For greater than a yr, Howard Stern’s former sidekick has remained primarily off the grid, which left many followers fearing the worst and questioning: The place did he go?
The Publish can now reveal that Lange, 53, is doing effectively as he continues in an intensive New Jersey drug courtroom program — and he hasn’t forgotten about his loyal supporters.
His lawyer, Michael Robbins of West Orange, New Jersey, informed The Publish that Lange has been sober for the previous 2½ years and continues to reside at his residence in Hoboken.
“He’s engaged on finishing his drug courtroom program and resuming his profession,” Robbins stated. “Artie is grateful for the continued help of his associates and, after all, his followers.”
Former sidekick of the self-proclaimed King of All Media for practically a decade, Lange is now specializing in his sobriety and is at present residing along with his mother, Judy Lange, in his two-bedroom, two-bathroom riverfront apartment which he bought again in 2001 for $615,000, a separate supply revealed.
“His mother suffers from extreme cataracts. She’s legally blind, so she needed to transfer in with Artie,” the supply informed The Publish.
“Additionally, she will cook dinner for him and ensure he eats correctly. [You know], Italian moms,” the insider quipped.
Followers have been questioning the place the previous “Crashing” star went after taking a social media hiatus since mid-November 2020, following an almost eight-month break previous to that.
However the insider defined that staying sober for Lange has been a full-time job.
“Individuals have to grasp … He was doing $1,800 price of cocaine and heroin a day for a number of years — that’s obtained to do one thing to you mentally when you cease doing it,” the supply informed The Publish.
Typical instances for people in a New Jersey drug courtroom program final over three years, from the time they enter to the time they efficiently full this system. At any level a person breaks probation or the principles of this system, which incorporates testing optimistic for substances, it will possibly resort in jail time and being kicked out of drug courtroom altogether.
In March 2020, a little bit over a yr after leaving jail, Lange assured followers he was decided to remain heading in the right direction this time, regardless of years and years of struggles with addiction.
“I’m not sick and [I’m] not utilizing (I’d be in jail if I used to be). Simply have loopy anxiousness and [I’m] combating it laborious. Prior to now I might have simply achieved medication and gone to work (or canceled final minute) however I received’t try this now. As an alternative I cleared my schedule. I’ll be again quickly although. Peace,” he wrote in a March 13, 2020 tweet.
Lange spent nearly two months in prison beginning in Might 2019 earlier than heading into an intensive, seven-month drug courtroom program in Hudson County, which he admitted was what saved his life.
“This time, they stored me away for longer than I ever was,” Lange revealed in a November 2019 interview with Joe Rogan. “I used to be doing, like, a two-week bid. Every week bid in jail,” Lange stated. “This time I used to be in jail for 2 months, then I kicked, then I went to a long-term rehab. And I obtained locked away from it.”
Lange credited his mother for serving to him keep sober.
“I began to suppose clearer and take into consideration the implications, and take into consideration my mother,” Lange admitted. “The truth that my mom is that this nice Italian girl who, , I believed simply wanted cash from me … My outdated man on his deathbed stated, ‘Maintain your mom.’ As an Italian man from New Jersey, you suppose meaning cash, it doesn’t imply the rest. So I stored giving her cash, not realizing she was apprehensive about me dying on a regular basis. So I thought of her ache and I stated, ‘I can’t do that anymore.’ ”
His authorized woes stemmed from an preliminary 2017 arrest for cocaine and heroin possession, though he has struggled with drug addiction for years.
In Might 2019, Stern gave a uncommon interview with the New York Occasions Journal through which he admitted he loves his one-time sidekick however reached a degree the place he needed to let him go.
“What’s occurring with Artie makes me very unhappy. We’ve misplaced contact, and that’s my doing,” Stern stated. “I obtained my fingers crossed for the man. And it wasn’t a clear break.
“It was a few years of wanting Artie to get assist. I do know that a variety of followers need me to speak about Artie and really feel it’s a cop-out for me to not. I’ll take that. I don’t wish to do something that may rock his boat,” Stern continued. “I get unhappy speaking about Artie. He was an incredible contributor. However we needed to transfer on.”
In Lange’s most up-to-date interview with radio and podcast host Nick Di Paolo in November 2020, Lange revealed some of the things he has achieved to remain sober.
“I took it down a few notches,” Lange shared. “I got here again and I’ve stayed clear and sober, that’s like a full-time job. I am going to conferences on Zoom. Within the summertime, they’d some AA conferences open air that I attended. Gotta work this system.
“I simply thought I needed to retreat a little bit bit from the work I used to be doing to make that occur,” Lange continued. “And keep out of jail. Keep out of rehab. However I’ve been clear now for nearly two years. It’s a special life.”