Alexander Ludwig Reveals Details Of His Battle With Addiction, Talks ‘Bite The Bullet’ Campaign

“Vikings” star Alexander Ludwig is keeping it candid at Comic-Con 2018, revealing exclusively to ET Canada details of his battle with addiction.

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While chatting with our Carlos Bustamante in San Diego, the 26-year-old Vancouver native opened up about joining the “Bite The Bullet Stories” campaign, in which he revealed his struggle with addiction.

“I’m doing mine on addiction. I’ve struggled with addiction for a long part of my life and I went to rehab at one point, came out, and it was the greatest thing I ever did in my life.

“One thing that comes with addiction is realizing that it really doesn’t just start with you. Even though I’m fighting it, my whole family, my loved ones, are living with it, too,” Ludwig said.

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One of those “loved ones” is girlfriend and fellow actor Kristy Dawn Dinsmore, who has been by his side throughout his battle. The couple decided to share their stories and ‘bite the bullet’ together.

Photo: Farrah Aviva
Photo: Farrah Aviva

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“Since that experience, I feel like a totally different person and it’s been amazing. So, I wanted to contribute and Kristy wanted to contribute as well because we went through this experience together to just let everyone know you’re not alone and it’s important to speak about these things,” he said. “A lot of people live in toxic shame. There’s no shame in getting help for things that you need.

“It’s no different than diabetes — every single day you need your insulin. It’s the same with addiction — every single day you need to be smart and it’s one day at a time.”

Photo: Farrah Aviva
Photo: Farrah Aviva

The “Bite The Bullet Stories” campaign was created by actress and writer Farrah Aviva; it features celebrities, social influencers, and everyday people ‘biting the bullet’ and coming forward to share their personal experiences of hardship, triumph, and determination for change. Each series includes portraits on their Instagram page, @bitethebulletstories.

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In the official Instagram post, both Ludwig and Dinsmore shared in-depth stories as to why they joined the powerful campaign.

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@alexanderludwig ‘Bites the Bullet’ for @bitethebulletstories to say, ‘I have had my own personal struggles with addiction'…"Through my struggles with addiction it has become unbearably evident that he who is born with the disease is not the only one who ends up living with it. It is a tsunami that builds and builds within until it is released upon those dearest to us leaving a path of destruction and chaos in its wake. With the help of family, friends and my love @_kristydawndinsmore I was able to see I had an addiction. I chose to fight it and I went to rehab. I bite the bullet for the addict who still suffers, I bite the bullet for the loved ones who try to help to no avail, I pray they find peace and know they are not alone and it is not their fault. Only when we truly surrender to that which we cannot control can we begin to make the changes we need to live a life of inner peace, gratitude, love and joy. I found that the most important piece to this puzzle is having the courage to ask for help, so everyone suffering can get the real support that they need. Commit to oneself, and continue forward without judgement and toxic shame. We as human beings are constantly suffering on a daily basis and if we have more kindness towards ourselves and each other we can conquer anything.” 📸 @farrahaviva #bitethebulletstories #bitethebullet #thebangbang #alexanderludwig #addiction

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“With the help of family, friends and my love @kristydawndinsmore I was able to see I had an addiction. I chose to fight it and I went to rehab. I bite the bullet for the addict who still suffers, I bite the bullet for the loved ones who try to help to no avail,” Ludwig said in the post.

Photo: Farrah Aviva
Photo: Farrah Aviva

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”Like many, I have gone through numerous struggles. When I was 9 my mother died from a brain tumour,” Dinsmore shared in the post. “When I finally accepted the things I couldn’t change, I was able to take the appropriate steps towards changing what I could. One day at a time is my motto. It started with practicing love and empathy towards others and myself on a daily basis.”

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@_kristydawndinsmore ‘Bites two Bullets’ for @bitethebulletstories to say , ‘Our vulnerability is our strength’…”Like many, I have gone through numerous struggles. When I was 9 my mother died from a brain tumour. I’m biting two bullets to express two very different paths I could have taken when confronted with these challenges. I could have succumbed to being a victim, or I could choose to accept that some things are out of my control. When I finally accepted the things I couldn't change, I was able to take the appropriate steps towards changing what I could. One day at a time is my motto . It started with practicing love and empathy towards others and myself on a daily basis. My mother was sick for 3 years before she passed and I saw a community of selfless people come together to help. My father was at the hospital every single day doing everything possible to help her stay comfortable. While working 7 days a week he still gave as much love as he could to my brother and I. He was EXHAUSTED. Thankfully we had ‘our Angels’ – our neighbors, who became our family. For an entire year they came over with huge smiles on their faces and hot delicious meals made with 100% love and expected nothing in return. I was surrounded by an amazing group of women who inspired me. Why am I bringing this up? Because that selflessness inspired me to be the most authentic person I can be. My ‘angels’ taught me empathy and I embarked on a path of gratitude instead of the seductive path of self-loathing. We always have a choice and I encourage you to take the challenging one, the painful one. There’s always a lesson, a gift and beauty behind it all. With my love, @alexanderludwig ’s struggle with addiction I’ve undergone some of the toughest times since my mother died and I’ve had to be as resilient as ever to help him through this. Our willingness to be vulnerable and open gives birth to a space within where we ultimately grow. We are all perfectly imperfect beings. Our vulnerability is our strength. Be strong for yourself and for someone who needs it.” 📸 @farrahaviva #bitethebulletstories

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Photo: Farrah Aviva
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“With my love, @alexanderludwig’s struggle with addiction I’ve undergone some of the toughest times since my mother died and I’ve had to be as resilient as ever to help him through this,” the “Supernatural” star said. “Our willingness to be vulnerable and open gives birth to a space within where we ultimately grow. We are all perfectly imperfect beings. Our vulnerability is our strength. Be strong for yourself and for someone who needs it.”

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