When you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s common to feel like you’re alone. But nothing could be further from the truth. Drug abuse and addiction span all demographics. While the media often helps convey a stigma of lower-class people struggling with the throes of addiction, the truth is that many celebrities are no strangers to the issue. Hundreds of celebrities have grappled with different kinds of substance abuse and have successfully achieved sobriety.
While you may or may not look up to or admire celebrities, one thing is certain — their experience shows that you are not alone and beating addiction is possible. Here are five celebrities who faced addiction head-on and got sober:
1. Robert Downey Jr.
When it comes to addiction recovery, Robert Downey Jr. is one of the most prominent modern Hollywood success stories. Though he found early success as a young actor in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he soon fell victim to drug abuse and all but lost his career as a result. Downey Jr. underwent treatment and has been sober since 2003, which is also around the same time when he began rebuilding his connections in Hollywood. The actor began gaining prominent roles again in 2005, going on to achieve another massive resurgence of success in 2008 (when he starred in ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘Iron Man’). He maintained both his sobriety and his career throughout the 2010s, finishing off the decade as one of his industry’s highest-paid actors.
Rapper Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) has had his fair share of life struggles, as detailed in his numerous songs. But one of his biggest struggles came in the form of pill addiction in the early 2000s. In 2004, Eminem released what many considered to be his final album, then went on hiatus. It was during this time, however, that the star was entering into addiction treatment for prescription medication drug abuse. He has been fairly open in interviews about his experience and the issues that his addiction caused. Notably, he has also admitted to falling back into relapse shortly after entering recovery. Nevertheless, he managed to get sober and re-entered the music industry in 2009 to critical acclaim.
Interestingly, the rapper has also released two albums on his experience, aptly titled “Relapse” (2009) and “Recovery” (2010). “Recovery” was also the best-selling album in the world during the year of its release.
3. Jamie Lee Curtis
Though she has spoken openly about it, actress Jamie Lee Curtis’ battle with addiction is not very well publicized. Nevertheless, the acclaimed TV and film star became addicted to pain medication nearly 20 years ago after she underwent a cosmetic surgery procedure. The truth is that Curtis’ addiction is reminiscent of one of the most common forms of drug abuse in the United States today, with data from 2018 showing that around 128 people die each day from an opioid overdose.
Curtis has successfully completed addiction treatment and remains in recovery. She recently starred in the 2019 murder mystery, ‘Knives Out’. In 2011, the actress told the Huffington Post that her recovery from addiction “is the single greatest accomplishment” of her life and that she continues to work on maintaining it every day.
4. Stephen King
Many people already know that the prolific author struggled with addiction years ago. But what they may not know is just how serious his problem was. Following his early mainstream success in the 1970s, King began to gradually abuse more substances as part of his everyday routine. According to interviews and his memoir On Writing, King used a combination of cocaine, Valium, tobacco, Xanax, Nyquil, and marijuana on a daily basis. He also drank beer heavily, and reportedly has little memory of working on some of his literary works from the time due to his drug abuse. Nevertheless, things all came to a head in the late 1980s, when his family staged an intervention and helped him realize how serious his addictions had become. The author underwent treatment and has been in recovery ever since.
5. Demi Lovato
The pressures of the entertainment industry are often compared to other high-stress job industries. And for young stars, this stress can be even more intense. In the case of Demi Lovato, her struggles with substance abuse began early on both as a result of her teen stardom and her own familial ties. The pop singer’s father was reportedly both a drug addict and an alcoholic, and like many people, Lovato eventually found herself following suit. She first entered treatment in 2010 at the age of 18. While she did remain sober for a while afterward, she slipped back into drug use years later. In 2018, the singer made headlines for surviving an overdose and going back into treatment. She has reportedly been in recovery since then.
Lovato’s up-and-down addiction recovery story is something that many people can relate to. In 2018, she said that addiction “is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse is common and occurs in between 40 percent and 60 percent of cases. However, many people still get through relapse and continue on the path to addiction recovery and staying sober.
Seek Help Today
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and/or drug abuse, the time to get help is now. At Enlight Treatment Center, we offer a range of inpatient programs that deliver the intensive care people need to get through not just detox and withdrawal, but also years of temptation to come. We firmly believe that with the right care, sobriety is within reach for everyone. We invite you to give us a call or send us a message to learn more about our beautiful facility in Moorpark, CA and the kind of modern addiction recovery we offer.