Since Artie Lange miraculously walked himself back from the edge of the abyss, he has been doing a lot of interviews about his life and new book. But there’s likely no more apt a place to find the one-time Howard Stern sidekick talking about his hard-fought recovery from heroin and other addictions than The Fix.
The website, which focuses on the issues of addiction and recovery, relaunched this week after taking a summer break. Overseeing these efforts is newly installed publisher and CEO Jay Levin, who previously founded LA Weekly.
The Fix plans to post at least five new features per week, along with a similar amount of personal essays and eight news items. Here’s Lange’s answer to the first question from The Fix contributor McCarton Ackerman – Where are you in your sobriety these days?:
“I’ve have had two relapses in the last 18 months, but have been clean for three months now. The last relapse was from painkillers I was taking for an injury. They were given to me by a doctor, but I didn’t take them as prescribed and finished a month’s prescription in about a day and a half. I got to a meeting and stopped myself, but I would definitely consider that to be a relapse.”
Befitting the site, it’s refreshing to read on through the rest of the interview and get Lange’s thoughts on some very specific addiction/recovery topics. While The Fix is headquartered in LA, features editor William Georgiades is based here in New York.
A while back, when we interviewed Pat O’Brien, the sportscaster revealed that once he gets his counselor degree from UCLA, he plans to do a podcast about addiction and recovery issues. Something perhaps for Levin to make a mental note of.