,

Danny Trejo, 79, recalls being ‘dead drunk’ before getting sober 55 years ago

Danny Trejo recently marked a major milestone, entering the 56th year of his sobriety journey. 

Trejo, 79, shared with Fox News Digital how he persevered after he hit “rock bottom” and struggled with alcohol addiction. 

The actor admitted he got “dead drunk” before getting help.

When Fox News Digital asked the “Machete” actor how he managed to remain sober for more than five decades, he replied, “I accidentally walked into an Alcoholics Anonymous” at the young age of 15. 

DANNY TREJO CELEBRATES BEING ’55 YEARS CLEAN AND SOBER’ AT AGE 79: ‘BY THE GRACE OF GOD!’

“It was a lot of people outside. We thought it was a party, so we busted inside, and it was an AA meeting,” Trejo recalled. “I was carrying a case of beer, three bottles of wine, a half pint of whiskey. I was already loaded on pills.”

As Trejo now laughs about the situation, he added that his sponsor said, “Those were previews of coming attractions” after he stumbled upon the AA meeting.

The “Clerks III” actor praised Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for helping him get through his addiction

“You got to have people around you that have your best interest because everybody knows who has an alcoholic problem,” he shared. 

He said alcoholics tend to “hide” their excessive drinking. 

“But the reality is you know you got a problem.”

Trejo remembered being “dead drunk” and the moment he knew he needed to get help.

WATCH: DANNY TREJO SAYS HE HIT ‘ROCK BOTTOM’ BEFORE GETTING SOBER 55 YEARS AGO

“It’s like your wife is screaming at you, ‘Look at the kids. They’re seeing you crazy.’ Something is wrong,” Trejo said, adding alcoholics “don’t see it that way.”

Before Trejo landed his first acting role in 1985’s “Runaway Train,” he was a convicted felon who struggled with drugs and violence. The Los Angeles native first smoked marijuana when he was 8 years old, was drinking by age 12, became a heroin addict as a teenager and did stints in some of America’s most notorious prisons.

DANNY TREJO RECALLS MEETING CHARLES MANSON BEHIND BARS IN NEW MEMOIR: HE WAS A ‘SLICK LITTLE WIMP’

Trejo went on to share how he hit “rock bottom” during his battle with alcoholism.

“Rock bottom is when people are telling you, ‘Hey, you know, you’re out of line.’ There’s so much negative with drinking.”

Trejo candidly spoke out about how he feels about “Dry January.”

“People say, ‘Oh, we’re having a Dry January.’ God bless you,” Trejo said. “That means some of you are going to be alive in February.”

Trejo is grateful his children have never seen him “drunk” or using “drugs” and praised his son for being nine years sober. 

Trejo shares son Danny with his ex-girlfriend Diana Walton and has a son Gilbert and daughter Danielle from his relationship with ex Maeve Crommie.

In July 2021, Trejo released a memoir, “Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood.”

In his book, which he co-authored with fellow actor Donal Logue, the Los Angeles native detailed his abusive childhood, life behind bars, enduring painful loss and finding God.

WATCH: DANNY TREJO ADMITS HOW HE AVOIDS TEMPTATION DURING SOBRIETY JOURNEY

Looking back, Trejo told Fox News Digital how he avoids temptation with alcohol. 

LIKE WHAT YOU’RE READING? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“At first, I stayed around people that didn’t drink,” he explained. “Now, I thank God … they got, like, nonalcoholic drinks … and it’s cool. Give me a mock Bloody Mary … and then that way people just stay away from you.”

While Trejo can now laugh at the thought of alcohol, he’s moving forward from his troubled past and dove into the music industry for his next business venture — his record label, Trejo’s Music.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

The famed actor and restaurateur is gearing up for his big performance in March while collaborating with the nonprofit OneLegacy. The charity’s mission is to save and heal lives by inspiring and advancing donation and transplantation through research and public education.

“I love what I do,” Trejo told Fox News Digital. “It seems like everything good that’s happened to me is a direct result of helping someone else.”

 

PATRIOT WATCHDOG ALERTS
STAY IN THE LOOP

📬 Join our community of patriots & and stay vigilant by keeping an eye on the proceedings.
Get “early alerts” from some of your favorite conservative news sources, exclusive reports, network-only offers, and political content delivered straight to your inbox.

🇺🇸 #PatriotWatch2024 🇺🇸

The 2024 election 🇺🇸 is upon us, and it's crucial that we stay informed and united. Join us and show your support. Help to see that our democracy thrives!

Living Under Democratic Rule

A Survival Guide For Republicans, Conservatives, & Libertarians

Democrats hate the Constitution. They hate individual liberty. They hate freedom. But they didn’t just wake up this morning snarling and twirling their handlebar mustaches, born with an innate desire to be “the bad guys.”

Democrats’ hatred for your liberty has a driving force: the need to control

Living Under Democrat Rule will first take you a little deeper into what makes Democrats such a problem. Then we’ll explain how important it is to your well-being to be smarter than the Democrats.

Patriot Watchdog: Election 2024

Join For Updates & Show Your Support For Election 2024

(politics) Elect Form

— SUPPORT 2024 ELECTION —

Patriot Watchdog: News, Politics, Opinion & More

Stay in the loop! 📬 Join our community and get the latest updates, exclusive content, special offers and political content delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscription Form
Trump Campaign 2024 - Support For The Right @RedAsHell.com
(politics) Get the latest updates news and more politics content.

Patriot Watchdog: News, Politics, Opinion & More

Stay in the loop! 📬 Join our community and get the latest updates, exclusive content, special offers and political content delivered straight to your inbox. 

Exclusively for patriots who support viewpoints that lean towards a conservative or "right-wing" perspective. Members of this network support viewpoints that lean towards a conservative or "right-wing" perspective and believe in the importance of preserving traditional values and principles, and support commentary that reflects these beliefs.

What can you expect? You can expect to see news, commentary and content of a conservative nature, receive periodic newsletter emails (which you can turn on/off as you wish), optionally engage in meaningful discussions/share insights, gain access to exclusive tools/resources and stay informed about the latest developments in the US economy, news, and politics. Access is always 100% free and active participation is optional. 


Calling All Red Blooded Patriots...

Patriot Watchdog: election 2024
Are You IN Or Out?

Attention all red-blooded patriots! 🇺🇸 The 2024 election is upon us, and it's crucial that we stay informed and united. Join RedaShell's Patriot Watchdog to keep a vigilant eye on the proceedings and show your unwavering support. Stand with us, be the voice of the nation, and let's ensure our democracy thrives! #PatriotWatch2024"

JOIN OUR CONSERVATIVE NETWORK

GET CONSERVATIVE COMMENTARY & UPDATES DIRECTLY IN YOUR INBOX

Subscription Form

youir privacy is 100% protected