Actor Eric Roberts, the elder brother of Julia Roberts and dad of teen actress Emma Roberts, marked a milestone on Tuesday: according to a feature
on the San Francisco Chronicle, Roberts shared that it was the first time that he was able to walk soberly on the red carpet. Tuesday was the Los Angeles premiere of his new action movie, The Expendables.
Eric Roberts is one of the celebrities seeking help for addiction, "and sharing the journey to sobriety
“on television, through the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab. In the latest season, Roberts joins Jeremy London, Leif Garrett, Janice Dickinson, and Rachel Uchitel. Shooting for the show began last month.
Roberts turned to Dr. Drew Pinsky to seek help for addiction to marijuana, and he said that the rehab program is doing well, as evidenced by his walking the red carpet "un-stoned. Roberts told E! Online: "have never walked down a red carpet without being stoned in my life until tonight," as shared in the article.
Previously, Roberts did not fully reveal the details of his addiction, with his publicist Chuck Jones saying only that it's not for anything serious. He's not hooked on prescription meds
or hard drugs or anything like that.
In 1987, Eric Roberts was said to have been arrested for possession of cocaine
. His struggle with cocaine continued well into the 1990s, according to the feature.
His wife Eliza told E! Online that Eric used marijuana to treat anxiety: He uses marijuana as a medication
. He has a prescription; however, a dependency is a dependency and he doesn't want to be dependent on it anymore.