David Arquette paid a visit last Thursday to the Chabad Residential Treatment Center in Los Angeles, to share his personal struggles with alcoholism, addiction, and sobriety in a discussion with the center’s residents.
“I’ve always been a fan of Arquette’s work, so to see someone who reached the height of success and he also has to deal with these issues, that made me feel like I can overcome this as well,” said Michael K., one of the center’s residents.
Under the leadership of Donna Miller, the center has helped thousands of people battle their addictions and move forward with their “long and arduous road to recovery”, according to a Chabad representative.
“David was very open and deeply personal during his share, you could feel the energy in the room change. His taking time to reach out and inspire is itself inspiring,” said advertising executive Chaim Marcus, who helped arrange Arquette’s visit.
Marcus also afforded the forty-one year old actor an opportunity to have a second “bar mitzvah” by helping him don Tefillin and praying for himself and the center’s residents.
Arquette will discuss his visit during an interview with Larry King on September 9th, at the annual Chabad Telethon.
“This year, Chabad has been inundated with more requests than ever for food, clothing, shelter, scholarships and rehabilitation,” said Rabbi Chaim Cunin, Executive Producer of the 2012 Chabad Telethon. “At the same time, charitable donations have been at historic lows. So we will work harder than ever, we will dance more than ever, and pour our hearts out more than ever, on behalf of those in need who rely on this Telethon for assistance.”