Gary Busey has been a notorious cocaine abuser and Hollywood bad boy since the 70’s. He is most famous for his early role in 1978 where he starred in The Buddy Holly Story, and playing more sinister villains in action movies such as Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, and Point Break. But in 1995, Busey almost lost everything in an overdose when he was rushed to Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center for treatment.
Busey isn’t afraid today to share his faith or open up about his past problems with drugs and alcohol, hoping that more men will not feel ashamed to admit their mistakes.Busey’s fiancée called 911 frantic because she could not wake him, and he spend four days in the hospital recuperating in addition to time in an addiction treatment facility after. Investigators searched Busey’s home after obtaining a warrant and seized evidence charging him with possession of cocaine, possession of psilocybin and marijuana and of being under the influence of cocaine. He has been sober since the incident and credits it as a life changing moment.
If Busey’s story is any indication, when it comes to nonviolent drug offenses, systems favoring treatment over incarceration tend to produce better overall health outcomes. California’s Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act gives nonviolent drug offenders the opportunity to probation with substance use disorder treatment instead of simply jail time. While these laws have been ground breaking in the criminal justice system, in situations like Gary Busey’s its clear the path to recovery had a positive outcome.
Busey says: “I have a different way of looking at things and thinking about things and I know how special life is.”
Gary Busey’s cocaine problems might have given him the reputation for being a Hollywood bad boy villain, but his recovery has brought him closer to a power greater then himself. Busey has said that he came to God while he was hospitalized and after getting sober he joined the Christian men’s group Promise Keepers. Busey isn’t afraid today to share his faith or open up about his past problems with drugs and alcohol, hoping that more men will not feel ashamed to admit their mistakes.