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Charlie Sheen's Dad: His Disease Is Like a Cancer

2/23/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, says his son has a problem -- and it's as bad as cancer.

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"He's an extraordinary man," Martin says of his son to Sky News, "He's doing well, we pray for him. If he had cancer, how would you treat him? This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up."

Charlie himself doesn't appear too worried -- he was spotted on a yacht date with two "goddesses" Monday night.


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northern gypsy    


to everybody who is offended by M.S. statement...so be it
hear me out...i see a father who's in pain (for multiple reasons)...
in this regard i can relate to him...

1282 days ago
62.

Freddie K    

Not a shocking comment from a narsasistic pig Martin Sheen. The problem Martin is that you (alchoholic) have a nicked chromosone that should not be allowed to reproduce. Somebody grab all the grandkids of this flawed human being and immediately have them sterilized to prevent a further drain on society.

1282 days ago
63.

dd    

How can you say that people can't help it when they get cancer, yes some can't, but cigarette smokers and alcoholics are junkies too.

1282 days ago
64.

TheDude    

I like Emilio and Martin. I think they should be in Chuck's life more. The are the more grounded family members. They can remind him of good time without the coke and hookers.

1282 days ago
65.

Rachie    

Thank you Martin for never giving up on Charlie. He is so lucky to have you, and you deserve to be appreciated for that. He does have a disease, and I really hope you don't blame yourself for any of this. I grew up loving Charlie and Emilio so much! Just seeing your faces makes me smile, all three of you. I wish your family nothing but happiness.

1282 days ago
66.

happilywed    

Sue said:

"OMG as a 2x cancer survivor I'm so offended by this! There is no comparison whatsoever!"

As a 3x cancer survivor, I think MS made a good analogy. MS has publicly talked about the problems CS's addiction has caused and how everything the family has tried to help hasn't been sufficient to help CS see the seriousness of his addiction.

As a society we have somehow looked at people who suffer from certain diseases as blameless and people who suffer other diseases (like addiction) as totally at fault for their conditions.

Sadly, statistics, cited above in post #28, prove that 30% of people are currently dying from cancers they could have prevented by avoiding known dangerous behaviors of over-eating, over-drinking, over-smoking, over-drugging, over-medicating, over-exposure to sun, and under-exercise.

In light of the scorn being heaped upon MS, he is to be lauded for going public with this in an effort to help other people understand the seriousness of addiction so that they can help their addicted relatives.

There are many 12 step programs available for people addicted to dangerous behaviors (alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, cocaine anonymous, over-eaters anonymous, gamglers anonymous, etc.). Sadly addicts must choose to seek this help and make a lifetime commitment to avoiding the self-destructive behavior. Reaching sobriety is very, very difficult but is possible through these 12 step programs. Sadly, many addicts are unable or unwilling to accept life-time sobriety as the only treatment that will stop progression of their disease.

1282 days ago
67.

real deal    

Well, I think you have to sympathize with the guy. After all Charlie is still his son and I'm sure that he certainly does not want this life and this particular end coming to him. Charlie looked a hot mess on Monday. That boy is dead and dying. I think the comparison expresses a father's frustration and powerlessness. Yes Charlie is choosing to be on one and apparently prepared to ride it to the bitter end; but it's a misinformed choice.

That being said, addiction is not a disease. There is indeed an element of choice in addiciton that cancer does not have. Also, cancer can respond to medical or surgical intervention. There is no medical intervention for addiction. Locked up in rehab in not medical treatment, it is behavioral treatment. 12 step meetings are not medical treatment. They can help, but that's it and sometimes not even that. Look at Celebrity Rehab. Pointless. Addiction is a spiritual affliction, an issue of the mind, will, emotions and attitudes; and it's a behavioral issue.

Nobody but Charlie can choose to get out of the mess he's in; but he can. He has to grab hold of some hope and want to overcome and change and know it's possible. He needs to, he has kids; they may have money, but they need their father. So, as Martin says, pray for him.

1282 days ago
68.

annie2    

ok everybody settle down...i've had 2 family members who died of cancer and i'm not offended my M.S. statement...
i think he's trying to say is his inability to help his son as he watch's him slowly die...

Posted at 8:03 AM on Feb 23, 2011 by northern gypsy
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Well said, northern gypsy.

Carol (#61): Yes, Charlie has a mother. Janet Templeton Sheen. She and Martin have been married for almost 50 years. She is an artist apparently (I don't know if that means a solid career or hobby type thing)...I don't understand the vitriol against Martin Sheen here...People are forgetting he ratted Charlie out to his probation officer about a decade ago which resulted in Charlie's arrest and rehab attempt. Charlie's a grown man. His dad can't spend all his time babysitting him. As for being an absentee father, I think it's a crock. He wasn't gone any more than other actor dads out there and quite often took the family on location with him. My dad had to travel a lot when I was growing up and none of we 3 kids have substance abuse issues. Can't blame this one on Martin...it's luck of the draw in my opinion. Perhaps Martin's alcohol issues didn't help but he kicked that many, many years ago...and could have only set a positive example to Charlie in the end. Again, 3 out of 4 kids turned out well. How do you explain that. I bet if you took a national average of how many people suffer from substance abuse in this country...you know 1 out of every 10 people or whatever...I bet it's not that far off (though I'm making that figure up).

1282 days ago
69.

William    

When you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.

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"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results."

- Albert Einstein

1282 days ago
70.

CCC    

Cancer sucks! Addiction sucks! All you people getting upset about his comments need to lighten up. Most of us have people we know or are related to that are dealing with cancer and just because Martin said what he said, doesn't make him a monster. I'm sure he knows people with cancer and just mis-spoke, but what he was saying is just. You can't compare a cat to a dog, so saying what he said doesn't fly with a lot of people. But I get the point of what he was trying to put out.

1282 days ago
71.

carol    

To #69. Thank you for the information about Charlie's mother. I think it wouldn't hurt if she plopped herself on his couch and just stayed there for awhile. See if he will talk to her -eventually. I do believe Martin could have worded his statement a little better but I believe I understand what he was trying to say. I had a parent lost to cancer - yet I still understand the point he was trying to make. He had his own demons in his lifetime. Did that play a role in Charlie's life - who knows. A lot of people have parents with issues and they turn out fine so who is to say. I believe one of the problems with Charlie is he's had too much for too long. Has he ever been accountable to anyone for anything? Came into a well to do family and really didn't need to prove himself or earn his own way - I suspect things were given to him quite freely. He flaunts the money he makes and he makes a lot, does he deserve all that - I don't think so. He has to want to help himself and that's the problem - he doesn't. He doesn't even see there is a problem. He think's he is fine. Until he reaches rock bottom or dies, nothing is going to change. I would not let him back on the show looking the way he does - the show can go on without him - they are all so talented - I wouldn't let Charlie back until he gets his act together, packs on weight, looks healthier and becomes proactive about changing his lifestyle. Contract or no contract - he can't help the show - he can barely help himself.

1282 days ago
72.

GBeach    

damn, Emillio is looking GOOD!

1282 days ago
73.

Alpine    

Emilio is still hotter. He was hotter in the 80s and he's hotter now. Needs a haircut though. And ditch the pornstache, Wisdom.

1282 days ago
74.

William    

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got, and you'll always feel what you always felt."

1282 days ago
75.

karen1109    

Sorry, marty, but Charlie doesn't have disease. He's just an unbelievably shallow, self-absorbed, perpetually horny **** who happens to love to drink, do drugs and watch porn. That's it, end of story.

And just in case you were confused about the difference, marty, let me explain it to you. A disease, like cancer, is something you get that you have NO CHOICE about.

Charlie, on the other hand, has the ability to make decisions about hs behavior. And he WANTS to drink and do drugs ALL THE TIME.

To compare Charlie's unwillingness to control himself to someone's fight with cancer is quite frankly, appalling, disgusting and pretty damn ignorant.

1282 days ago
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