Celebrities Who Overcame Addiction
We tend to idolize celebrities – and want to emulate their glamorous lifestyles. But celebrities deal with the same issues that everyday people do. As well as the unique pressures that fame brings. Many young celebrities deal with their issues in unhealthy ways, turning to the drugs and alcohol that are so readily available in the Hollywood scene. Here are some celebrities who dealt with – and overcame – serious addictions to alcohol and drugs and now embrace sober living. For these celebrities, rehab was a turning point – and helped them commit to recovery, sober living and reclaim control over their life.
1.) Christina Ricci: Ricci started her Hollywood career as a young teen – and admitted she fell into the drug and alcohol scene. By her late 20s, she was ready to give up her addictions and embrace a new, sober lifestyle. “I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking, but it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life,” she told BlackBook.
2.) Daniel Radcliffe: The Harry Potter star said that fame at a young age made it easier for him to fall into drinking and drug use. Getting sober in 2010 was one of the best decisions he has ever made, the star said – and one that saved his life. “[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][My life is] a lot better and less chaotic. I just felt like I was chasing chaos and making my life difficult, all the time thinking I was having fun,” Radcliffe told GQ magazine. “So it feels very nice to not be putting myself in danger, to be waking up in the mornings and not thinking, ‘Oh my god, who am I going to hear from? What did I do?’ It’s a life lived without dread and fear, and it is lovely.”
3.) Demi Lovato: What defines alcoholism and substance abuse? For Demi Lovato, it was the feeling that alcohol and drugs controlled her life and took over her priorities. Lovato has talked candidly about her substance abuse issues, which landed her in rehab in 2010, following a public meltdown. She is now a spokesperson for the joys of sober living. “‘Sober is Sexy’ is my new motto, and it couldn’t be more true!,” Lovato says. “All you need to have fun in life is a great attitude and good friends. I’ve made a commitment to myself to live a happy, healthy life the best way I know how, and I want to spread the message that you don’t need to do drink or do drugs to have fun.”
4.) Colin Farrell: Colin Farrell knew he needed serious help when he was asked by a therapist to write down how much drugs and alcohol he consumed in a week. His response: “20 E’s, four grams of coke, six of speed, half an ounce of hash, three bottles of Jack Daniel’s, 12 bottles of red wine, 60 pints. … There was a lot of partying. I had a good time, but I paid a heavy price,” said the Irish actor. Farrell went to rehab in 2005 and got clean and sober. A decision he said changed his life in the best possible way. “I just wanted to stop. I was done with it, I was tired of it, I wanted to get off the treadmill. Giving up alcohol has put more focus on my career. I’m a lot more appreciative over what I have.”
5.) Jada Pinkett Smith: Smith said that one of the myths about alcoholism is that it is a decision. For many, like Smith, it’s something they are born with. Alcoholism runs in her family and her mother struggled with substance abuse. Not wanting to repeat her family’s history, Pinkett Smith made the decision to get sober. “I had problems with alcohol and I really had to get in contact with the pain, whatever that is, and then I had to get some other tools in how to deal with the pain. From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven’t had a drink since,” she told Contact Music.
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