Former Jackass star Bam Margera is starring in a new reality show on VH1 called Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn where he details his plight with alcoholism alongside his mother April Margera. Margera recounts his struggles with addiction and drinking since the tragic death of his Jackass co-star and dear friend Ryan Dunn back in 2011 in a car wreck. In the series his mother April is visibly distraught by her son’s deterioration in living condition.
The series host Dr. Jenn focuses much on the family dynamics between Bam and his mother encouraging April to set healthy boundaries with her son. She cautions April about the importance of remaining lovingly detached from her Bam’s predicament with alcoholism. There is a fine line between being supportive and abetting the deviant behavior.
During the heyday of shows like Viva La Bam and Jackass, which spawned movies and countless other franchises, Bam Margera was on the top of the world, but now looks like a shell of his former self. The years of drugs and alcohol have clearly taken a toll on the 36 year old and he’s hoping that he can turn things around and get better. He attributes the real reason behind his downfall as the death of his friend which was so painful he sought to escape through addiction.
The series follows Margera through his ultimate decision to enroll in a treatment center with his mother by his side for three weeks of intensive therapy. April expresses her astonishment that things could have ever gotten so bad. She laments incredulously, “ If you would have ever told me I would have had a drunk and suicidal son at any point, I would have probably never believed you.”
He has gained a considerable amount of weight and acknowledges that he has a problem that has escalated beyond his control and he needs professional help. He adds that losing Ryan Dunn was deeply painful, saying that he never had anyone that close to him die before. The shock of losing someone so important drove him into drinking benders as a means to escape.
Losing someone is never easy and we all have different ways of grieving a loss of a loved one, but throwing in the towel and getting lost in the sauce is simply not an option. There are far more constructive ways of dealing with the despair. Bam is doing the right thing by seeking help and therapy, albeit in on a reality show. If he can figure out a positive outlet for channeling his emotions from the loss of his friend he has an excellent shot of coming out even better and stronger than before.
Remember that it is never too late to change our ways and become better people. We all have choices everyday and we can either live in accordance with our values and principles or we can throw them to the wayside and self-destruct. We applaud Bam Margera and his mother for having the courage to talk their way through the problem and make a genuine concerted effort to transform. Give us a call if you need help with an addiction to drugs and alcohol 1-877-721-7719.