Oftentimes, it’s easy to put celebrities on a pedestal and forget that they struggle through a lot of the same issues that we do. However, many celebrities struggle with issues like addiction and recovery.
Reading some of these celebrity recovery stories could encourage someone to begin the path of recovery. If people like these have the strength to admit to themselves that they have a problem, then so can you! This is the first and most important step towards recovery.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. had an early start when it comes to using drugs, claiming that he began to use it before he was even a teenager. During his early acting career, he reports that he used drugs quite often.
At the turn of the century, Robert Downey Jr. checked into rehab, and as of 2002, he has announced that he is clean and sober.
Ben Affleck is a very popular actor who has openly struggled with alcohol addiction. Affleck has been to rehab in the past; however, his recovery is an ongoing process. He most recently left rehab in 2018, after which he acknowledged that anyone who seeks help is showing “a sign of courage.”
Drew Barrymore made a significant impact in the acting world as far back as 1989 when she admitted that she had a drug addiction at the age of 13. Barrymore, who became a world-famous actor at the age of 6 thanks to being cast in the movie E.T., began drinking at the young age of 6.
After going through rehab, she put a great deal of effort into restoring her name and improving her reputation, which she has done nicely.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis is known for her acting and her children’s books. You might never have guessed that she was addicted to both alcohol and prescription drugs earlier in her life. Fortunately, she was strong enough to seek help at rehab and is now advocating for drug recovery and proper sharing of drug information.
Keith Urban, a country singer, made famous largely thanks to the hit T.V. show American Idol, openly admitted that he struggled with drugs and alcohol after initially failing to launch his career in the 90s. Shortly after getting married in 2006, Urban went to rehab and sobered up.
Daniel Radcliffe actually acknowledged during an interview that, during the filming of some of the Harry Potter movies, he was drunk on set. Nowadays, he is still working on his recovery.
As you can see, it’s not just ‘everyday Joes’ who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. Even the rich and famous fall victim to the allure of intoxication. However, it’s important to remember that the most important thing anyone can do is take the first step on the path to recovery.
Written by Nigel Ford