Sobriety in the Public Eye: Celebrities Who Are Open About Addiction

Some celebrities have seen constant media exposure and the rise of social media as an opportunity to become advocates for sobriety and addiction recovery. They talk out about their own addiction and how their choice to seek help changed—or saved—their lives. Here are a few celebrities who have overcome their addiction and spoken out.

Fame and stardom may look glamorous to outside observers, but celebrities lead lives filled with pressures just like millions of other people. Also like many other people, some celebrities turn to alcohol or drugs to escape the pressures of their everyday lives and develop life-threatening addictions.

Some celebrities have seen constant media exposure and the rise of social media as an opportunity to become advocates for sobriety and addiction recovery. They talk out about their own addiction and how their choice to seek help changed—or saved—their lives. Here are a few celebrities who have overcome their addiction and spoken out:

Bradley Cooper recently opened up to GQ magazine about his struggles with alcohol as well as his addiction to painkillers: “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.” Now 44, he has been sober since he was 29.

Lena Dunham celebrated 1 year of sobriety just this month. She proudly announced on Instagram: “I’ve done a lot of cool things in this life, but none has brought me the peace, joy and lasting connections than being part of a sober fellowship.”

Daniel Radcliffe revealed that he used alcohol to cope with his fame. The Harry Potter star has been sober since 2013 following a brief relapse.

Ben Affleck checked into rehab in 2001 and 2017 for help with alcoholism. He also went for treatment in 2018, completing a 40-day program.

Demi Lovato sought help from addiction after suffering a massive overdose in July 2018. Currently just a couple months shy of 1 year of sober living, she has become one of the more outspoken celebrities, sharing her struggles with fans and encouraging others to get help.

Celebrities are frequently presented as role models, whether they perceive themselves that way or not. Those listed above are only a few of a larger group of public figures who have used their celebrity to become champions in the cause of sobriety. They serve as examples for any person currently struggling with addiction that getting help is possible, and that they can emerge healthier and happier.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact Ridgeview Ranch (877-526-7706) or use our convenient contact form and take the first steps toward addiction recovery. Our trained and compassionate staff is dedicated to helping you achieve sobriety.

Traveling During Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a delicate process that relies on routine behavior. Traveling can be extremely stressful for recovering addicts because it disrupts that routine. But you can maintain sobriety by making preparations to avoid and relieve pressures that could trigger a relapse.

Addiction recovery is a delicate process that relies on routine behavior. Traveling can be extremely stressful for recovering addicts because it disrupts that routine. But you can maintain sobriety by making preparations to avoid and relieve pressures that could trigger a relapse.

Take Support Materials with You
If you’re traveling by airplane, train, or bus, you’ll spend a lot of time sitting and waiting. Use this time constructively by bringing recovery-related literature or audio resources. AA’s The Big Book is a popular choice, as it contains 12-step program information as well as inspirational recovery stories. An audio version is also available on a free app.

Seek Support Where You’re Going
While you’re going away from your usual support network, there should be reliable sources near your destination. Do a search for local support groups and their meeting times before departing and try to work them into your schedule. You can often participate in meetings remotely by phone or online if you can’t physically attend. Also, contact the local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous office and request names and phone numbers of other recovering addicts. Reaching out to them and sharing your experience can help you—both of you—avoid feeling lonely or isolated.

Keep in Touch with Your Home Network
It’s good to find support where you’re visiting, but it’s important to maintain contact with your network back home. A short phone call to check in or a brief text or email exchange can be a great reminder that while the people back home aren’t close by, they’re still available to you. Remember to include your AA or NA sponsor in your communications.

Stick to Your Routine When You Can
Keep as much of your usual daily regimen as possible, such as sleeping hours and mealtimes. If you have a favorite activity you can easily fit into your day—reading, walking, prayer, etc.—set aside time for it. Doing so can provide valuable relaxation.
Because you have an established routine and trusted support network at home, it’s vital to be able to maintain that routine and stay connected while traveling. Technology makes it easier to do that and also to connect to local support sources during your visit. Remember: you have options. Utilize them to minimize your risk of relapse.

If you have any questions or concerns about upcoming travel plans, don’t hesitate to Contact us today at 877-526-7706 or use our convenient contact form for advice on preparing yourself to ensure a stable trip.

The Vital Role of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery

The Vital Role of Nutrition in Addiction Recovery. It’s a given that nutrition, in general, is important, but it’s a critical factor in addiction recovery. Call Ridgeview Ranch at 877-526-7706 to learn more.

It’s a given that nutrition in general is important, but it’s a critical factor in addiction recovery. Substance use and addiction affects your body comparable to an unbalanced diet, taking a toll not only your weight but also on how your organs work, including your brain which influences how you think and feel. The recovery process can place high levels of physical and mental stress on an addict, so the benefits that come from proper nutrition make it extremely important to a successful recovery as well as preventing a relapse.

Physical Dietary Effects
Like addiction, the recovery process creates changes in the body that affect organ functions and metabolism. These changes can be directed toward a healthy physical recovery by eating foods that are low in fat, high in protein, and have complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The focus here is on avoiding “empty” calories. It’s also equally important to observe regular mealtimes so that your body develops a steady internal rhythm and flow not just for the intake and digestion of food, but also for the distribution of nutrients that follows eating as the food is broken down.

Mental Dietary Effects
A diet lacking in proper nutrition creates a deficiency in amino acids, the building blocks of life. One of their functions is the production of dopamine in the brain. A dopamine deficiency can lead to a wide range of problems, from fatigue and aches to mood swings and insomnia. Because nutrition affects the brain’s biochemical influences on our mental state, holistic addiction treatment centers are constantly looking for effective ways to utilize balanced nutrition to treat substance cravings, anxiety, and depression.

Nutrition’s Role in Our Mission
As a holistic addiction recovery facility, Ridgeview Ranch recognizes the vital importance of proper nutrition to every patient’s recovery. Physical, mental, and emotional health are linked and must be promoted simultaneously. This not only helps to realize a successful recovery, but also helps to ensure continued well-being afterward. In a way, we have two primary goals for our patients: guiding them through the journey toward recovery, and preparing them to walk the path of sobriety under their own power. Nutrition has an important role in both cases.

To learn more about Ridgeview Ranch’s holistic methodology to addiction recovery, including our approach to providing balanced nutrition in the recovery process, call us 877-526-7706 or use our convenient contact form with any questions.