People love scandals and whenever a scandal is uncovered, it is usually about a celebrity and their addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some celebrities end up checking themselves in upscale sober living homes as damage control while others continuously go to rehab for publicity purposes.
However, there are some celebrities who are able to make their scandalous lives around and promote addiction or alcoholism recovery treatment to the public. These celebrities made a difference and helped make sober living for men and women a hip thing among their fans who have the same problems.
Here is a list of the top five celebrities who made it their lifelong pledge to eradicate the United States from drug addiction, substance abuse, and alcoholism.
Rappers Eminem and Macklemore
It is known in the entertainment industry that some musicians, albeit in secret, are battling with addiction or alcoholism or both. This scenario is similar to what Eminem and Macklemore have gone through in the past but due to their determination to live a clean life, they checked themselves in halfway house sober living facilities to help them get sober.
But both rappers didn’t stop there. Eminem made sure that the whole world learned about his struggles through his music while Macklemore wrote a song entitled “Starting Over” about his relapse and how he succumb the courage to get sober again. With young teenage boys as fans, these two are setting a good example in teaching them about the dangers of drugs and why it is important to seek professional help.
“Iron Man” Robert Downey, Jr.
When Robert Downey, Jr.’s son Indio accused of drug charges, he stood by him and supported his son by encouraging him to seek treatment and become sober. His son’s issue hit close to home as the actor was once a recovering addict but has maintained his sobriety after checking himself in a treatment center.
The “Iron Man” star knew that addiction is a disorder that may be passed genetically and while most people find it embarrassing, the actor made his guidance public to also encourage other parents who are suffering the same fate as his.
Child Star Drew Barrymore
Being “America’s Youngest Addict” might have been the turning point of actress Drew Barrymore. She admitted to doing drugs at 13, attempting suicide after checking in an addiction treatment center, and finally being sober. While she might have been a victim of unfortunate circumstance, as both her parents are addicts, Barrymore made sure that the world learns from her mistake.
Publishing “Little Girl Lost”, she shared her life story to her fans and while she claims that she still drinks occasionally, she states she maintains the balance by not going over her limit. As a matter of fact, People Magazine included her in their “Most Beautiful People” list because they are enamored by her courage and fight against addiction.
Comedian Matthew Perry
While Matthew Perry is well-known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit series FRIENDS, many are also aware of his addiction battle. Instead of keeping it a secret, he made it public to help others and show support to those who badly need it.
As a token of his lifelong determination to stop addiction, he even build a recovery home out of his own home to help others get the right and safe treatment for addiction and alcoholism.
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