The journey to recovery from substance abuse can be challenging, but some celebrities have added challenge of going through their struggles publicly. The failed efforts of some celebrities to get sober sometimes give the general public the impression that recovery doesn’t work. For instance, the story of Lindsay Lohan who was repeatedly in and out of rehab and struggling with addiction. Another example is the death Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who relapsed after achieving more than 20 years of sobriety.
Fortunately, some celebs do get sober and serve as inspirational examples that it is possible to achieve long-term sobriety form alcohol and drugs. They have found the light at the end of the tunnel by seeking help from a trusted addiction treatment center.
Here’s the list of some celebrities who have struggled addiction and attained their sobriety in spite of the hurdles of going through addiction recovery in the spotlight.
Bradley Cooper got sober at the age of 29 after realizing that he would sabotage his entire life if he continued to abuse alcohol and drugs. Now he is 39 and thankful for the ability to live in reality.
Edie Falco, who portrays Nurse Jackie, has been sober for over 20 years. She believes the world of drugs and partying is too dangerous, and backs the 12 step recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Russell Brand is very open about his recovery from drugs and alcohol and has been sober for over 10 years. He declares publicly that society needs to stop treating addicts as the worst people, but instead should support them as sick people who need care.
Robert Downey Jr. Even superheroes struggle with addiction. The Iron Man star struggled publicly for years with arrests for drug possession and trips back and forth to rehab before he was able to finally put down the substances and started leading a sober life back in 2001. He credits his recovery to his wife and his practice of yoga and kung-fu.
Matthew Perry knows what it’s like to have it all from when he was starring on the sitcom “Friends,” but at the same time he was secretly grappling with addiction to alcohol and drugs. He got sober and in effort to give back, opened his Malibu home to men who wanted to get sober. He named the sober living house the Perry House.
Jane Lynch, a comedy actress who portray as Sue Sylvester on Glee, has said that she turned to medicine after giving up drinking when she was 31 years old. Then she sought help from AA after a night of getting high. She got sober in 1991.
Elton John turned to use drugs to conceal the feelings of self-hatred. He survived an overdose in 1975 and a number of suicide attempts. The Grammy winning legend got sober in 1990 and has said that his recovery is the greatest achievement of his life.
Kristin Davis has been sober since she was 22, when she decided that her alcoholism was interfering with her acting goals.
Jamie Lee Curtis admitted she was addicted to painkillers after routine surgery and also self-confessed to drinking heavily during hard times in her life.
Alice Cooper was once known for periods of open drunkenness, but after numerous hospitalizations for heavy drinking, he got sober 32 years ago and hasn’t found it necessary to pick up a drink or use drugs since.
Roger Ebert used his blog to connect publicly about many matters, including his alcoholism. His hope was that if even one person read it was driven to get sober. He wrote as truthfully as he spoke before cancer took away his ability to speak.
Rob Lowe has celebrated 23 years of sobriety. He says his addictions were sex and alcohol and he credits rehab and her wife for helping him successfully battle his addictions.