Although people work to beat addiction every day in relative obscurity, it’s always newsworthy when a celebrity enters treatment for addiction to drugs or alcohol. It’s no surprise that celebrities are susceptible to addiction; with busy lifestyles, lots of money and friends that don’t necessarily have the best of interests at heart, celebrities can get away with a lot before being forced to face their issues and recover from addiction.
As is the case with all recovering addicts, those celebrities that are able to overcome their addictions must completely overhaul their lives in order to make sure they do not fall prey to addiction in the future.
Not all celebrities are successful in rehabilitating their addictions. Some require many stints in rehab, while others die before conquering their demons. Here are some examples of famous people who managed to win their battles with drug and alcohol addiction, setting a great example for those who struggle with their own personal battles.
Demi Lovato – Addiction Recovery in the Spotlight
The former Disney star has been remarkably open about her past struggles. In the prime of her acting career, Lovato went to rehab to receive treatment for drug and alcohol addiction as well as an eating disorder. She managed to successfully cut off all of the partiers and hangers-on in her life, dedicated herself to music and is now a bigger star than ever. Lovato continues to share the stories of her past, inspiring young people to stay strong and avoid addiction.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Perhaps the most famous rehabilitation success story of them all, Downey’s once promising career seemed to be at an end in the early 2000s after a string of drug-related arrests and failed rehab stints. He entered a 12-step rehab program in 2005, which proved to be the catalyst for turning his career around. Today, Downey is one of the world’s most well-known and successful actors, playing the lead roles in the Iron Man, Avengers and Sherlock Holmes movie franchises.
Hetfield, the singer and guitar player for Metallica, was so synonymous with alcohol addiction that his band was nicknamed Alcoholica. Despite selling millions of records and being considered one of the icons of heavy metal, Hetfield was forced to consider his future when his wife threatened to leave him along with their children. Hetfield halted the production of the St. Anger album to attend rehab and has remained sober ever since, helping to keep Metallica at the forefront of rock music.
Elton John has lived the sober life for so long that many people don’t even know he struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol for many years. From his early years in the 1970s until the early 1990s, John was a hard partier, abusing alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. When he befriended Ryan White, a teenager whose AIDS-caused death helped to publicize the dangers of the disease, John decided to turn his life around. After rehabilitation, he found his way back to the top of the charts and continues to tour the world each year.