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Celebrating Celebrity Alcohol Recovery Stories
Celebrities influence media and fans, but are exposed with unique stressors of fame, As a result, some turn to drugs and alcohol to nurse insecurities an anxieties this lifestyle causes. Below are inspiring stories of 10 individuals who have committed to a life of sobriety and are now celebrating their own celebrity alcohol recovery stories.
Russell Brand is a combination of a natural comedian, spiritual enthusiast, and natural charmer. His stories of drug and alcohol abuse are detailed in several of his interviews and have inspired many to seek recovery. Similarly, he has discussed his struggle with alcohol abuse starting in childhood, linking an emotional void of emptiness to blame. As a result of proactively seeking sobriety, Brand has maintained his sobriety for nearly 15 years. Lastly, Brand has written a book covering the topic of different types of addiction.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Actress and wife of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith discussed her addictions in various forms. Pinkett Smith has disclosed her struggles with binge drinking. Reflecting on the connection between growing up with a parent abusing heroin, Pinkett Smith used alcohol to cope with spiritual and emotional changes of hitting rock bottom. She decided to stop drinking cold turkey, and as a result, celebrates 20 years of sobriety.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Actor Robert Downey Jr.’s recovery story is a highly inspirational testimony of transformation. At 6 years old, Downey tried marijuana for the first time. He began to access drugs with his father, later experimenting with other drugs and increasing his use. By his teens and early adulthood, he was drinking alcohol and actively seeking drugs.
Downey’s substance abuse cost him acting roles, and he was arrested and jailed due to speeding and drug possession. Consequently, friends and co-workers urged him to take control of his life by attending rehab. He later slowly regained and maintained long-term sobriety, and has been sober for several years and practices martial and meditation to support his wellness journey.
Shia LeBeouf suffered a nervous breakdown a few years ago. After years of career success, Shia reinvented his image, finding the transformation a stressful experience. Consequently, he behaved in bizarre ways and was even jailed. LeBeouf experienced disillusionment with acting and later drank heavily to offset the stress. As a result, he chose to stop drinking and using drugs after going to rehab.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Golden Globe winner Jamie Lee Curtis began her opioid abuse disorder after the death of her brother. Beginning with painkillers, Curtis also noticed her parents has trouble battling substance abuse disorders. After overcoming her struggles with substance abuse for 13 years, the noteworthy actress spreads awareness about substance abuse disorders, including alcoholism.
Actor and producer Bradley Cooper struggled with depression, and partially as a result, with alcohol abuse. He previously lived a life of sobriety but drank to combat his depression. The Silver Linings Playbook star aimed to take control of his alcohol use disorder after seeing how it impacted his career. Cooper thus committed to seeking a sober life of recovery, remaining sober for 11 years.
Singer Demi Lovato has openly discussed her challenges with substance abuse, recently experiencing an overdose. Lovato fought her substance use disorders, remaining sober for 6 years in March of 2018. Since her relapse in 2018, she has remained alcohol-free for 90 days. Above all, Lovato will stay in rehab until the end of 2018.
Colin Farrell has been sober for 12 years. The Irish actor struggled with alcohol abuse for years, before realizing how his actions impacted others. After 12 years of sobriety, Farrell remains dedicated to staying clean. Although he didn’t suffer a relapse, he recently checked into rehab to maintain sobriety as a preventive measure.
Lindsay Lohan faced much personal trauma and expressed it through her music. Perhaps a cry for help, Lohan began drinking large amounts of alcohol, and was therefore arrested for alcohol-related crimes. Lohan’s drinking contributed to 6 arrests, and 6 trips to rehab. Sober coaches helped Lohan maintain her sober status.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe was exposed to the pressure of fame at a young age. Interviews mention Radcliff’s secrecy with drinking, later spiraling into a concerning habit. He would blackout when he drank alcohol, drinking at home alone. Unfortunately, he would be intoxicated on set, drinking before shooting scenes. Realizing the problem, Radcliffe decided to stop drinking, thus remaining alcohol-free for 3 years.
Author — Last Edited: December 3, 2018
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