It’s important to know that you are not alone in battling addiction and seeking recovery. It is for this reason that the celebrities below became candid about their personal struggles with alcoholism and addiction. Here, Recovery Care Partners lists celebrities who are in active recovery and want you to know about their story.
Russell Brand is one of the most candid celebrities about his problematic struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. His story is one of hope and complete change- he was arrested over a dozen times before finally accepting help. Ever since, he has been a beacon of hope- sponsoring men, using his platform to educate people on the disease of addiction, creating documentaries on the subject and even advocating for change on a governmental policy level. About addiction, Russel states, “The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
As the star of quite possibly the most popular book/movie franchise of all time, Daniel Radcliffe certainly encountered a lot of stress during his tenure in the Harry Potter series. This, he says, lead him to heavy drinking and frequent blackouts.
“There is something in any person who drinks in a way that’s clearly not good for them, something that is attracted to that chaos. I change when I’m drunk. I’m one of those people who changes,” he says about his drinking. He says he’s been much happier in the past five or so years since he realized he had a problem and stopped drinking.
Sir Elton John
The pop legend struggled for nearly two decades with a crippling cocaine addiction. It wasn’t until the death of Ryan White (an Indiana teen who became an advocate for AIDS before he died) that he decided to get help.
In a NPR interview in 2012 he said, “When I knew Ryan, I knew that my life was out of whack. I knew that I had to change. And after he died, I realized that I only had two choices: I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or, ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around. Ridiculous for a human being to take 16 years to say, ‘I need help.’”
The Barney star turned to Disney sensation used drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress of both fame and mental illness (Lovato has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder). During the height of her addiction, she states, she couldn’t go 30 minutes without doing cocaine. At 18, she went to rehab and though resistant at first, has been mostly sober since.
“I had all the help in the world, but I didn’t want it. When I hit that moment I was like, it’s no longer fun when you’re doing it alone,” she says about the moment she realized she had a problem with drugs and alcohol.