While there are thousands of people who suffer through drug and alcohol addictions each and every day, it’s not very often that we hear about people who make it through these addictions and come out on the other side. Especially in Hollywood, it seems like we’re always hearing about people who succumb to their addictions and end up losing their lives. Luckily, there are quite a few celebrities who have battled with addiction and came off conqueror. So to help you find motivation to beat your own addiction, here are four celebrities who overcame drug addictions.
According to DrugAbuse.com, Drew Barrymore began using drugs when she was very, very young. After years of abuse and roller coasters of a life as a result of addiction, Barrymore ended up going to rehab twice. After these attempts at getting her life back in order, Barrymore has been able to rehabilitate not only her health and personal life, but has also found success in her career.
Robert Downey Jr.
After a very public battle with addiction, Robert Downey Jr. found himself not only with physical trouble resulting from his drug addiction but also legal trouble. DrugAbuse.com shares that after his arrests on drug-related charges and time spent in prison, Robert Downey Jr. was able to beat his habit that’s been going on since he was six-years-old and get back an amazing career and reputation.
With her family in the reality tv spotlight, Kelly Osbourne struggling with her own drug addiction. Everyday Health writes that her dependence on substances was fueled by her mother’s cancer diagnosis, making Kelly feel that she needed something to take her mind off the pain her family was going through. But luckily, after spending time in rehab, Osbourne started her road to recovery and began a very successful career.
According to Kelly Blakinger, a contributor to the New York Daily News, Elton John only started getting serious about kicking his drug habit after meeting a teenager who got HIV from an infected blood transfusion. After seeing the toll drug abuse can take on a person’s mind and body, John decided it was time for him to make a change in his life. And as Elton John is still a highly successful musician, we can see that recovering from drugs has had a great impact on this career and the longevity he’s been able to sustain.
Although many people enjoy the drama and show of a failing celebrity, it’s encouraging to see that even those who are steeped in a drug culture can work through their addiction and come out the other side with an even better life and more productive career for us to admire.