Larry Kudlow — President Trump’s pick to replace Gary Cohn as chief economic adviser — is an inspiration to millions of recovering addicts.
The CNBC host has been sober for 23 years after losing his job as chief economist at Bear Stearns, and nearly losing his life.
Kudlow spent five months in Hazelden after his wife Judith sued for divorce and sought a court order to prevent him from raiding his retirement account to buy cocaine.
The couple reconciled when he got out, and will celebrate their 32nd anniversary this year.
“This was the end of the line. I was unemployable. My wonderful wife had stopped enabling me,” Kudlow, now 70, told 500 guests at a Silver Hill Hospital gala in 2013.
Kudlow — who reinvented himself as a TV commentator, author and newspaper columnist — regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He is a forceful advocate for increased spending on rehabilitation to help those who can’t afford it.
“I needed long-term care, and I didn’t have any money. I’d spent it on my addiction,” he told the audience.
His honesty and willingness to talk about his struggle has lessened the stigma of addiction.
“Larry has been so upfront about the issue, so public about it, and sober for decades, it’s a nonissue,” one fellow conservative said.