Sober celebrities Tend To Give Back
If you think that addiction doesn’t affect celebrities, think again. There are plenty of actors and actresses who have struggled or do struggle with alcohol abuse or drug abuse. In fact, sometimes they feel an even greater temptation to abuse substances because of the immense pressure that is on them at times. Being in the spotlight can be incredibly challenging, and some simply look to alcohol or drugs to cope with such.
In addition, Hollywood is oftentimes seen as the Party City. There’s always some sort of party or celebration going on for actors and actresses, and alcohol (and some drugs) is certainly a big part of that.
Just look at Drew Barrymore, who started drinking and drugging when she was only 10 years old. By the time she was 12, she was using cocaine. At 13, she found herself in rehab, and then at 15, she found herself there again. She was even suicidal at times. That’s a pretty young age to be struggling so much with substance abuse. Good news is that Drew Barrymore had had enough of the darkness and the addiction, and decided to enter recovery. She has been clean and sober ever since those teen years and is a firm advocate of recovery.
Here are some other celebrities who have beaten alcoholism or drug abuse.
- Bradley CooperFor those Bradley Cooper fans, Cooper decided to sober up when he was 29 years old, realizing that his drinking was way out of hand and it was affecting his life in a negative way. While he does say that he doesn’t feel his drinking impacted his work a great deal, he does acknowledge that since he’s quit drinking, he’s a better performer and he’s even been an Oscar nominee. He says, “If I continued, it I was really going to sabotage my whole life.” Cooper is well known for his role in movies such as The Hangover, Silver Linings, and Limitless. Now, more than 10 years later, he’s still sober and doing super well in his career and personal life.
- Russell BrandRussell Brand, comedian, and actor, has been sober from alcohol and drugs for 15 years now. Brand is very outspoken about his addiction and his recovery. In fact, he’s recently released a new book called Recovery, Freedom from our Addictions. He writes from his experience and 14 years of recovery, and discusses the 12 steps and puts a new lingo on them, making it easier to understand for modern-day folks. Brand has quite a following and has been a positive voice in the recovery field for years.
- Eminem The rap-star Eminem has been one of many sober celebrities since 2007 after he overdosed on methadone. He entered rehab and gained a lot of weight while there. When he got out, he decided he would take up exercise in order to lose the weight, but also to help him overcome his addiction. It has been reported that he has become addicted to exercise, but he is continually watching out to keep it balanced.
- Rob Lowe The actor Rob Lowe has been sober for 25 years now. After years of abusing alcohol, he spent three days in a rehab and describes it as, “One of the most exhilarating, liberating, and exciting four weeks of my life.” Today, this sober celebrity is in his 50s and has been in recovery and sober since his mid-20’s. Like other sober celebrities, he gives a lot of credit to his wife, who refused to enable him and has been one of his biggest encouragers and supporters along his recovery journey.
- Jamie Lee CurtisThe actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been sober for 13 years. She’s had a remarkable acting career, but she says that her recovery from alcoholism has been her greatest achievement. She’s quite active in promoting recovery, raising money, and speaking encouragement to those who need it. She reports that her achieving sobriety has helped break the curse of addiction in her family. She states, “For a long time, I felt like I was failing. I feel like a failure as a mother a lot, because, despite my best efforts, I have replicated parts of how I was parented that I didn’t want to.” This led her to abuse alcohol, but thankfully, she was able to reach out for help and beat the disease of alcoholism.
- Matthew PerryMatthew Perry is most known for his role in the TV show, He admits that he was a long-time abuser of alcohol and Vicodin. He said it would get so bad that he couldn’t hide it anymore, and his loved ones certainly recognized that he had a problem. He went to various rehabs and has remained sober since 2001. He states, “My life has a lot more meaning now that I try to help people.” He also states that you can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it solved in 28 days. He says it takes a lifestyle change over time. Since his recovery, he has opened a sober living facility called The Perry House, which helps recovering alcoholics and addicts transition from rehab to life on their own without substances.
Perry says that his use was so abundant that he barely remembers filming seasons 3 through 6 of Friends. While on the outside it may have looked like he was enjoying success as an actor, he states: From an outsider’s perspective it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism.” Although he says he never drank or used drugs on the set, he would show up with plenty of hangovers. He tried to hide it for a while, but eventually, everyone knew. It’s wonderful that after so many years of struggling, Perry finally joined other sober celebrities.
Addiction and alcoholism takes its toll on celebrities too
Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, addiction can be very dangerous for everyone, including celebrities. In fact, there are many people who die each year directly from the disease of addiction. I’m sure you’ve heard of various celebrities that have overdosed throughout the years, which ought to be a huge wake-up call for those caught in the grips of addiction.
In a review of 2014, plenty of precious souls lost their lives due to overdose. It’s sad because there really is help available for those who struggle with addiction. Let’s honor and remember three celebrities who lost their lives due to overdose that year. It’s a shame to lose them to drugs, but they also added some value to humanity as well. Let’s not forget that.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Phillip was an actor, producer, and director and well known in Hollywood. Sadly, he died due to an overdose of heroin in February of 2014. Phillip had struggled with addiction in the past, but he joined other sober celebrities and had gotten clean and sober for about 23 years. It came as a shock to friends and family that he began using heroin back in 2013. This is a firm reminder that even decades of sobriety doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re safe from a relapse.
Peaches was only 25 when drugs took her life last year. An English model and TV star, Peaches overdosed on heroin in April 2014. What a shame for addiction to snuff the life out of this beautiful soul who had two young children. She is missed greatly.
Rashad, or DJ Rashad, was a well-known DJ that died last year due to an overdose of a variety of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, and alprazolam. Only 34 years old, Rashad brought a lot of value to the DJ world. His death is a great loss.
Overdose is a big concern when it comes to drugs, with over 100 people dying each day due to such. Addiction is a powerful disease that can cause a lot of harm to users and their loved ones. Sober celebrities tend to spend some time helping those who are still caught in the grip.
Are you struggling with alcoholism or addiction?
While it’s great that there are plenty of sober celebrities now, there are still plenty of people suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with such, know that you are not alone and there are substance abuse professionals that can assist you.
You may benefit from speaking to a substance abuse professional about your usage, as well as possible treatment. There are various paths to recovery, including an inpatient or outpatient rehab, 12-step support groups, and counselors. There’s no right or wrong necessarily when it comes to a treatment plan, it’s whatever works for you. But you will benefit by having a discussion with a professional who can give you a clear assessment and offer suggestions regarding recovery.
Even if you’ve been to a rehab before, or you’ve been through a 12-step program and have relapsed, there’s no shame in trying again. Relapse is pretty common in recovery, especially in early recovery. Remember that alcoholism or drug addiction is a disease of the brain. If you relapse, just know that you can get up and try again and keep trying until you get it. Good news is that there are professionals that can assist you, including the work of sober celebrities.
Just as the celebrities tended to struggle for a while, eventually they had enough and did something different in order to get clean and sober. So can you. Give us a call today and allow us to direct you in the best direction for your treatment. If you do not want to attend treatment, still give us a call and we can answer any questions you may have. There is a wonderful life on the other side of addiction, and it’s your for the taking.