20 Celebrities Who Overcame Addiction

Red carpets, exclusive parties, super cars and super models. The celebrity lifestyle is fast, glamorous, and incredibly dangerous — especially when you consider that those Hollywood mixers and backstage passes are often go hand in hand with open bars and a seemingly endless supply of pills and powders.

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We’ve all heard the tragic tales of talent that flew too close to the sun. Images of Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix come to mind. But that’s not what we’re discussing today.

Addiction is very real and incredibly difficult to overcome. But, with the right help, the right support system and determination, addiction can be beaten.

They came, they saw, they partied hard, and they lived to tell the tale. Here are 20 stories of 20 celebrities who battled addiction and came out on the winning side.

1. Robert Downey Jr.

The quick-witted Iron Man star wasn’t always a role model. Far from it. He rose to fame working the theatre circuit in the early ‘90s. However, he became infamous in 1996, when he was pulled over and arrested for speeding down Sunset Boulevard with cocaine, heroin and an unloaded .357 Magnum. Years of rehab, relapses and run-ins with the police followed.

Now? Downey Jr. has been clean for well over a decade. How did he do it? Yoga, meditation, martial arts, and a lot of professional guidance.

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2. Daniel Radcliffe

According to Daniel Radcliffe, even he had a difficult time seeing himself as anyone other than Harry Potter. To be fair, Radcliffe was cast as the teenage wizard at 10 years old. So, understandably, Daniel had an incredibly difficult time adjusting to life after Hogwarts. His solution? Alcohol.

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“I was living alone, and I think I was really freaked out… I drank a lot, as has been recorded,” said Radcliffe on Mark Maron’s popular “WTF” podcast. He credits the cultural differences of living in the United States and his strong relationships as a big reason for his sobriety.

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3. Jamie Lee Curtis

“I am one of the lucky ones …” – Jamie Lee Curtis

Following the tragic and untimely passing of Prince, actress Jamie Lee Curtis penned an incredibly personal blog detailing her own battle with prescription painkillers. Curtis was prescribed opiates by her doctor following a routine cosmetic surgical procedure. Pain killers are incredibly addictive, and pain killer addiction is incredibly common. Curtis, now sober for over 17 years, has made it her mission to educate the world on the dangers of prescription drugs.

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