15 People Who Became Successful While in Addiction Recovery

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15 People Who Became Successful While in Addiction Recovery

Celebrities are human, just like the rest of us. For some, this includes vulnerability to substance abuse and addiction. Nearly every day, you can find a news story about some famous person who is in trouble because of drugs or alcohol.

But for every tabloid headline showing a celebrity at their worst, there is is a more positive story of a star who, with help and support, was able to overcome their illness and successfully recover.

Here are the stories of 15 celebrities in recovery who went on to do great things after regaining their sobriety.

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson: The Hardest-Working Man in Hollywood

…I was a f***ing drug addict, and I was out of my mind a lot of the time, but I had a good reputation. Showed up on time, knew my lines, hit my marks.  I just wasn’t making a lot of money… So I was doing things the right way, it was just that one thing that was in the way – my addiction. And once that was out of the way, it was –BOOM!  The door blew wide open.”

~ Samuel L. Jackson

Sober since: 1991

Today, Samuel L. Jackson is the highest-grossing movie actor in the world. He is also one of the busiest, having appeared in 140 films (and counting).  His resume’ is filled with iconic roles in movies like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and both the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universes.

But before all of that success, Jackson was a struggling actor who struggled even more with drug use, including marijuana, LSD, heroin, and crack cocaine.  He arrived at his personal rock bottom when his wife and 8-year-old daughter found him passed out in their kitchen. At his wife’s urging, he checked into rehab.

Ironically enough, the first role he played after completing rehab was that of a drug addict, in Jungle Fever. His performance was so well-received that his career heated up and has not cooled down yet. The vast majority of his film roles have come since he regained his sobriety, as have all of his award nominations and wins.

Jackson, now 70, has 6 film roles in 2019 lone.

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Robert Downey Jr.: From Addict to Avenger

“Job one is get out of that cave. A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal.”

~ Robert Downey Jr.

Sober since: 2003

Forged into a stronger metal…”.  That is an interesting and extremely apropos choice of words for the actor whose most recognizable role is that of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In reality, Downey has been acting since he was 5, and has even won a BAFTA and been nominated for an Oscar for 1992’s Chaplin.

But as acclaimed as he was when he was younger and as successful as he has become in middle age, substance abuse very nearly derailed his career and his life.

His father, Robert Sr., was an actor and filmmaker who was also a drug addict. He allowed young Robert Jr. to use marijuana when he was just six years old.  Because his drug-seeking made him so emotionally unavailable, this was the way he connected with his son.

Robert Jr. would later recall, “When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how.” As a teenager and adult, he was arrested multiple times for drug charges involving marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack, and Valium. He was in and out of rehab.

In one very important way, Downey was lucky.  For his last arrest, he could have been facing several years in prison, but a recent change to California law said that his nonviolent offender status qualified him for probation and court-ordered drug rehab, instead.

Even after completing rehab, Downey had difficulty finding work, because his past made it problematic to insure him during production.  For his first post-rehab film role, good friend Mel Gibson paid Downey’s insurance bond out of his own pocket. For other roles, directors would withhold significant portions of Downey’s salary until production was wrapped. This was their safeguard against any problems involving substance abuse.

In 2007, Downey was cast as Iron Man, a role he has now played 10 times. Because of this success, he is now one of the highest-paid actors in the world.

In a 2004 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Downey said, “I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way, and you’ll get it, and you won’t take advantage of it. It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly-ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide to do it.”

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper: From Hung-Over to The Hangover

I would never be sitting here with you, no way, no chance, (if I hadn’t gotten sober).  I wouldn’t have been able to have access to myself or other people, or even been able to take in other people, if I hadn’t changed my life.  I never would have been able to have the relationships that I do. I never would have been able to take care of my father the way I did when he was sick.  So many things.”

~ Bradley Cooper

Sober since: 2004

Right now, Bradley Cooper is one of the hottest people in Hollywood. He’s won a Grammy, a BAFTA, and ben nominated for seven academy awards, including three for his 2018 directorial debut, A Star is Born.  In 2011, People named him the “Sexiest Man Alive”, and in 2015, Time placed him on their list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.

But early in his career, Cooper was addicted to alcohol and drugs, including painkillers.  For all of his future success, inside, he was insecure and anxious about living up to his potential.  He was so self-destructive that at a party, he deliberately smashed his head onto a concrete floor, to the point that he had to go to the hospital. In interviews, he’s admitted to wanting to kill himself because of the self-doubt he felt.

Before he gave up alcohol and drugs, Cooper had acted mainly on television and in a handful of films.  But soon after, he started realizing the potential that he was so worried about. His film career picked up, and in 2009, he had his breakthrough role in the adult comedy The Hangover.  His versatility as an actor allows him to play in comedies, dramas, romances, action films, and blockbusters such as the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies.

To date, he has been nominated for acting Oscars in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019. Not bad for someone who didn’t believe in himself.

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Elton John: From Coke Addict to Knighthood

“My passion and commitment to music opened up imaginable doors and took me to new heights in life. But once I hit the pinnacle, happiness became elusive and darkness crept in. I lost my own humanity in an excess of drugs, alcoholism, and eating disorders…The drugs turned me into a monster.”

~ Elton John

Sober since: 1990

Today, Sir Elton Hercules John is a musical legend. In a career spanning almost 60 years, John has won 5 Grammys, an Oscar, a Tony, a Golden Globe, and sold over 300 million records.

But in the 1970s and 1980s, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and other unhealthy behaviors came close to taking it all away.  He has revealed that he would turn blue from seizures after doing cocaine, only to snort even more when he regained consciousness.

It wasn’t until he met Ryan White, a young man battling AIDS, that John found the inspiration to get help. He says, “I had the luck to meet Ryan White and his family. I wanted to help them, but they ended up helping me much more. Ryan was the spark that helped me to recover from my addictions and start the AIDS foundation. Within six months I became sober, and clean…”

After White’s death, the now-sober singer established the Elton John AIDS Foundation. To date, his nonprofit organization has raised more than $400 million and supports HIV programs in 55 countries. John says his biggest regret was not getting help sooner, so he could have helped more people.

Anthony Hopkins: Advocate for AA

Sober since: 1975

The thing that REALLY got to me, the thing that woke me up was that I could have killed somebody. I didn’t care in the end whether I was going to die or not…I couldn’t care less. But I could have killed somebody. That was that deep shame…That total madness of really driving blindfolded, in a blackout. And I said to this fellow, “I’m an alcoholic and I need help.””

~ Anthony Hopkins, after realizing that he had driven during a drunken blackout

Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the world’s most respected actors. His nearly-60-year career has garnered him tremendous amounts of praise and awards—5 BAFTAS, two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar. His iconic roles include Methuselah, President Richard Nixon, Odin, and of course, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. For his contributions to the Arts, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1993.

But Hopkins’ father was an alcoholic, and he passed this demon on to his son. As a young man, Hopkins was part of a group of other hard-drinking British actors, like Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole. This wasn’t the best environment for someone who was already genetically-vulnerable to alcohol.

Hopkins would be in the pubs every night, downing pint after pint. Often, he would show up for rehearsals after not having slept the night before. He has admitted that there are films he doesn’t even remember doing because he was so drunk.

When his wife left him, partly because of his drinking, Hopkins hit rock bottom emotionally and drank almost non-stop.  He says he did not care if he lived or died. But what really got to him was the fact that while attending a party, he got so drunk that he drove while blacked-out, even abandoning his car in the street and forgetting about it.

The realization that he could have killed someone else shocked Hopkins so much that he attended his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting two days later.  He has credited the program with saving his life, saying, “I was hellbent on destruction. And I just asked for a little bit of help, and suddenly, pow. It was just like bingo.”

Significantly, all of his Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, three of his four BAFTAS, and his knighthood all came after he stopped drinking.

Jada Pinkett Smith: Drug Dealer to Power Player

“I had many addictions, of several kinds, to deal with my life issues, but today, at 42, I have my wisdom, my heart and my conscience as the only tools to overcome life’s inevitable obstacles.”

~ Jada Pinkett Smith in 2013

Sober since: 1997

Jada Pinkett Smith is somewhat of a renaissance woman—actress, musician, author, director, talk show host, and philanthropist.  She and her husband, Will Smith, are one of the most powerful and influential couples in Hollywood.

Raised by her heroin-addicted mother and her grandmother in a “drug-infested neighborhood” in Baltimore, Pinkett Smith admits that her upbringing was “more scary than confusing because you’re pretty much on your own”. While attending the Baltimore School for the Arts, Pinkett Smith says she was a drug dealer. As a young woman, she struggled with addictive issues of her home, including sex, excessive exercise, and alcohol.

In a 2010 interview, Pinkett Smith said, “I went through a time when there were lots of drugs and alcohol, and are really, I was on the brink of death.  And then Will scooped me up, brushed me off, and said, ‘There’s a diamond somewhere under here.’ I always knew there was something better for me out there, but the question was, did I want to take the journey to get it? When Will came along, I had a reason.”

Having her husband as a supportive partner has made a tremendous difference in her ability to stay sober, and her sobriety has helped her life and career. Since dealing with her addictions, Pinkett Smith has had her biggest acting roles, directed her first film, started a band and released an album, written a children’s book, and established a charity to help inner city youth.

Zac Efron: Teen Heartthrob to Grown-Up Movie Star

Sober since: 2013

I was drinking a lot, way too much.  It’s never one specific thing. I mean, you’re in your 20s, single, going through life in Hollywood, you know?  Everything is thrown at you.”

~ Zac Efron

Although he is only 31, Zac Efron has been on the public radar for most of his life.  He started acting in 2002, but his big break was 2006’s High School Musical, along with its sequels in 2007 and 2008.

Over the next few years, as he made the transition into more adult roles, he also succumbed to the temptations that come along with being a young, handsome, and unattached actor in Hollywood. But even while he was honing his craft, his personal problems started to overshadow his talent and ambition.

His recreational partying soon became a crutch. About that time, Efron says, “You spend a lot of time in your house going crazy, you know pretty soon you need a social lubricant … It was getting to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend, where I couldn’t wait to go out and sort of let loose and have fun. But then when Monday and Tuesday were too difficult to get through, then I was like, ‘Oh, this is bad.’ “

In 2013, he checked into rehab, reportedly for alcohol and cocaine abuse. When he completed the stint, he made changes in his life – ditching the constant clubbing scene, selling his home in Hollywood Hills, and even temporarily moving in with his brother.

Not surprisingly, some of Efron’s best roles have come since he cleaned up his act, including Neighbors, The Greatest Showman, and Dirty Grandpa.

Efron still attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and says sobriety is “one day at a time.  I’m in a good spot right now.  I feel great.”

Gerard Butler: Taking Back Control

Sober since: 2012

They really do rip you apart.  But it’s like spring cleaning, you know?  You get rid of a bunch of sh*t, realize a bunch more sh*t, and you make a plan…  When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f**ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it.  I’ve made a sh*tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I made some right ones as well.”

~ Gerard Butler

After originally studying to be a lawyer, Gerard Butler’s heavy drinking and partying cost him his job just one week before officially qualifying.  He moved to London but didn’t get his first professional acting job until he was 27.

This was right about the time he stopped drinking. He recalls, “I used to drink until I couldn’t remember anything. I was just mad for it and on a death wish. It was madness. One or two drinks was never enough for me. I was a foot-on-the-floor-all-the-way-drinker, so it had to go. I don’t miss it…as time goes on, you lose the urge and the insecurity that often makes people drink in the first place.” In late 2012, Butler said he hadn’t taken a drink in 15 years.

After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 30, he found steady work, eventually starring in such big budget productions as Phantom of the Opera and 300.

But while filming the movie Shattered in 2007, he sustained a back injury that left him in discomfort for years.  He injured himself again in 2010 while filming Coriolanus, and yet again while surfing for Chasing Mavericks. And that led to a painkiller dependence that worried him.

It would get bad, and I would take something. But I would always stop. I started taking more. And I started taking them very quickly.” So in 2012, Butler checked himself into a rehab program before it got to the point of full-blown addiction.

Because he took the proper steps to protect himself early on, Butler’s career hasn’t slowed down. Since successfully completing the treatment program, he has starred in 15 films, including three in his Olympus Has Fallen franchise.

Lynda Carter: The Original Wonder Woman

Sober since: 1998

“Alcoholism is an abyss [and] you are terrified of the addiction. You just can’t stop. The disease has taken over [and] it is not a matter of having willpower. It happened over a period of time. It’s not like methamphetamine or heroin, where you get hooked and that’s it. But … over a period of time you begin to crave it.”

~ Lynda Carter

For a generation of fans, she will ALWAYS be Wonder Woman. She played the iconic Amazon from 1975 to 1979, decades before the current explosion of superhero films. She has been a positive role model for literally millions of little girls around the world.

But her personal life wasn’t as idyllic as Paradise Island.

Carter admits to turning to alcohol to cope with the “emotional difficulties” of her first marriage, which ended in 1982. But her drinking escalated when she left Hollywood to support her second husband in Washington, D.C.  “I wasn’t really present for my two children, though my kids never saw me out of control,” she recalls “When I had a drink, I couldn’t stop. My liver doesn’t process alcohol until I’ve had three drinks. Then I’d fall off the cliff or under the table. It’s just devastating.”

Urged by her husband to seek treatment for the sake of their family, Carter checked into an alcohol rehab program and has been sober ever since. She’s resumed her acting career – 7 of her 9 film roles has come post-rehab. Currently, she’s back in the genre that made her famous, playing the President of the United States on Supergirl.

But Lynda Carter wants to inspire others who share her disease, saying “I’d like to take the stigma out of alcoholism…”

Russell Brand

Russell Brand: Addict Turned Activist

“The 12 Step program, which has saved my life, will change the life of anyone who embraces it. I have seen it work many times with people with addiction issues of every hue: drugs, sex, relationships, food, work, smoking, alcohol, technology, pornography, hoarding, gambling, everything. Because the instinct that drives the compulsion is universal…We are all on the addiction scale.”

~ Russell Brand

Sober since: 2002

For anyone who has seen Russell Brand perform, the word that comes to mind is “daft”. The eccentric Brand rambles on in a stream-of-consciousness singsong that touches on EVERYTHING – sex, fame, politics, relationships, and of course, drugs.

In fact, for a long time, drugs defined Brand’s life.  He had a traumatic childhood that included estrangement from his father, sexual abuse, his mother’s cancer diagnosis, and being sent off to live with relatives. By the time he was a teenager, he was using virtually any substance he could get his hands on – marijuana, LSD, Ecstasy, amphetamines, and his favorite, heroin.

Even when he started to have professional success as a young comic and TV personality, his erratic drug-fueled behaviors disrupted his life. After his girlfriend left him, Brand spiraled so far out of control that he even brought his drug dealer to his job at MTV.

Of course, he was fired.

He was arrested numerous times, and when he was picked up for using heroin in a bathroom at a Christmas party, his agent sent him to rehab. Brand was exposed to a 12-Step program that he still practices in every area of his life. Despite his sometimes-odd mannerisms, Brand has been sober ever since.

All of Brand’s major professional triumphs have come since he regained his sobriety, from 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall and its 2010 sequel,  to 2011’s Arthur, to voice-acting in Trolls in 2016.

But Brand’s social legacy may be even greater. As an activist, he focuses on the political system and on the global drug crisis. In 2017, he wrote Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, and in 2019, Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped.

He says, “It’s like I’ve been to a college of mental illness and now I’ve graduated. I want to help more people get into recovery. I want to help people become conscious of their addiction. I want to help people look at the world differently and pursue goals that are for their benefit and not to the benefit of other people.”

Jamie Lee

Jamie Lee Curtis: Choosing Sobriety

There’s no reason to lie about this. There’s been enough alcoholism in my family…I was scared drink was becoming important. It was not any big, earth-shattering thing, luckily. The point is that you can choose sobriety.”

~ Jamie Lee Curtis

Sober since: 1999

At 59, Jaime Lee Curtis exudes self-confidence. She established herself decades ago, not only as an award-winning film actress, but also as a humanitarian, inventor, blogger, and best-selling author. By the way, she’s also a baroness.

But she wasn’t always so together. Curtis is a recovering alcoholic, and she’s also battled a dependence on opioid painkillers. For her, it started as it does for so many other people – with a legitimate prescription from her doctor.

“I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop,” she says.

Curtis’ painkiller addiction lasted 5 years, and it got so bad that she even stole the medication that her sister had been prescribed for a broken arm.

In the end, there was no huge tragedy or rock bottom for Jamie Lee Curtis. She was motivated to get sober by more mundane reasons. She was getting into major blowout arguments with her daughter nearly every day. Curtis worried that her drug use and drinking was impairing her parenting ability, so she decided to quit.

Since regaining her sobriety, Curtis has acted in 17 films, including a return to the Halloween franchise. In fact, her 2018 film was the highest-grossing and best-reviewed entry in the series. She’s also written 9 children’s books and served in a leadership role for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Curtis says, “If you had to pinpoint one thing that will be important at the end of my life, it would be my sobriety… That’s the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”

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Brett Favre: Relapse and Recovery

When I got out, the toughest thing was the first three months, because I had to change my thought process.”

~ Sober since: 1998

Brett Favre was one of the most prolific, durable, and record-setting quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. At the end of his 20-year career, he held virtually ever major passing record. Some of his achievements are unlikely to ever be equaled, let alone surpassed.

But Favre had a risk-taking gunslinger mentality that he carried off the field, and it almost ended his Hall of Fame career a number of times:

  • 1990: After a day of fishing and drinking, 20-year-old Favre suffered life-threatening injuries when he flipped his vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole.
  • 1995: At the urging of both his manager and his wife, Favre checked into a treatment center to deal with an addiction to painkillers. He was there 28 days.
  • 1996: To avoid a $900,000 fine from the NFL, Favre again went to rehab for painkiller abuse. This time, he stayed for 72 days, but he refused to admit that he also had a drinking problem.
  • 1998: Favre checked into rehab again, this time for drinking. He completed a 28-day program.

This time, the lessons of recovery seem to have stuck, because Favre has maintained his sobriety ever since. The difference is Favre realized he had to change his way of thinking – his stubbornness, his sense of entitlement, and his way of coping.

Favre would go on to play 12 more NFL seasons, setting the record for consecutive starts. In 2009, his 19th year in the league, he set personal bests for Quarterback Rating and completion percentage.

Alec Baldwin

I got sober when I was just about to turn 27. And those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug user, as a daily drinker…to my misery, boy, that was a tough time.”

~ Alec Baldwin

Sober since: 1985

Alec Baldwin has done just about everything in his almost-40-year career. He’s been a leading man, a character actor, an author, and a game show host. His versatility has had him star in dramas, comedies, thrillers, blockbusters, and even a superhero film. He’s won two Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, and 7 Screen Actors Guild Awards, more than any male performer.

But such enduring success didn’t seem likely when Baldwin was a young man. By his own admission, he was enamored of alcohol and cocaine. In 1984, while a cast member of the popular nighttime drama Knots Landing, he overdosed and almost died. He wrote, “I have no idea what is happening…there’s a pop inside my chest…then I black out.”

Baldwin gave up drinking and taking drugs in February 1985, when he was 26 years old. He says one of the things he is most grateful for is that he “got it” and sobered up while he was still young, acknowledging that not everyone is so lucky.

All of his 80-plus film roles and all of his awards came in the years following his return to sobriety.

Stephen King: Monsters Inside

My wife, finally convinced that I wasn’t going to pull out of this ugly downward spiral on my own, stepped in…She organized an intervention group formed of family and friends…Tabby began by dumping a trashbag full of stuff from my office out on the rug: beer cans, cigarette butts, cocaine in gram bottles and cocaine in plastic baggies, coke spoons caked with snot and blood, Valium, Xanax, bottles of Robitussin cough syrup and NyQuil cold medicine, even bottles of mouthwash.”

~ Stephen King

Sober since: Late 1980s

Known as the “King of Horror”, Stephen  King is one of the world’s most successful authors. He has written 58 novels and approximately 200 short stories, and his books have sold over 350 million copies. So far, there have been over 80 adaptations of his work in TV and film.

But it seems as if much of the darkness that finds its way into his stories came from the man himself. He developed a severe drinking problem in the early 1970s, and it was so bad that he was drunk when he delivered the eulogy at his mother’s funeral.

During the 1980s, his drinking and drug use had worsened to the point that he now admits that he doesn’t even remember writing Cujo.

King only sought help and quit all alcohol and drug use after his wife Tabitha staged an intervention and informed him that he either had to check into a rehab program or leave their home. In 1991, his first post-rehab book, Needful Things, was published in 1991.

But as popular as King already was at that point, the majority of his works were written after he regained his sobriety, including 36 novels, 6 short story collections, and 3 non-fiction books. Since he got help, there have been over 60 adaptations of his work, including four films in 2019 alone.

Keith Urban: Hard Road to Recovery

I wish I’d gotten sober many years earlier than I did, but it is what it is. I knew I wasn’t at my full potential, and that’s what was starting to get to me. I was enslaved…I was living a very, very small life.”

~ Keith Urban

Sober since: 2006

Today, Keith Urban is a superstar who transcends country music. Yes, he’s had 18 #1 hits and won three Grammys, but he’s known to a wider audience as a judge on American Idol and a coach on the Australian version of The Voice. He’s been married to movie star Nicole Kidman since 2006, and they have two daughters. By any account, he lives a charmed life.

But substance abuse almost robbed him of his dreams of professional and personal success.

In 1990, 23-year-old Urban won a major TV contest called Star Maker and was a rising young star in Australia. After placing four hit singles on the Australian country charts, he moved to Nashville for even bigger opportunities.

For the next several years, Urban made a living doing session work, but couldn’t get an American record deal of his own. This played on his insecurities, and he coped with cocaine, Ecstasy, and alcohol. Looking back, Urban says, “The whole back end of the Nineties were just awful.”

In 1998, he checked into a Nashville drug treatment program.

In 1999, Urban released his first American album, and his career took off. The self-titled Keith Urban peaked at #17 on the US country charts, 2002’s Golden Road climbed to #2, and 2004’s Be Here reached #1. By the time he met Nicole Kidman in 2005, he was a bonafide country music superstar.

But Urban was still struggling inside.

In October 2006, less than four months after he and Kidman were married, Urban checked into a California rehab. He said, “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid that I have.”

Since regaining his sobriety, Urban has stayed busy and blessed, releasing six more studio albums – 5 reached #1, and the other peaked at #2. He won Grammys in 2008, 2010, and 2011, and in early 2019, he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. In 2011, he was a coach on Australia’s The Voice, and that lead to four seasons as a judge on American Idol.

Now 12 years sober, Urban gives the credit to his wife. Kidman had staged an intervention to compel him to seek treatment for his drinking. At that instant, he thought, “If I don’t choose this moment to do the right thing and do something that’s going to give me life, all of the things I’m scared of losing, I’m going to lose anyway.”

What Does All of This Mean to YOU?

From looking at the examples of these 15 people, we can see that the disease of addiction can strike ANYONE – young, old, black, white, male, or white. Success, talent, fame, and fortune offer no protection.

What DOES help?

Personal support. In several instances, someone close to the addict played a direct role in convincing or motivating the substance abuser to seek treatment. This saved their career, and more importantly, their life.

Specialized professional care. Most of these celebrities had help in regaining their sobriety. They realized that their addiction was beyond their control and that they couldn’t do it alone.

Finally, their post-rehab successes show that no matter how bad your addiction is, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. It is possible to overcome this disease and go on to do great things. That is the real promise of recovery.

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