Daniel returned to New York in March 2007 for the premiere of "The Sopranos" in which he was featured in two episodes. He had graduated from Renaissance Malibu's 90-day program and decided he was ready to go out into the real world. He rented a condo near the facility and planned to visit frequently. He even has a new woman in his life: Jo, a former chef at Renaissance Malibu. He's not supposed to date during rehab and for the first year of sobriety, but the couple now live together. And Daniel's family has tentatively welcomed him back into their lives for the first time in many years; he said that he has been invited to a family reunion.
Daniel is still at odds with his two daughters, but his relationship with his son Atticus is getting better. He visits more often and Daniel is happy that he can have a great time with him, something he never had when he wasn't sober. "I want him to be well," Daniel said. "I love him, he's my son."
Daniel acknowledged that his relationship with his father may have played a role in where he is today. "My dad was a big guy who was heavy-handed. I seemed to be the one, because I believe I reminded him so much of himself, that he was the most heavy-handed with. … And I know he loved me, and I love my father, and I looked up to him and idolized him in many ways."
In the end, Daniel is hopeful about his future. He said that in a year "by the grace of God" he's going to be sober and he will have his "Golden Globe nomination or, you know, my son doing really, really well, and, the fact that I'm talking to both my daughters, and, you know, who knows?"
Still, Daniel admits that he will always be an addict. "The addict will always be there, forever. I am an addict. That's just the way it is."
If you or someone you know are struggling with addiction, visit the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/.