Comedian Richard Lewis uses humor to deliver his message about how substance abuse can ruin one's life.
Lewis, who has been dry for 14 years now, considers himself a "lucky drunk."
His friends and his spirituality, he says, saved him.
Lewis' comments came during his appearance on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
Lewis, who plays himself on the stand out HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, says it's hard enough being himself in real life, much less playing himself.
He says the show's star, Larry David, also plays himself. Often to the discomfort of the audience.
David, Lewis says, often puts himself in situations where others try to make decisions for him. And David, he says, is "unconditional" about making his own decisions.
He calls David a "very charitable ... brilliant guy" and a good friend.