There are many physical symptoms of addiction; symptoms that make diagnosing the disease rather easy. While physical symptoms will vary based on the individual and the type of substance being abused, the loved ones of an addict or alcoholic will tend to notice things like weight loss, weight gain, sleeplessness, and other obvious changes to appearance.
Some addicts and alcoholics, however, will hide their symptoms well – they will suffer in silence, doing everything they can to convince the outside world that “everything is fine.” In many cases, an inability to be open and honest about personal struggles goes hand-in-hand with shame. Because there is such a pervasive stigma surrounding addiction, those who are struggling may be afraid of judgment. Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence confirming the contrary, many still believe that addiction can be boiled down to a lack of will-power, or weak conviction.
While we now understand substance dependency to be a medically acknowledged disease, widespread misunderstanding prevents many from seeking the help they need. Fortunately, more and more celebrities have been opening up about their personal battles with addiction. Being able to relate to the celebrities they love and look up to has helped innumerable addicts and alcoholics ask for help. If you are struggling with addiction and feel alone in your battle – you aren’t! Take a look at these 8 sober celebrities for more confirmation. Everyone fights some sort of battle, and recovery is possible.
- Demi Lovato – Last July, the widely-loved celebrity vocalist was hospitalized for an apparent overdose, and has since celebrated one year sober. She entered into a rehabilitation program after the overdose occurred, and jumped right back into her program of recovery – one she had adhered to for several years before relapsing. Demi Lovato is a beautiful reminder of the perseverance and is proof that if we fall down, all we must do is stand right back up.
- Brad Pitt – Brad Pitt recently opened up about his sobriety during an interview with the New York Times, where he readily admitted that Alcoholics Anonymous was a “safe space” for him and that he had taken drinking as far as he possibly could. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” he stated. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
- Kelly Osbourne – Shortly after her friend Demi Lovato’s relapse, British celebrity singer-songwriter, Kelly Osbourne revealed that she had recently regained one year of sobriety after a recent relapse. She comes from a family of recovering addicts and alcoholics, yet she attributes her success in recovery to her loved ones, in large part. This just goes to show that familial wounds can be mended over time, with a little bit of patience, love, and hard work.
- Russell Brand – Russell Brand, a recovering heroin addict, has been utilizing the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous for numerous years. He is open and candid about his recovery and his personal struggles, hoping that speaking honestly about addiction will help lead others to the rooms. He admitted to actively doing drugs since the age of 19 and stated that he was addicted to heroin for four years. Long-term sobriety is possible, even for those who have been abusing substances since their teenage years.
- Daniel Radcliffe – One of the most known celebrity characters, Harry Potter has admitted to abusing alcohol in order to cope with fame – an issue that many well-known celebrities seem to face. He began drinking heavily in his late teens and wasn’t able to successfully stop drinking without professional intervention. He has noted that since beginning his journey of sobriety, his life has calmed down a lot – he noted that things feel less “chaotic,” and he is generally much, much happier.
- Colin Farrell – Farrell has referred to himself as a “garden-variety drunk,” one who has struggled with long-term sobriety for many years. Once, during an interview with GQ, he stated that during active addiction he didn’t necessarily want to die, but he definitely didn’t want to live. Nowadays, he doesn’t just want to live; he seems to have mastered the art. “I just live. I just live it without being poison the way I was poison for years.”
- Danny Trejo – There are few sober celebrity role models more solid than Danny Trejo, who recently celebrated 51 years of addiction recovery. “My life is just so beautiful since I took alcohol and drugs out of it,” Trejo commented during a recent interview. He has openly discussed the time he spent in prison, as well as the beautiful ways in which his life has changed since he began his personal journey of recovery. Nowadays, he brings a message of hope into prisons, hoping to spark the belief that change is possible in others like him.
- Bradley Cooper – Cooper first acknowledged his sobriety during a 2012 interview, stating that he had been sober since the age of 29. Since opening up, he has been extremely candid about his personal struggles, hoping that his words will encourage others who may be struggling to seek the help they deserve. Despite his celebrity fame, his words remain extremely relatable. “I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.'” He attributes all of his current success and happiness to his long-term sobriety.
Clearly, addiction does not discriminate; if you have been struggling with substance abuse, you are not alone. Recovery is possible, and we are available to help you along on your personal journey of sobriety. For more information, please feel free to call us today.