" to not feel sorry for Charlie and my feelings that he brought this all on himself is not a "snap" decision. I was a big fan of his show, but began to feel appalled as his behavior worsened over the years. I did not come to these feelings over night or as I read this article, I've refused to watch his show this past season. As I sympathize with what you have gone through with your loved one, I must say that I suffer from depression and I choose to treat it with prescription meds, not drugs, alcohol or hookers. I still don't feel sorry for him. He's a big boy. Take care of yourself like an adult.

  7. 7

    Yeah but you choose to experiment with drugs and you don't choose cancer…

  8. 8

    Wow, Perez, this is an OLD quote.
    Charlie Sheen is passing drug tests. Are we dealing with drug use and addiction here?

  9. 9

    I've read somewhere that Charlie was born a 'blue' baby & had to be resuscitated by the Doctor (hence his middle name of Irwin after the Doc). If this is the case then is there a possibility that he was starved of oxygen & suffered a degree of brain damage as a result? He's seems to have had problems since young, he never finished his education cos he couldn't make the grades, he can't seem to establish a normal long term relationship, he can't control his temper hitting out when he can't get his own way, his need to hang out with woman half his age who hang on his every word making him feel superior to them, his poor social skills, low self esteem requiring him having to pay for company. He needs help before he hurts himself or someone else. I (almost but not quite) feel sorry for the bloke, he appears to have had everything he ever wanted since he was a little kid (maybe part of the problem) yet it doesn't seem to have made him happy and his family must be in despair.

  10. 10

    There is no doubt in my mind that Charlie is headed for a nationally publicized -and very well paid for (benefiting both Charlie AND TV moguls) trip to Dr. Drew's celebrity rehab.

    I think his antics and tours are one big blow up of a sensationalized, money making series. Yes, that is how shallow and greedy, I believe, the networks and some people are. ANY THING for a buck.

    Charlie Sheen's public recovery would be a network goldmine, and every body in the industry knows it. The bean counters are already licking their chops saying "If you build it, they will come." Sadly, they are correct, and I really don't see any other lucrative alternative for Charlie. He'll be coming around soon because he'll need the money. It's a win/win situation.

  11. 11

    martin,talk is cheap..if you care about your grandchildrens safety.you would go to court & get an order for charlie to get a full mental health evaluation before he & brooke decides? who gets to do what with these babies…seems denise is the only one who has any brain cells working.! court orders now !!

  12. 12

    It's hard to have compassion for a narcissist-sociopath. Part of the problem is he's not only a drug addict, but very apparently, a major patron of prostitution. He sees no problem with it, even though it's interfering with his relationship with his kids. He'd rather spend time tweaking with hookers, than being a father.

  13. 13

    Good Daddy.just a few decades late.

  14. 14

    My heart bleeds for this spoiled prick. I'm sure his "disease" would look great next to cancer, heart diesease, AIDS etc. If you choose to pick up a bottle of whiskey you are not choosing a disease. Addiction is not a disease. Its an anthem sung only by addicts and those who make money off of them…. oh and fathers who fuck up their kids so much that, rather than take responsibilty and admit that, they dust off the old "it's a disease"!

  15. 15

    While it may be a difficult time for a father, addiction is NOT like cancer. As a very young widow of cancer, I find it offensive. I wish rehab could have been an option to treat my husband's disease.

  16. 16

    I still don't think Martin should compare addiction to cancer!!!You can get help and recover from addiction..not cancer, for the most part its a death sentence…I lost many family members to cancer, I only wish they were suffering from addiction, chances are they would still be here.

  17. 17

    And all the maggots continue to exploit their cash cow for a last chance at making a quick few — or million — bucks before he dies.

  18. 18

    And many people do "choose" behaviors that lead to cancer, just like an addict initially "chooses" to partake in a particular vice — but no one "chooses" the resulting consequences

  19. 19

    I'm sure he is referring to more than just drug addiction. There is surely a mental illness at play here too. Unlike someone how has cancer who knows that they have cancer, a mentally ill person does not necessarily know that they suffer from a mental illness.

  20. 20

    Re: katttt – I'm so sorry to hear that, babe. I hope everything works/or has worked out for you. I can't even imagine just how hard that must've been. Take care xx

  21. 21

    Re: didntneed2seethat – I was so glad to read your comment that I almost got a huge smile on my face. Not by amusement, but by joy. Because I seldom see others with the knowledge to spot disorders etc, so it was nice to read a comment like yours. Actually, there was a lot of good comments to day, constructive and serious. Very good.
    Narcissist-sociopath - exactly. I am unsure of whether or not he is a psychopath or a narcissist myself, but as you pointed out, it seems to be comorbidity. Either way, it's not something that will pass, get better og get fixed. This man has been like this since his childhood, and he will continue to be like this until his death. He cannot be "saved", but the people in his proximity should be. He is very dangerous, to both himself and those around him. And I get why he is so compelling, they often are, but there is nothing amusing about what he is capable of. People have gotten hurt in the past, and it may be fatal in the future.

  22. 22

    Re: Lauren Finn Design – That was a really nice comment. Great to see a compassionate person on this site. Sometimes, it seems to be so few. I second that statement, BTW. I wish you all the best, Katttt.
    BTW, I am aware of the typos in my previous post. I've unfortuneately gotten no sleep, so there ya go. Have a nice day, folks.

  23. 23

    I wish he would stop comparing his sons issues with people who have cancer or relatives who watched their loved ones die of cancer. It's insulting. My brother died of cancer at age of 25 and he wanted nothing more to live an average everyday life with his new wife. Right before he died he said to me he wanted his new cancer free bday to be april 4th (which is today) which is my birthday. After a short battle with cancer and a painful bone marrow transplant he passed after slipping into a coma. I wish I could say Happy Birthday to my brother Tony. Miss u Please stop talking Martin Sheen you insult real people that actually TRY to live an average happy lives.
    Kattttt I hear you. I wish you happiness for the future.

  24. TS65 says – reply to this


    This isn't about addiction, it's about an undiagnosed mental illness - the biggest clue being he didn't pop positive on his last drug test, but the erratic behavior continues. Drugs/alcohol are all ways a mentally ill person tries to self medicate. Unfortunately, there's such a stigma to being diagnosed as mentally ill, people are often unwilling to seek help. It's sad and unnecessary really, most are treatable with meds and therapy.

  25. 25

    Martin needs to stop comparing addiction to cancer.What an IDIOT.

  26. 26

    It is NOT like Cancer! Grrr. Think of all those people out there dying and trying everything in their power to save themselves. Charlie is self-destructing, plain and simple.

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  28. 28

    His father is part of the reason he has an addition. His father had the problemm. It proves that this can be in heritied. That being said, at a certain pont it is Charlies responsibility to get help. He is going to crash and crash hard or he is going to die. When Charlie crashes and is taken to the hospital I hope his family comes in with a lawyer and asks the court to label Charlie imcompetant. That way his family can take over his estate, finances etc and have him institutionalized. He needs help with his drug problem. He has a great sense of humor and seems smart. If he weren't on drugs he would amazing!

  29. 29

    It's very sad.

  30. 30

    Re: thobora – very well said.