5 Celebrities in Recovery for Drug Addiction

Posted by Sara Niemiec on Mar 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Read about epiphany moments experienced by today’s most famous celebrities in recovery that took them from addicts to sober champions. Ironically, these high-status influencers experienced the same obstacles as everyday people searching for answers, help, and positive transformation. Read 5 Celebrities in Recovery For Addiction and see which story inspires you to keep moving forward in your recovery.


Celebrities in Recovery For Addiction


1. Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie at a press event. She is one of the many celebrities in recovery.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Angelina Jolie 2 June 2014 (cropped)CC BY 2.0


Angelina Jolie has confessed to doing “just about every drug possible,” even admitting to using cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, and other drugs in a 1998 interview. During a 60 Minutes interview Jolie further stated, “I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous and I did the worst. For many reasons I shouldn’t be here. You think of those too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too far.”


2. Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Downey Jr on the red carpet. He is one of the many celebrities in recovery.Photo by Sgt. Michael Connors, Robert Downey, Jr. 2010, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons


On getting sober, Downey said during an interview: “When someone says, ‘I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?’ Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.” After jail time, bouts of depression, and a few half-hearted attempts at sobriety, Downey decided to dedicate himself to a full recovery,“I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you’ll get it and you won’t take advantage of it. It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide to do it.”



3. Adele


Adele at one of her concerts. She is one of the many celebrities in recovery.

marcen27 from Glasgow, UK, Adele - Live 2016, Glasgow SSE Hydro 03CC BY 2.0


“Hello” and “Chasing Pavements” singer, Adele said she used to be a massive drinker and heavy smoker. She used to “love to be drunk.” After the birth of her son she has been fully immersed in a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Adele lost a close friend to a heroin overdose which further pushed her away from chemical substances. She stated, “I’m scared of a lot of things now because I don’t want to die,” she said. “I want to be around for my kid.



4. Anthony Hopkins


Anthony Hopkins wearing a white hat. He is one of the many celebrities in recovery.Elena Torre from Viareggio, Italia (edited by User:Marco Bernardini), Anthony Hopkins-Tuscan Sun FestivalCC BY-SA 2.0


Hopkins told Live Magazine, “What made me stop drinking was not remembering where I’d been the night before. One day I just thought, ‘I’ve had enough of this’. It was simple. I didn’t want to go on feeling bad. I don’t miss drinking, not at all. I don’t want to ever go back there.” On the day he decided to stop drinking, Hopkins stated, “For me, giving it (alcohol) up was finding the airlock, the escape hatch. It all happened one Monday morning in 1975. It was as if a voice said, ‘Ready! Go!’ It was that clear, the voice of gold. The best part of myself, my subconscious, came to rescue me. I don’t know how. I had no religious connection or a connection to what I thought was God. And then that Monday: Boom. And it was over. It was like a great pilot light was lit. No explanation except, I guess, I was open, willing and ready. When I look back I think I was so lucky to get out of that one.”



5. Sir Elton John


Sir Elton John performing live. He is one of the many celebrities in recovery.

Ernst VikneElton John in Norway 2CC BY-SA 2.0


Sir Elton John spoke candidly about how addiction brought him out of his shell but also weighed him down: "I was just genuinely shy. I'd always been a shy kid. And when I happened, when my success started, I was incredibly confident on stage because that's where I loved to be, but offstage there was no balance. I was the same little kid that went onstage, but onstage I had all the bravado and the chutzpah necessary to do a great show, but there was no balance in my life. I always said cocaine was the drug that made me open up. I could talk to people. But then it became the drug that closed me down, because the last two weeks of my use of cocaine I spent in a room in London, using it and not coming out for two weeks. And it completely shut me down. So, it started out by making me talk to everyone and then ended up by me isolating myself alone with it, which is the end of the world, really."



Next Steps

Are you, like celebrities in recovery ready to get help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol?  There is a team of caring professionals that want to help you beat addiction at Landmark Recovery. You don’t have to suffer in silence, detox alone, or figure out how to stay sober by yourself. Call Landmark Recovery today.


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