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Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon seeks treatment for alcoholism

Thursday 29 April 2004, by Webmaster

As Nicholas announced at Vulkon’s Cleveland Slayercon Sunday, he has chosen to seek treatment for alcoholism.


I’m so proud of Nick. What a show of courage he made in Cleveland. He will remain in my prayers.

Posted by: Spring on April 27, 2004 12:44 AM

Amen to that. I applaud him. Nick is an extremely strong person, and I admire him so much. He has my total support and just like Spring, my prayers.

Posted by: TaraR on April 27, 2004 12:57 AM

I am also proud of Nick. He is such an amazing man who keeps on amazing me. His courage and heart inspires me so much and I thank him for that. I will send good thoughts his way and also keep him in my prayers.

Posted by: Lexie on April 27, 2004 02:52 AM

Good luck to Nick, it is a brave thing to admit and a big first step. Support and thoughts all the way!!!

Posted by: NorthernLadUK on April 27, 2004 06:10 AM

Good on Nick for admitting that he had a problem and that he’s man enough to seek help with it. Shows courage

Posted by: jo on April 27, 2004 06:31 AM

I am praying for nick and his family during this time. Good luck to you!

Posted by: Kelly Warren on April 27, 2004 07:29 AM

Good for him. Alcoholism is a tough thing to deal with and it takes alot of strength to even admit and seek help for, thats a huge step in itself. My thoughts and prayers go out to him. Good luck to ya Nick!

Posted by: Ruth on April 27, 2004 08:22 AM

We love you Nick. You showed a lot of guts on Sunday when you shared this very private information. I was proud to bursting to hear that you were making such a positive life change!

My thoughts are with you and Tressa at this time.

Posted by: avidrdr on April 27, 2004 09:53 AM

Nick, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tuff time. It took a lot of courage to make that announcment. I was at the convention and know that everyone there is behind you and wishes you well. Emily

Posted by: Emily on April 27, 2004 10:11 AM

I was at the con also. I am so happy for Nick that he has decided to make such a positive life change. He is a very brave man and my love and prayers are with him.

Posted by: Becky on April 27, 2004 11:32 AM

Takes a very strong person to admit this problem and it takes a braver soul to seek treatment.

Best wishes Nick : )


Posted by: miranda on April 27, 2004 12:59 PM

I too am praying for Nick. I wish him the best of luck. Alcoholism is hard to beat, as someone said, and he needs all the support he can get from his family and his fans. Look to God, Nick, and He’ll help you through.

I love you Nick,


Posted by: Ciana on April 27, 2004 01:05 PM

best wishes to Nick, I’m so glad that he has had the courage, strength and good sense to get help .

Posted by: Deb W on April 27, 2004 01:23 PM

Alcoholism has profoundly affected my life, so I know what I’m talking about when I say getting treatment is the best gift Nick could ever give to himself, his family and his friends. I admire Nick for his honesty and bravery as he takes this huge step towards healing himself, and I wish him all the best in the world.

Posted by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004 02:10 PM

Nick, I was just trying to get some information from your website that I wanted to write down when this news about you came on flashing in my face. There’s a tear. I had to read it three times to really believe it. It seems like many people even the ones who are stars have regular problmes. I’m always proud and happy when people admit to these kinds of problems and seek help before it’s too late. I believe it’s never too late but the earlier the better. I personally like to be informed on your progress. Have faith in yourself and a smile on your face if you can cause I believe you’ll make it through. We, the fans, will all be your strength. Hugs and kisses! Kat

Posted by: Kat on April 27, 2004 02:47 PM

I was also at the Vulkon Convention in Cleveland, and just want to wish Nick well in his recovery and all of us in Cleveland are praying for him. You are a incredible person, and will do incredibale things. We look forward to seeing them all.

Posted by: Kelly Kovalick on April 27, 2004 03:09 PM

I saw Nick at Cleveland as well and am just so proud that he has chosen to get help before things got really bad. I hope he gets better very soon and my best thoughts are with him. I am just so proud of him.

Posted by: Kelly on April 27, 2004 03:52 PM

Good for Nick to first admit he had a problem and for seeking help for that problem. He has my full support and hope in beating this horrible disease.

Posted by: Adrian Tepes on April 27, 2004 04:10 PM

All my best wishes to Nick for a speedy and long-lasting recovery. The courage it took to take that step (and publicly too) is so admirable. That’s why he’s my boy and whatever he does, he’s got the support of many!!

Posted by: Jason Thomas on April 27, 2004 04:41 PM

Good luck Nick. You’ll be in my thoughts and meditations. What a brave step to take.

Posted by: jeebs on April 27, 2004 04:49 PM


I was shocked to hear this, but my prayers are with you. It’s good your taking care of the problem now then later. I’ll know you’ll overcome this. Best Wishes and Hopes to you.

Posted by: Daniella on April 27, 2004 05:17 PM

I feel that it’s not my place to be proud of someone I’ve never met (I’ll leave that to his friends and family), but I’m so happy that Nick is dealing with this problem head on.

Best wishes to him and his family.

Posted by: Eva on April 27, 2004 05:18 PM


I’m so glad that you are taking care of this problem. I was really shocked at the news, but more proud of you for admitting it. I have heard about so many people in hollywood choosing not to deal with their problems probablly because they are afraid of what people will think of them. I think you admitting you have a problem showed that you are not only brave and admirable, but an inspiration to all of us. I wish you loads of luck!!!


Posted by: Melissa Santana on April 27, 2004 05:37 PM

Nicky- Thank you for taking the time to come to Cleveland, much appreciated. I don’t feel any actor should feel obligated to share what goes on in their private life- but hopefully it may be able to help some to know that even those who have only met you for a brief moment, care and do wish you the best. You have impacted so many lives, perhaps now we can just a little bit with our support for you = ) Take care kiddo- <3 nina p.s Thanks for the hug, but i noticed i got makeup on your shirt—SORRY!!

Posted by: Nina on April 27, 2004 05:38 PM

Oh wow, i’m not really sure to say except that i support and i will be here all the way. My thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family. I know he will get through this on top. Amy

Posted by: Amy on April 27, 2004 05:55 PM


I met you at the Meadowlands convention a few weeks back, in the lobby and elevator of the hotel, and later on the autograph line. You were such a nice, great, down-to-earth guy, and I wish you the best of luck. I’ve always admired how forthcoming you are about your personal life, and I know that you will be successful in your current battle.


Posted by: Robert Berg on April 27, 2004 06:00 PM

I’m glad Nick’s decided to seek help. That’s the bravest thing anyone can do, to realize there’s a problem and to work to stop it before it gets worse. He has my 100% admiration and support. My best wishes and prayers with Nick and his family and good thoughts towards a full recovery.

Posted by: Dani on April 27, 2004 06:01 PM

I wish Nick the best in his recovery. As an addict myself (I consider myself to be in remission), and although my addiction isn’t to substances, it can be difficult to even realize you have a problem—especially when your problem may not manifest itself in obvious ways.

I’m the sort of person that unless you know my deepest personal issues you would have no idea that I’m an addict. Addiction has a stigma in society and it’s very misunderstood but it’s so common especially in a culture where we are encouraged to use things to escape our problems in life.

Recovery is a difficult road but it’s made easier when you have the support of family and friends and I hope Nick has that strength to back him up. I’m proud he’s admitted his weakness, turning it into a strength that can encourage others to do the same.

I have the strong belief that Nick can beat this thing and it shows just how couragous he is that he went public with it. Good luck to him!

Posted by: Electricspacegirl on April 27, 2004 06:09 PM


Good luck on following your brave steps. You have many fans who support you and admire your courage, dedication, and persistance, not to mention your talent. I hope to see you in future projects before too long. All your fans are proud of you.

Posted by: Invisible Green on April 27, 2004 06:09 PM

Nick, you should be exceedingly proud of yourself. You’re an extremely classy individual.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Posted by: Sandi on April 27, 2004 06:17 PM

Good Luck Nick. We all believe in you and know you can do it!

Posted by: McKenna on April 27, 2004 06:32 PM

Nicky, myself, as well as many other fans who will hear about your brave steps all support you and you have all our wishes and best thoughts for you.

Posted by: Dazzo on April 27, 2004 06:56 PM

Sending my love and support to Nicky and his family.

Posted by: Melissa on April 27, 2004 06:56 PM

God grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change; The courage to change the things you can; And the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.

May this be the first step of each day of the rest of your life. God bless.

Posted by: E-mom on April 27, 2004 07:04 PM

Good for Nick! Keep it up buddy.

Course if I had to work with Joss Whedon I’d need to drink too.

Posted by: no one on April 27, 2004 07:38 PM

Nick, you have to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of a lot of people. Just take it slow and easy.

Posted by: zandra on April 27, 2004 08:24 PM

You have mine, and I’m sure many other fans support. I’m wishing you the best. <3

Posted by: Mistress Ashley on April 27, 2004 08:40 PM

Best of luck to you, Nick. Many thoughts and prayers are headed your way. Take gentle care.

Posted by: on April 27, 2004 08:50 PM

You are truly a courageous and talented person. You are in my prayers. God bless.

Posted by: kate on April 27, 2004 09:10 PM

This is a hard time in your life, but the fact you have the stregnth to face your demons shows true character. I wish you well and peace on your journey!

Posted by: Cindy on April 27, 2004 09:32 PM

God bless you, Nicky. May He give you the strenght you need to go through this very difficult time. You are a very brave person, and you have a good heart. Know that you have tons of people cheering you on. We love you. Good luck, and keep the faith.

Posted by: JoeyRZ on April 27, 2004 10:05 PM

Im so proud of him as well. I think hes a great human being and I cant wait to see him in June.

Posted by: Stephen on April 27, 2004 10:12 PM

I, like many, was shocked to hear this news but even though we’ve never met I am SO proud of you Nicky for admitting you had a problem and deciding to do something about it! My heart goes out to you and you’re in my thoughts and prayers. I’d say *hugs* but it’s kinda hokey, so positive vibes your way.

We love you. We support you.


Posted by: Mariann on April 27, 2004 10:33 PM

Nick- Thank you for your art, and for sharing your bravery. I wish you strength, and wholeness. Blessings.

Posted by: middlefaith on April 27, 2004 11:12 PM

Great man you are Nicholas Brendon, to know you need help. Hope everything turns out ok and grand in the outcome.

Posted by: Fallen Angel on April 27, 2004 11:19 PM

I couldn’t believe this. I wish you all the best of luck, and remember there are so many people pulling for you.

Be strong.

Posted by: Rebecca on April 28, 2004 12:58 AM

I didn’t think it was possible but I even admire you more now then I ever did before, Nick. It takes a courageous and brave person to let us in on such a personal level. I wish you all the strength, love and hapiness in the world. God knows you deserve it. Robert

Posted by: Robert on April 28, 2004 01:46 AM

All my prayers and support are with you Nick at this time. Good luck! We love you!

Posted by: Crystal trahan on April 28, 2004 02:20 AM

I too was shocked when I heard the news at the Cleveland convention. As an addict myself, I know how incredibly difficult it can be to admit you need help - even more so to seek out that help. I have long considered Nick a role model, and to know that he has the strength and the courage to take this step - and to admit it publically - makes him even more of an inspiration to me. I have never been prouder to say I’m a fan. Best of luck with your recovery, Nick. You and your loved ones will be kept in my thoughts.

Posted by: Alison on April 28, 2004 02:23 AM

Best Wishes Nick. Be strong and you’ll get over it in no time. And it took a lot of courage to announce this news in front of people. So I congradulate you for that. : ) Get well soon.

Gotta Blaze Slayer’s Hostage

Posted by: Slayer’s Hostage on April 28, 2004 02:27 AM

Dearest Nick

You may remember me from the David Boreanaz Event 2003 in the UK. I looked after you alot over the course of the weekend, and drove you to your hotel in the early hours of the Saturday morning its me Scully aka Jaime.

I would just like to say I’m so very proud of you that you have decided to take action about your alcohol intake. Just because you have this problem doesn’t make anyone think any less of you. I know I still love you as I always have. I told you this last year that "your a star" and I totally mean that. I will see you this weekend as I will be attending a convention your appearing at. Look out for me while your there, I have missed you.

Good luck Nick sweetheart you can get through this, your strong and you can do it.

Scully UK

Posted by: Scully on April 28, 2004 02:37 AM

Oh Nicky! You best take good care of yourself! *Snaps fingers* You’ve got lots of fans that LOVE you and your work. Kick alcohol’s *bleep* and come back to us healthy, strong, and as loveable as ever.

Posted by: The Cathyness on April 28, 2004 02:50 AM


You were always my favourite actor on BtVS, I am a big fan. Your great.

It takes a big heart to announce to the public that you have a problem.

I commend you on taking the first step to getting better, and I wish you all the best as you come to terms with life without alcohol.

I’m sure you will have the strength to come out of this a better person.

Stay strong

Posted by: Jon on April 28, 2004 03:38 AM

Nick, I named my cat Xander because I love your character so much on BTVS. I appreciate how much you do for your fans and that you haven’t tried to distance yourself from buffy since its ended. I love that. You are so awesome! I watch reruns and buy the dvd’s. You are in my prayers! Love Ya! Elizabeth (Milwaukee, WI)

Posted by: Elizabeth Perkins on April 28, 2004 03:58 AM

What you are doing, Nick, takes courage and strength. You should be commended for taking this step. I have an alcoholic father and step father, so I have seen how hard can be to beat. But you can do it. You’ve already taken that first step. Hang in the there, mate.

Love and hugs from the land downunder....

Posted by: Lisa on April 28, 2004 04:03 AM

Good luck nick! I wish you the best of luck...:)

Posted by: Lenny on April 28, 2004 04:22 AM


I am so proud of you... for many years you made me laugh and cry as Xander and now as I supported you then and still do with all your work I support you now because this is something that takes a lot of love and good warm fuzzies to deal with remember that all your fans are here for you and much respect to you and prayers for your family and friends thought this time.


Posted by: Jill on April 28, 2004 06:25 AM

Good for him, I hope he gets through it ok.

Posted by: Christian on April 28, 2004 06:27 AM

I’m so proud of Nick for being so smart and seeking help, he is a talented, wonderful man with limitless potential and he should not throw away his life to drinking. He’s just better than that. GOOD WORK NICK! You have the support and love from all your fans, we believe in you! xoxoxoxo

Posted by: magenta on April 28, 2004 07:26 AM

My father suffered from the same thing. It’s hard to over come, but if anyone can it’s Nick. Nick you are strong and you have millions of fans,a family that loves you, and the will to do it. Good luck You will be in my thoughts and prayers Blessed be, Renee Dallas, Tx

Posted by: Renee on April 28, 2004 07:41 AM

I think it is so brave of you to do this. I was at the convention as well, and when I heard you say that you were doing this, I just thought of what an amazing person you are, for being so open and honest about it. It is the best thing you could do for yourself and your family. It’s a hard thing to do, and you are a wonderful and strong person for doing it. You have many fans behind you, and we all know you can do this! My thoughts are with you Nicky! Eva

Posted by: Eva on April 28, 2004 08:57 AM

That’s a tough thing for him to admit so publicly but good for him! So much support coming his way and all the well wishes that he wins this battle soon!

Posted by: Nobody’s Angel on April 28, 2004 09:13 AM

Good luck, Nick. You’ll make it.

Posted by: Xanderfan on April 28, 2004 09:23 AM

I think Nicks so brave to be able to admit it like that. with that courage, hes definatly going to pull threw. I just want to say how proud I am of him and that all his fans love him and support him no matter what.

Good Luck Nick

Posted by: Dee on April 28, 2004 10:16 AM

"The first step is admitting it; the second is defeating it." Best wishes to Nick. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care of yourself.

Posted by: Little Willow on April 28, 2004 10:27 AM

I have SO much respect for you Nick. We’re all behind you 100%. When times get tough, just think of what it will be like when all of your fans cheer and celebrate along with you when you beat this. Think of the look that will be on Tressa’s face when you beat this. We all love you in our own little ways.

Best wishes, my thoughts are with you.

Power to you.

Posted by: Amanda on April 28, 2004 11:19 AM

just believe yourself! i’m so sure you can make it. Best wishes.

Posted by: ISIK on April 28, 2004 12:33 PM

It’s a long road ahead to recovery but one well worth taking.

I am so proud of Nick for taking this step to a better quality of life.

Never give up, never surrender!

Posted by: Heather on April 28, 2004 12:57 PM

Its good to see that Nick is brave enough to take a stand and confront it. Best wishes!

Posted by: steven nash on April 28, 2004 12:58 PM

I met Nick for the second time this weekend at the Cleveland convention. I wish him all the luck, he is such a sweetie. I was being rushed in the line for autographs and he took the time to look at a picture I had of the two of us the first time I had met him. He remembered!!

Posted by: Lorna on April 28, 2004 12:59 PM

Good luck, mate.

Posted by: Adam on April 28, 2004 01:59 PM

Nick, You have all of my support and confidence in this "hurdle". I found myself in similar circumstances a few years ago. It took a lot for me to admit my problem, but once I did I got help and I’m doing real good now. All my friends and family were fantastic and thats what gets you through it! It wont be easy, I’m sure you know, but stick in there buddy! I’ll miss you at Fusion but it will be for a better cause! My very best wishes to you and your family! Shmembo x

Posted by: Shmembo on April 28, 2004 02:38 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you Nick. You are such a brave soul for admitting your problem, especially in public and seeking help for it. God bless you, you are truly an inspiration.

Louise xxx

Posted by: Louise on April 28, 2004 03:06 PM

Sad to hear the news but glad to see Nick has taken the first step in recovery. After giving to so many through his acting i hope people will take time to give something back.

Best wishes in getting over this Nick.

Posted by: James on April 28, 2004 04:15 PM

Nick!, I just wanted to say I’ve met you & think your a great guy, I love ya to bits :o) & I’m sure you will come out of this experience stronger, You have my respect **hugs**

Posted by: Victoria on April 28, 2004 04:29 PM

Kia kaha (be strong). Well done for admitting to your problem, that is the first step. I have just been reading a biography of River Phoenix, and he was in denial for a long time that he had a drug problem. If he had admitted to it, maybe one of the most talented actors ever to grace the silver screen would still be on it today. You have a lot left to show us Nick, be strong, get through this, because we want to be seeing you on our screens for years and years to come. Good luck mate.

Posted by: Kate on April 28, 2004 05:07 PM

I dont think I can say anything that hasn’t been said. We all support Nick. All my thoughts are with Nick and his loved ones. Stay strong. We’re all behind you.

Posted by: Clint on April 28, 2004 06:02 PM

Best of luck Nick.

First step is the hardest — admitting there is a problem

Second was easier — getting help.

Now just follow through.

Good luck and God Bless!!

4 Forum messages

  • > Nicholas Brendon seeks treatment for alcoholism

    29 April 2004 13:12, by krapnek
    If I knew my best days were behind me I’d drink too. I know it’s cruel and that I’m an idiot, but you know it’s true.
  • > Nicholas Brendon seeks treatment for alcoholism

    29 April 2004 17:09, by Julie from Québec,Canada
    Good luck Nick!!! all my thoughts and my prayers are with him!!he’s very very brave to make this step,I’m very proud of him!! I admire him so much!!!
  • Pip: These wishes and words of encouragement come from Nick’s official site. We’re just letting him know that he is in our prayers, and that he is not alone.

    He’s such a strong person, and he will definitely overcome this.

    krapnek: Yeah, you’re right that was harsh. And I also know that his best days are NOT behind him. These are the type of comments that Nick does not need right now. Right now he is asking fans for support, and a boost of moral you’re not.

    As far as the idiot comment, you said it my friend, not me.

  • > Nicholas Brendon seeks treatment for alcoholism

    30 April 2004 04:15, by SUSAN
    I was stunned to hear Nicholas Brenden has seeked treatment for alcoholism..but im glad he is getting help....and i know he can beat this.My thoughts are with you.....hay im a fan and i believe in you......