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. These celebrities who did rehab completed it the right way and have continued in recovery. I hope you learn from them and use their success as a springboard for seeking the help and recovery you need.
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.
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.
Let These Celebrities Who Did Rehab Right be an Inspiration to You
Like celebrities, you are not immune to addiction. You don’t have to live as an addict, though. Enter rehab and get help today. Let these celebrities who did rehab be an inspiration to you or your loved one.