As soon as-child actor Shaun Weiss, now in his 40s, is celebrating one 12 months sober after hitting “all-time low” from a meth dependancy that landed him in jail. Now, the previous consumer is unrecognizable subsequent to his gaunt images from early 2020.
His transformation was catalyzed partially by shut pal and fellow actor Drew Gallagher.
On Jan. 27, Gallagher posted a photo of himself and Weiss collectively, sitting exterior a TGI Fridays in Los Angeles on Instagram. He captioned:
“Comfortable 1-year-sober for @shaunweiss. What a journey and what a restoration!!!”
Within the picture, Weiss is proven together with his arm round Gallagher’s shoulder and grinning.
Simply 4 months prior, Gallagher shared Weiss’s “before and after” photos on Fb, praising his pal for attaining sobriety. “Final Christmas I picked up Shaun and for the primary time in his life he regarded within the mirror and couldn’t acknowledge himself,” wrote Gallagher.
Weiss had no enamel, his diabetes was “uncontrolled,” he had a continual hunch, and he couldn’t sleep with out being overwhelmed up. He weighed a mere 84 kilos (approx. 38 kg).
“There’s not a innocent Shaun Weiss right here,” Gallagher, who met Weiss whereas taking pictures a TV pilot, told People. “[But] for those who have been to spend any time with him, you’d have a drastically extra compassionate understanding … he’s mentally sick. He’s simply sick, and everyone provides up on him.
“He’s like a brother to me,” Gallagher added. “I gained’t abandon him.”
New Jersey native Weiss, 42, shot to fame as Greg Goldberg in “The Mighty Geese” films within the Nineteen Nineties. His well being spiraled uncontrolled, nonetheless, when he was seized by drug dependancy as an grownup.
Then, a sequence of arrests in California ultimately led the actor to confess he had hit “under all-time low.”
In 2017, Weiss served 12 days in jail for petty theft. After his launch, he was arrested 5 days later for possessing meth, for which he served 90 extra days.
Returning to jail in August 2018 for public intoxication prompted Weiss to examine into rehab. But, restoration remained out of attain till March 2020, following a January arrest for breaking and coming into whereas underneath the affect of meth.
Then, Weiss checked into rehab once more, transferring right into a sober dwelling facility on the onset of the pandemic.
To assist his pal in his restoration journey, Gallagher began a GoFundMe marketing campaign and raised over $16,000.
Chatting with The Epoch Occasions on-line, Gallagher defined that he has been solo-fundraising to get Weiss the remedies he wants from the start of his rehabilitation. “I’m doing all I can to lift extra to assist get him a automobile, and get into his new residence,” he stated.
Weiss had in depth dental surgical procedure final August to interchange his rotten enamel with brand-new veneers, after which images of the reworked superstar began making headlines.
“His face and mouth really feel like ‘tenderized meat’ as he recovers from every oral surgical procedure,” stated Gallagher, “however he’s feeling blessed to be getting a brand new set of everlasting enamel.”
Dental surgeon Dr. Gabe Rosenthal waived the invoice for the pricey process, stated Gallagher, permitting the previous addict’s funds to be spent on sober-living lodging and groceries.
“Shaun is prospering!” Gallagher announced on Facebook, including that since getting sober, Weiss is even weaning off insulin. “He’s not solely sober and clear-headed, however he’s additionally giving again and is targeted on serving to others.”
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