The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood has offered powerful advice to addicts in recovery who are wrestling with temptation while stuck in lockdown due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
This period of self-isolation can be a difficult time for many, especially addicts who are missing out on meetings which are crucial to there recovery and Wood, who has been sober since 2010, has reached out online to offer up some words of inspiration.
In a video message posted on Twitter, the legendary guitarist offered up hope as he said: “Maybe we were a bit demanding. Maybe we were a bit impatient. Maybe that’s why we had such little hope. Hope is believing good will come, even in bad times; hope is knowing that ‘this too shall pass.”
Wood continued: “Hope is knowing that no matter how afraid we are, our higher power will be with us. Hope is knowing we never have to be alone again. It is knowing that time is on our side. Hope is giving up control. Hope is knowing we never had control in the first place. I hope this helps you get through another day.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 26th, more than 478,341 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 21,524 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
See Woods message of support, below.
This hopeful statement offered up by the guitarist is worlds apart from the words he received from Keith Richards when he first tried to get clean in 2005, as he recently divulged to Mojo: “I was like this, [terrified], and Mick [Jagger] whispered, ‘It’s alright, you can do it, don’t worry.”
But while Jagger was full of encouragement, Richards was not so supportive, “And Keith’s going, ‘Rehab’s for quitters!’ Trying to make out I was the weakling.”