Celebrities You May Not Have Known are in Recovery
Addiction can happen to anyone, and that includes celebrities. Despite a role in the public spotlight and a position as a global role model, it’s not uncommon at all for fame and fortune to give way to substance abuse. The drivers behind abuse are diverse; some celebs pick up a drug problem as a part of a party-heavy lifestyle, while others begin using to dull the pressures of maintaining a public image.
No matter the reason, thousands of prominent names have spent time in rehabilitation. Here are five celebrities in recovery you may not know about.
- Rob Lowe
He may have played a squeaky clean health food addict in Parks and Recreation, but Rob Lowe’s past tells a different story about the actor’s vices. A product of the Brat Pack in the 1980s, Lowe spent much of his early stardom abusing alcohol and cocaine. However, after attending rehabilitation in the early 1990s, Lowe straightened up his act and has been sober ever since. He frequently speaks out about his struggles with addiction, and even published a book about his journey called “Love Life.”
- Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato may have started as a Disney Channel star on shows like Sonny with a Chance and Camp Rock, but she didn’t stay innocent for long. Around age 18, Lovato started partying heavily, frequently abusing substances while on tour. After a physical altercation with a dancer, she entered rehabilitation for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse, later admitting that she used cocaine several times a day. She remains sober to this day, and tells her story to encourage other struggling teens to seek help.
- Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis first rose to fame in 1987 with the smash hit Halloween, and her career took off from there. With starring roles in Halloween II, The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train, it wasn’t long before Curtis became a household name. However, the pain of fame soon became too much to bear, leading to self-medication with painkillers and alcohol. She entered rehabilitation in 1993 and to this day claims that recovery is her greatest achievement.
- Matthew Perry
Friends superstar Matthew Perry is best known for his role as the beloved Chandler, an affable, witty professional with a penchant for one-liners. During filming, he began using alcohol and painkillers, a problem that caused his dramatic weight shifts throughout the show’s run. In 1997, he first attended rehabilitation for Vicodin addiction, and then returned in 2001 for opioid challenges. Today, he is happy and sober, and serves as a spokesperson for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
- Bradley Cooper
The Hollywood dreamboat known for roles in blockbusters like Wedding Crashers and The Hangover hasn’t always been so successful. Despite a great breakout role on Alias, a lack of character growth in the second season threw his career into doubt, leading to a cycle of abuse with drugs and alcohol that eventually contributed to thoughts of suicide. In 2004, Cooper sought help for his personal demons. He has been sober ever since, and believes that continued use would have ruined his life.
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