Joe Manganiello Releases Wellness Book, Talks About His Struggle with Alcoholism

The book is entitled “Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted” and it often refers to his previous addiction to alcohol as a mental and physical barrier he had to conquer on his path to wellness.

The True Blood star wasn’t always a model of physical fitness. When talking to Huffington Post’s Alyona Minkovski, Manganiello admits to being bullied as a skinny teenager.

“Failure became a huge part of my success story,” he explained. “Now, you hear about these soccer games kids play when goals aren’t counted. Everybody gets the orange slice and the pat on the back and everybody says ‘Good job!’ And that wasn’t the case for me and I think I benefited from that. I’m glad that I lost, I’m glad that I failed, I’m glad that I felt that way and decided to do something about it.”

Later, in his 20s, the aspiring actor’s drinking began to develop into a serious problem. He became depressed and “was pretty lost.” Manganiello reflects on hitting rock bottom and how it gave him the perspective he needed to change.

“There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way [of my career]. I talk about that a lot in the book. It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out.”

In his book, Manganiello not only describes how to get physically fit, but how to be mentally strong and find the motivation that drives you to become who you want to be. When asked about his motivation at a Muscle & Fitness event celebrating his cover story in a recent issue, the actor describes his turning point.

“There was no gun to my head, nobody forced me to do any of this. It was basically at 33 years old, what do you want the rest of your life to look like? Do you want to know what you’re capable of or not? And I used it as my motivator.”

When asked if it has been worth it, the actor replied, “My life was ruined. I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober].” Manganiello has been drink-free for more than 11 years and judging by his expanding career and famous physique, it definitely shows.