A cause that is very close to his heart, actor Martin Sheen urged Congress on Tuesday to maintain funding for rehab programs.
Before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, Martin said:
"My first exposure to Drug Court began nearly 20 years ago. It opened my eyes to the incredible capacity of human beings to change. I’ve seen individuals mired in the depth of addiction, transformed by Drug Courts. I’ve seen families reunited after the years of estrangement due to a loved one’s substance abuse.
These miracles happen every day in Drug Court and I believe that this country’s greatest untapped resource is our addicted population. Imagine for a moment the impact we could have if Drug Courts were available to all 1.2 million addicted individuals who would be best served by drug courts if one were available. Imagine the impact of 1.2 million people making up for lost time in their community and serving their families and their country."
Of course, as you know, Martin is the father of Charlie Sheen who has struggled with addiction for several years. Earlier this year, Martin spoke of his son:
"You know, Charlie's 45 years old. He's not a kid. Emotionally, he still is. Because when you're addicted, you don't grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you're starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You're emotionally crippled."
It is extremely important to keep the rehab programs and courts properly funded. Bravo to Martin for using his voice to fight for something that is needed in this country.