“There’s only four answers if you get really, really strung out—you die, or you go into a mental institution, or you go to prison, or you quit." - The Observer
Tim McGraw is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in country music, and in the music industry in general. He has recorded and released over a dozen albums and sold millions and millions of records worldwide. Despite his fame and success, McGraw still struggled with issues related to alcohol. While it started as a simple way to calm his nerves on stage it eventually spiraled into something that scared him.
Brad Pitt is hard to avoid. He has starred and been featured in a number of movies during his time in Hollywood, including everything from romances, to cult classics, to crime thrillers, to dramas. His performances have garnered him numerous awards and nominations. As of 2019, Pitt has been nominated for 148 acting awards and won 61, including an Academy Award and multiple Golden Globe Awards.
Brett Favre is a 20-year veteran of the NFL and played for four teams during his career. Favre was the first NFL quarterback to pass for 500 touchdowns, throw for 70,000 yards, complete 6,000 passes and attempt 10,000 passes. He is a Superbowl champion and when he ended his career he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and quarterback wins. But before he could accomplish these feats, Favre had to conquer one of his most difficult problems: addiction.
Hip-hop legend Eminem recently celebrated a sober milestone on social media by sharing his 11 year medallion. The medallion, a chip given out by Alcoholics Anonymous, is meant to signify the anniversary of the rapper's decision to get sober and stay committed to his recovery after struggling for so many years.
The star has been open about his struggles with addiction to prescription painkillers and has spoken in-depth about what it took to get back on the path of wellness. Thankfully, Eminem lived to tell his story and now inspires others to overcome their demons. To understand the story of Eminem, we must start with the story of Marshall Mathers.
"Yeah, it's been a ride
I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one
Now some of you might still be in that place
If you're tryin' to get out, just follow me
I'll get you there."
Before his cold-eyed and swaggering appearance in 1994’s Pulp Fiction, Samuel Jackson was a 44-year-old stage actor in New York. Well regarded in local theater circles, Jackson took up multiple important roles in August Wilson plays that never materialized into Broadway. Despite his early successes however, the actor struggled with addiction to substances such as alcohol and crack cocaine.
If you don’t know John Mayer by name, chances are you’ve probably heard a few of his songs on the radio. Mayer has had a number of hit radio songs including “Daughters”, “Waiting on the World to Change”, and “Gravity”. He is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist and has released seven studio albums during his career, he has also worked with a number of other artists including Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and the Grateful Dead.
Throughout his 17-year career in the 1980s and 1990s, baseball legend Darryl Strawberry won Rookie of the Year, was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top ten in Most Valuable Player voting four times. Strawberry is a four-time World Series champion and was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.
Sir Elton John is one of the most famous and influential artists over the past few decades. During his career, the singer and pianist has released 30 albums as well as four live albums, 3 EPs, and 7 movie soundtracks. Since his first tour in 1970, Elton John has played over 4000 performances in more than 80 countries. Throughout his life, the artist has sold over 300 million records.
Throughout his musical career, Nine Inch Nails founder and leader, Trent Reznor, has seen his fair share of ups and downs. Reznor has released nine albums under the Nine Inch Nails monniker, won two Grammy awards, and has even scored a number of movies including The Social Network which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for. Despite the success that he has seen over the past thirty years, Reznor had to go through hell and face him demons to become comfortable with himself and the fame he has received.