Hollywood is riddled with tales of excess, abuse and addiction. Fortunately for some stars, there is a happy ending. In this entry we will discuss 5 prominent celebrities who have managed to combat their addictions, achieve sobriety, and revamp their careers for the better.
Before Angelina was known as the voluptuous humanitarian super mom we see today, she was known for wearing then husband Billy Bob Thorton’s blood around her neck, making out with her brother, and abusing an array of mind-altering substances. The starlet has admitted to using cocaine, heroin, LSD, ecstasy and other drugs in the past. These days, Mrs. Pitt enjoys the adoration of millions, both on and off the silver screen.
Robert Downey Jr.
The Iron Man star was an utter wreck before cleaning himself up in 2001. Following an arrest for drug possession, various rehabilitation stints, trespassing onto a neighbor’s property while under the influence, the actor chose to seek help for his affliction. Downey Jr. is now every mom’s celebrity fantasy.
The transition into adulthood can be a struggle for Hollywood child stars. Many battle with some type of substance abuse during adolescence. Though Barrymore’s E.T. role placed her on the fast track to stardom, the troubled actress was already in rehab by age 13. Clean, gorgeous, and happy, Barrymore now spends her time as an actress, CoverGirl model and director.
Though most people recognize Russell Brand as the wacky comedian from Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, this entertainer has a history of sex and heroin addiction. After getting caught with heroin at an annual Xmas party, Brand made the decision to seek professional help. The actor has remained sober since ’02.
Former American Idol judge, Steven Tyler is no stranger to “Living on the Edge”. The Grammy Award-Winning singer spent much of his early career in a tailspin of drug abuse, citing over $20 million in heroin and cocaine use throughout the years. After getting clean in the late 80’s and again in ’09, this rock and roll icon has taken hold of his addictions, and maintained his sobriety ever since.
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