The list of celebrities who have found sobriety is extensive and nearly impossible to mention everyone. The ones we will discuss today are just a small portion of the entire community of famous recovering people. Others who have found a better way of living include, Jamie Lee Curtis, Robert Downey Jr., Eminem, Rob Lowe, Travis Barker, Pink, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Steven Tyler, Zac Efron, and most recently, Brad Pitt. Their stories are all equally inspiring and truly demonstrate how hope is still alive, in what is seemingly a hopeless disease.
Here are several who have battled with addiction and have come out on the other side.
In his autobiography, Eric Clapton says that in the 70s he spent an estimated $16,000 a week on heroin. After kicking his heroin addiction, he moved on to alcohol and cocaine. “The thing about that kind of addiction that’s pretty funny, on reflection, is that I always thought, ‘I’m handling this. I can handle it. I can stop anytime. I just don’t want to stop right now,'” he says of that period in his life. Thankfully he saw the need to get help and has been sober for almost 30 years.
In an interview in 2002, Bowie spoke of his past cocaine addiction. “I’d found a soulmate in this drug,” he said. His music and personal relationships suffered as he centered his world on drugs, sometimes even delaying recording sessions in order to wait for his dealer to arrive. He bordered on cocaine psychosis and immersed himself in the occult all while becoming increasingly unstable. At the age of 28 he attempted suicide, and after overdosing several times made the decision to leave the drugs behind. With the support of his assistant, he decided to leave Los Angeles and moved to Switzerland to start a new, sober life.
Sir Elton John
Elton John’s illustrious career has spanned over fifty years and earned him numerous awards, including an Oscar. His drug of choice early in his career was cocaine, and he describes his first experience with it as a “revelation”. After a friend, Ryan White contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and died, he made the decision to get sober. He said to NPR in 2012, “When I knew Ryan, I knew that my life was out of whack. I knew that I had to change. And after he died, I realized that I only had two choices: I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or, ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around. Ridiculous for a human being to take 16 years to say, ‘I need help.”
Metallica front man James Hetfield spoke to Joe Rogan recently and told him that fear of losing his family motivated him to check into rehab 15 years ago. “Losing my family, that was the thing that scared me so much, that was the bottom I hit, that my family is going to go away because of my behaviors that I brought home from the road. I got kicked out of my house by my wife, I was living on my own somewhere, I did not want that.” He had been to therapy before but says that the only thing that worked for him was inpatient rehabilitation.
To say that her childhood was tumultuous would be an understatement. After finding fame as a young child in the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew’s parents divorced and her mother started bring her to Hollywood nightclubs about five nights a week. She started smoking cigarettes by the age of 9 and started drinking soon after. By the time she was thirteen, she was a self-proclaimed “party girl”, smoking marijuana and doing cocaine. Not long after this, she was checked into a mental institution but was released to work on the movie Far from Home. She stayed sober for 88 days before relapsing with cocaine. After that, she spiraled out of control before finally checking in to rehab again.
Known for her roles in the hit televisions shows The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, Falco is no stranger to addiction and recovery, and in the case of Nurse Jackie, she credits her past alcohol abuse and addiction as helping her to portray an addict accurately. “You lie and you cheat and you do whatever you need to do to get what you need. For the normal person, it’s impossible to understand. So it’s helped my performance.” She has now been sober for over 20 years.
The “Harry Potter” star has said that his excessive drinking led him to become a recluse of sorts, and after realizing that he didn’t like the person he became when drunk, made the decision to get sober. “I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person and it turned me into a rude bore. For a long time, people were saying to me, ‘We think you have a problem,’ but in the end, I had to come to the realization myself.”
The daughter of Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, Kelly has been open about her struggles with addiction and has been to rehab four times. She has seen her father relapse many times, yet still turned to drugs in order to deal with life after her mother was hospitalized with colon cancer. “”The only way I could even face my life was by opening that pill bottle, shaking out a few pills — or a handful– into my palm, and throwing them down my throat.” She and her father are both now sober.
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If you or someone you know and love is caught in the grips of addiction, you should know that you have the same opportunity as these celebrities had. Recovery and sobriety is possible for you, as long as you are willing to take the first step and reach out for help. For more than 40 years, Clearbrook Treatment Centers has been providing effective treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction. If you are tired of being a slave to your addiction, please contact our Admissions Specialists today and get on the road to recovery. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing how we can help.