Date: 6th February 2001
Actor TOM ARNOLD has a surefire way of avoiding the pitfalls of drug abuse while he makes movies - he sets up counselling meetings in his trailer.
Arnold, a former cocaine and alcohol abuser who has been sober for 11 years, claims helping others in his makeshift recovery programmes helps himself - and he can always spot the recovering addicts. He says, "It makes things a lot easier. You get immediately involved with those people, much in the way that, when I was using drugs, I found out the eight or 10 people who had drugs and then I got involved with them. It's a choice. "There's a great sober community in Hollywood. There's always a lot of trouble, and that helped me particularly at first. They opened their arms to me." (KL/U/PDD