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.

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