Rob Lowe Surprises Son With 5-Year Sobriety Chip in a Sweet Moment on Live Television


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No one makes it through this world alone, and the support of others is vital as we navigate difficult situations in life. As actor Rob Lowe shows, celebrating can be an integral part of supporting someone during trying times. He recently honored his son John Owen Lowe’s sobriety journey by surprising him with a five-year sobriety chip on The Drew Barrymore Show. The pair were there promoting their new Netflix comedy series, Unstable.

In a short clip posted on the talk show’s Instagram, host Barrymore and the elder Lowe discuss their sobrieties. Rob has been sober for over three decades, and he commented that he and his 27-year-old son “share” in the recovery experience.

“I'm in recovery, got 33 years in recovery. Changed our lives,” Rob said. “Johnny’s got five years in and in fact, Johnny’s five-year birthday was on Saturday and, Johnny, I want to give you your five-year chip.” He then reaches into his pocket and presents John with the chip. “I love you. I’m proud of you, buddy.”

John was honored by his father’s gesture. “I’m speechless,” he told his dad upon receiving the chip. “I usually have a witty retort, I don’t have one for that. That was very nice of you.”

The family’s openness—bolstered by Barrymore’s platform—celebrates the journey of sobriety without stigma. It offers those who might be struggling with their drinking a beacon to look towards and see what’s possible.

Watch the clip below.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, you can get help through the SAMHSA National Helpline (in English and Spanish) here.

Actor Rob Lowe recently honored his son John Owen Lowe’s sobriety journey by surprising him with a five-year sobriety chip on The Drew Barrymore Show.

h/t: [Today]

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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