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MTV Steve O Demise and Rise Review

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Steve O Demise and Rise

Tonight (May 03), Steve O of MTV’s Jack Ass told his personal tale of addiction and recovery as part of the MTV premiere documentary, “Steve O Demise and Rise.” The hour-long special was comprised of Steve O’s personal testimony along with a series of interviews by Jack Ass crew members (Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, etc).

Steve O begins with his youth saying he had come from a family of alcoholics and by 12 years old had vomited from drinking. By 16 he was smoking pot, and by 17 taking LSD.  His ideology was “Sex Drugs and Rock N Roll.” He goes on to say that school was not for him and wanted to be a stunt man. By twenty, he had injured himself jumping from balcony and later was arrested for a DUI. His mom forced him into a rehab, but his recovery failed because he wasn’t into it. Shortly thereafter, he went to school to become a clown and became addicted to cocaine. He was doing shows as a clown but caught his break with the “Goldfish trick” on MTV, which led to his invitation to Jackass in California.

It was the money he made from Jackass that allowed him to feed his cocaine habit. By the time of the second Jackass movie, the crew had joined to tell Steve O that he had to stop using  if he wanted to take part. He was able to do so for about a year, but after filming stopped, he went back to using cocaine again. The Jack Ass crew was like his family, and without them, he felt like he was completely alone. Shortly, thereafter he developed a serious addiction to nitrous oxide, all the while he was fading from the spotlight. Steve O admitted that he was afraid of the cameras going away. He’d do anything to stay in front of the camera: stupid tricks on tmz, etc. His friends were aware that he really had a problem and were worried.

From there, he became a rapper, which his friends described as some of his darker moments, as he’d try to get arrested to help his rap career. The drug addiction led him to believe he was possessed by demons and he would talk about how he wanted to die to reunite with his mom who had passed away. He was later thrown out of the jack ass reunion by cast members for being to rambunctious. He was then arrested for cocaine possession after vandalism and disturbance of his neighbor. It was really evident from the documentary that Steve o had a camera addiction and would do anything to be on it. Eventually, he was evicted by the apartment complex and began sending emails about death and the after life. The emails began to sound suicidal, as he sent one in particular to friends warning them that he was going to jump from the apartment window and basically kill himself. It was then that Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine scheduled an intervention and took him in for psych evaluation and later a hospitalization. In the documentary, Celebrity Rehab host, Dr. Drew Pinsky, said the move “saved his life.”

From there Steve O had a 72 hour hold in psych ward, 30 days in rehab clinic, then 4 months in sober living. However, he continued with his egocentric and grandiosity way of being, thinking he could be a poster boy for recovery sobriety. People began to doubt his recovery, but Steve O was eventually able to humble himself and put down the camera. Steve O had finally had the epiphany: “getting sober for myself, then things began to improve.” He went through the 12 steps program (AA & NA fellowships), and began getting into skateboarding again. For his first sober birthday, Steve O had a skateboard party for kids. In the documentary, Jackass producer Jeff Tremaine said “People can change.” Steve O went on to do “Dancing with the stars.” The documentary closed with Steve O confirming his humbleness saying, “This isn’t something you get better from. I’m not cured.” It is exactly this and his real dedication to his recovery that has lead to his success thus far and everybody believing in Steve O once again.

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for your courage to say these things. I to have a major addiction problem. I looked up to your “stunt” with drugs and tried to copy them at all costs. Your helping me more then you know. Your now giving me a different path to follow. Which is hard but to do but I need to follow your foot steps.

    Megan R. Owensby

    May 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm

  2. This is the first actual review of the show I’ve read and it’s great… man was Steve-O messed up! I’m happy to see that he is trying to get clean.


    May 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

  3. i think that steve o has done and is doin a great job. im proud of you steve. you also opened my eyes on the drug problems i have ben on for years now. i watch the show n i can deffinitly say your an inspiration. keep it up. hopefully someday ill meet ya. keep it up. i wish u happiness and success. keep it goin with your sobietry. i know you helped me and showed me there are people can change habits


    May 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm

  4. I marked this day on my calender and was counting down the days til this documentary aired…this documentary wasn’t just a normal show that was a biography. I feel it really inspired those who have a problem and I hope those people become clean…Steve O Demise and Rise really opened people’s eyes to their consequences and helped me be inspired…it has influenced my future desicions. May Steve-O live long and strong and always be a hero me. God bless you, Steve-O!!!! 🙂


    May 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

  5. Please someone help me…… I have a 21 year old brother and he has a major addiction problem. He has a job but he never has money to paid his bills or to support his new born baby. Everytime I talk to him is like he is in another world. I feel like me and my family are letting him died. If you can please help me do so. What do I do?


    September 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

  6. you know, Steve- O is just a normal guy like the rest of us addicts…. i just wish everyone would let him recover and get clean… like the rest of us…. we all have been through the same things and thats why we are in the same place… it amazes me that currently hes been around for a month and people can’t shutup about it and all i can say is STOP let the guy recover…. geezus. he needs the same thing we do.


    January 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  7. i had always noticed that steve-o started looking worse and worse and i really hope he is serious because he such a funny person and it sucks to hear his voice get harsher and harsher. good luck steve-o, im deff a fan and id hate to see ya go.


    March 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

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