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8 Celebrities Who Did Rehab Right

Posted by Myra Davis to Treatment

Sure, we watch them on TV, listen to them on the radio, and obsess over their love interests. But celebrities are people just like you and me, and they sometimes struggle with drug addiction. These eight celebrities realized they had a problem and made rehab a priority. I hope you learn from them and use their success as a springboard for seeking the help and recovery you need.

Robert Downey Jr.

1. Robert Downey Jr.

Years of cocaine and heroin addiction, in addition to jail time, pushed our favorite “Iron Man” into rehab in the early 2000s. He’s been clean since 2003, thanks to 12-step programs, martial arts, and family support. Before your addiction lands you in jail or worse, get help and embrace the treatment tools that help you stay clean.

2. Alice Cooper

Heavy metal music legend and drug addict Alice Cooper checked into rehab in the late ’70s to early ’80s. Since 1983, he’s been successful at staying clean and sober, in part because he fills his time with golf, religion, and work ventures. Follow his advice and find your passions, fill your free time, and pursue interests that help you maintain your recovery.

3. Drew Barrymore

Most of us know that genetics can factor into addiction. Actress Drew Barrymore understands this fact firsthand. She comes from a long line of addicts. Her own addiction started with alcohol at age nine, marijuana at 10, and cocaine at 12. She entered rehab for the first time as a 13-year-old, but she didn’t fully commit to recovery until after her second stint in rehab at age 15. She’s been clean ever since, and Barrymore is living proof that you’re never too young to get the help you need.

4. Matthew Perry

We loved him in Friends, but star Matthew Perry had an alcohol and prescription painkiller addiction. He checked himself into rehab in 1991. Then, he went to rehab again in 2001 to prevent relapse. We can admire his tenacity to get and stay clean as he inspires others to address their problems and ask for help.

5. Zac Efron

He burst onto the celebrity scene in Disney’s High School Musical series, but we didn’t hear about his addictions until months after his early 2013 stint in rehab. Today, Zac Efron is clean and ready to make lifestyle changes that support his recovery, including moving to a private home with his brother.

6. Gerard Butler

A 2007 back injury led Scottish actor Gerard Butler to take prescription painkillers. His pill-popping intensified when he experienced further injuries on movie sets. While he never reached full-blown addiction, he did check himself into rehab for three weeks in February 2012 and dedicated himself to recovery. His rehab experience exposed a bunch of junk in his life, and he advocates that other addicts, including you, should make time to deal with themselves.

7. “The Situation”

If you’ve watched Jersey Shore, you know Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. You probably also know that he struggled with an addiction to painkillers. When he couldn’t get out of bed in 2012, he realized he had a problem. He checked himself into rehab, got clean, and uses counseling and medication to fight his addiction. You can also have victory over your addiction when you embrace a treatment plan that works for you.

8. Fergie

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie started using Ecstasy as a teen and eventually became hooked on crystal meth. She credits her recovery, which occurred when she was in her 30s, to God, therapy, and an understanding of why she used drugs in the first place. Whether you’ve been an addict for a short time or decades, you can get help and achieve recovery.

Like celebrities, you are not immune to addiction. You don’t have to live as an addict, though. Enter rehab and get help today.

3 Comments

  • Amanda

    I think it is so important to see all these celebrities and what they had gone through. A life a sobriety can be hard but especially in Hollywood. I bet if you asked anyone of these celebrities if drugs were worth it or if they would do all over again, then they would say no. Drugs are not safe to dabble in or try recreational. If you continue at some point an addiction can and will occur. but luckily for these 8 celebrities they were able to get clean and stay clean. I noticed that most had a supportive group behind them. It reminds me of the help you can get at BDR. Because life if just that important!

  • Walter

    I think this is an amazing testimonial to something that I strongly agree with. Celebrities influence so much of our lives, from the way we dress to the music we listen to, to the types of lingo that we use in our day to day lives. It is also good to see that they are real people that struggle with these problems also. Sometimes it is sobering to see that they need help just the same. I was shocked to see that Drew Barrymore struggles with the addiction from such an early age. I can share reality with that. While I never did very hard drugs, I was addicted to alcohol at an early age as well (12). This is inspiring to see that she was able to recognize the need for help at such a young age. As for the others, some of the people I would not expect to see on the list, but it just goes to show you that you never know who will need the help to fight these battles.

  • Diane C

    It’s really good to see that these Celebrities are willing to talk about their addiction and what they went through, etc as they really do influence their fans. Fans have a tendency to want to do whatever they’re doing as if they are doing it, it must be OK. For these guys to be willing to let people know it was not OK and that the negative effects of their addiction almost caused them to lose their job and some of them, their lives, will have more of an impact on their fans than even friends and family sometimes. We really must support these guys and let them know that what they are doing is helpful.

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