Today, showbiz star Craig Melvin has opened up about his agonizing battle with his father’s addiction.
craig melvin is a very loved This day host of the show, but things haven’t always been easy for him.
The star has opened up about her traumatic childhood and challenging battle with her father’s addiction in her past and is now sharing more for an important cause.
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Craig spoke with Relatives by parents – a new digital destination and community dedicated to black families that launched on June 15 – and talked about their difficult past and how they were finally able to move on.
WATCH: Today’s Craig Melvin talks about his father’s battle with alcoholism (Credit: Relatives by parents)
“My father was technically and still is an addict,” he told editorial director Kelly Glass. “He has been for most of his life. Several years ago, after an incident, we decided as a family to try to get him help.”
Craig continued, “We had tried before and failed miserably because, in large part, we didn’t know what we were doing. We bullied him into getting help.”
Craig spoke about the difficult battle in his new book.
“The last time we tried it, we hired a professional who knew what she was doing. I went downstairs and look, she stuck. My dad has been alcohol-free for three years, if not longer. This is no small feat considering that I had been a functional alcoholic and a not-so-functional alcoholic for the better part of half a century.”
The father of two, who previously shared details of his agony in his book. Pops: Learning to be father and son – confessed that he used to be “angry and upset all the time”.
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It wasn’t until she had children of her own, started therapy, and altered her perception of her father, that she was able to begin to forgive.
Craig wants to have the best relationship with his children after a difficult relationship with his own father.
“I came to see addiction for what it was, a disease, a disease and a weakness. It changed the way I saw my dad.”
Speaking of his book, Craig said: “I wrote the book to help people and I wanted my father to know that all was forgiven. I wanted to tell him that he had inspired me.” He is still hard on himself. But through his own story, he’s also doing a lot of good.”
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Craig has two young children and insists that the way they live is very different from his own upbringing.
Craig Melvin is also thankful for his family on the Today show.
“Growing up we only hugged each other on a special occasion. A graduation, a birthday,” but he lavishes his family with love and pampering as often as humanly possible.
He admitted that his relationship with his father, before he got sober, was like “a cold war.”
“We talked once a month, maybe,” he admitted. “But it wasn’t the kind of relationship I wanted my son to see. It was important to me that my sons get to know my parents, their grandfather.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t try to help more aggressively earlier, but I wasn’t in the place to give it to him and he wasn’t in the place to receive it.”
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