Tabloids love to tell us about Star’s dirty secrets, addictions, and abuses, but many forget to mention that there are many celebrities who have been able overcome addictions as well. Their stories show true courage as they battle situations many would simply try to avoid. Statistics show how addiction is becoming a plague that affects a substantial percentage of the adolescent and adult population, especially in urban areas. Despite the grim reality, here are six celebrities who waged war against addiction and won the battle, giving hope to many more.
This seasoned actress has been able to overcome serious issues with drugs and alcohol and is now one of America’s most beloved stars. She recalls a very troubled childhood marked with recurrent drug and alcohol abuse. At the age of nine, she began smoking cigarettes and by the time she was twelve, she was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. At the age of thirteen, Drew started using cocaine. A year later she entered rehabilitation after a suicide attempt and has stayed sober for years.
This renown US singer has had a major struggles with alcohol and drugs for years. Her substance abuse incidents were a tabloid dream, as they publicized not only Britney’s addictions, but the custody battle for her children as well. She was ordered to undergo drug testing and not to use substances when around her children by a custody judge. The Grammy Awards Winner was fortunately able to overcome her addiction and has been clean ever since.
Demi Lovato made her start as a popular child actress on Disney, and publicly battled her addiction like so many other child stars. Stemming from a troubled childhood and adolescence, she had mental health issues in conjunction with her addictions. For years, Lovato suffered from untreated bipolar disorder, bulimia, and self-harm. She enrolled in rehab and has been healthy and sober for several years now and credits her time in rehab as a key to her long-term sobriety.
Angelina Jolie has had a long history with drugs and admits to doing heroin and cocaine, among others. Jolie has since said she is lucky not to have died from her drug use, and gave up this lifestyle to focus on humanitarian efforts. The award-winning actress is now a mother of six and leads a very healthy lifestyle.
R&B legend, Mary J. Blige has admitted to addiction, which she says stemmed from a childhood of sexual abuse and said she used drugs to escape the dark memories. The singer became motivated to get clean after fellow artist Whitney Houston died from drug and alcohol-related issues in 2011 and says she used her faith in God to become sober.
The rapper Eminem overcame a series of addictions to become one of the best-selling artists of all time. He admitted to prescription drug abuse of Ambien, valium, and Vicodin. He began using the drugs to help him sleep, and became hooked. In 2007, he overdosed on Methadone and was rushed to the hospital where he almost died. Eminem struggled with relapse on and off for years, until he finally got clean with the help of rehabilitation, exercise, and mentorship.
Overcoming addiction is no easy task, and from the rich and famous to the everyday man, there is hope. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you can do your part by staging a drug intervention or checking them into rehab. Contact a professional or service like Intervention Services Inc. and get answers to all your questions from how to tell if someone is addicted, to what is an intervention?, and how do you set one up?