People from all different walks of life battle addiction — whether they’re doctors, lawyers, students, stay-at-home moms, professional athletes or performers. And while some struggle in silence for many years, it’s important for them to know that they’re not alone.
The more we talk about addiction, the easier it is for people to find help, and many celebrities have decided to share their stories of addiction throughout the years. From Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey to Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, their experiences and openness have become an important part of the conversation. These celebrities and their honesty underlines the fact that addiction doesn’t discriminate, and struggling with addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a human experience that, in order to beat, one must first face head-on.
Click through our slideshow of celebrities who’ve struggled with drug and alcohol addictions — and don’t even be afraid to reach out for help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can get help by calling the Drug Addiction Hotline at 1-877-813-5721.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2015.
In 2016, Pitt split with Angelina Jolie, going down in a blaze with a reported fight on a private plane about Pitt’s drinking. After that, Pitt had enough. As he put it, “I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges.” The breakup marked the beginning of Pitt’s time in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Pitt detailed his experience with AA with a touch of wonder. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard,” he said. “It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself.”
Actor Dax Shepard talked famously about his addiction struggle to Playboy in 2012: “I just loved to get fucked up—drinking, cocaine, opiates, marijuana, diet pills, pain pills, everything. Mostly my love was Jack Daniel’s and cocaine.”
On a March 2019 episode of his podcast, Armchair Expert, Shepard talks about how his recovery is an ongoing process: “You’ve got to acknowledge you are an addict every day, first thing, right when you wake up,” he tells guest Gwyneth Paltrow. “I wrote a page in my journal every single morning because I had this thought that if I can’t commit 20 minutes to remember I’m an addict each morning, I’m going to end up blowing nine hours a day as an addict. I have to be able to say, minimally this is your commitment.”
Singer Demi Lovato has openly struggled with addiction since 2010, when she first entered rehab at the age of 18. At various points, the Disney star has returned to rehab facilities to treat an eating disorder, self-harm, and cocaine addiction.
After an August 2018 hospitalization for a drug overdose, Lovato released the following statement on Instagram: “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
In Lady Gaga’s 2010 biography, Lady Gaga: Just Dance, the singer reveals past struggles with addiction: primarily cocaine, but dabbling in other substances as well.
“My cocaine soundtrack was always The Cure. I would lock myself in my room and listen to ‘Never Enough’ on repeat while I did bags and bags of cocaine. It was about being an artist,” Just Dance reads. “I wasn’t a lazy addict. I would make demo tapes and send them around. At the time I didn’t think there was anything wrong with me, until my friends said, ‘Are you doing this alone?’ Um, yes. Me and my mirror.”
Alec Baldwin abused drugs and alcohol throughout his 20s, and he told the New York Post he referred to the worst times of his addiction as the "Sixth Sense phase. When you're dead but you don’t know it."
"I'm driving down the road, I'm having a drink," Baldwin recalled. "It's 4 o'clock; I'm supposed to have a drink. But one day I went, 'I don’t see anybody else in their car with a plastic takeout container filled with ice and wine. They're drinking coffee, they're drinking Diet Coke. They're not drinking wine.'"
He sought treatment when he was 27.
Wendy Williams recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about her struggle with a cocaine addiction.
"I was a functioning addict," she shared. "I would report to work on time and I walked in and all of my coworkers, and including my bosses, would know but instead of firing me, you see, I would grab my headphones and arrogantly walk into the studio and dare them [to] fire me because I was making ratings."
While Williams didn't reveal how long she's been sober, she did say, "it's a miracle I was able to stop."
Jamie Lee Curtis
"I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted," Jamie Lee Curtis wrote in a 2009 blog post for the Huffington Post. She also said her recovery was "the single greatest accomplishment" of her life.
Kelly Osbourne went to rehab three times before getting clean, and she admitted to People magazine that she was self-medicating daily with "whatever I could sniff or swallow to not be me."
"I had my tonsils taken out, and they gave me liquid Vicodin," she told People in 2009. "I found, when I take this, people like me. I'm having fun, I’m not getting picked on. It became a confidence thing."
Lisa Marie Presley
The 51-year-old daughter of Elvis has opened up about her opioid addiction in a 2019 book on America’s opioid crisis. “I was recovering after the  birth of my daughters, Vivienne and Finley, when a doctor prescribed me opioids for pain,” she shares. “It only took a short-term prescription of opioids in the hospital for me to feel the need to keep taking them.”
She credits her children with giving her the strength to get through recovery: “[I’m] grateful to be alive today,” she writes, “and to have four beautiful children who have given me a sense of purpose that has carried me through dark times.”
In a 2018 Complex interview, Mayer revealed he was two years sober. Here’s what informed his decision to quit drinking: “I have the most amazing last-night-of-my-life-drinking story. It was Drake’s 30th birthday party, and I made quite a fool of myself. It took me weeks to stop doing this every morning I woke up. And then I had a conversation with myself. I remember where I was. I was in my sixth day of the hangover. That’s how big the hangover was. I looked out the window and I went, ‘OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
Glee fans thought Cory Monteith had overcome his addiction to heroin, but he died of an overdose of the drug in 2013.
Two years prior, in 2011, he opened up about his struggle with addiction to Parade, saying, "I really got to know myself through a lot of that self-destruction. I had to go very deep into myself and rebuild a lot of what I had taken apart, and that process is strengthening, that process is grounding. That doesn't go away. That's the foundation this is all built on now, and I feel stable. I feel happy. I like myself. I love my job. It just so happens that I fell into doing something that I enjoy — the drums and the music and acting and all that stuff. I love it. I love it a lot."
In a 2018 interview with the Los Angeles Times, actor Russell Brand gets real about his addiction struggles: “I hit rock bottom in 2003 with an addiction to heroin, which had cost me a job at MTV, a radio show, friends and girlfriends. I’d been doing drugs since age 19 and was a heroin addict for four years.”
Brand credits a 12-step program with helping him get clean: “Sharing your story with another addict, as I did in my recovery, proved vital. Nothing I said to this other person was too boring or terrible or trivial to him. He related to me — and the disconnectedness that I had always felt lifted. And so did the need to take drugs.”
Melanie Griffith has been to rehab three times and once told an Australian magazine, via People, that she "did a lot of drinking and cocaine."
"I'm lucky to be alive," she said. "I was never as bad as some people I knew, shooting heroin and stuff. But I did do a lot of drinking and cocaine. I just thought I was having a good time."
Griffith underwent treatment for substance abuse in both 1998 and 2000. She readmitted herself into a rehab facility in 2009 to "reinforce her commitment to stay healthy."
Ben Affleck went to rehab in 2001 to combat his drinking issues, but he reportedly still battles alcohol and gambling addictions.
"I just wanted to stop," he told a reporter in 1998. "I started regretting some things I did when I was drunk. It's funny to be obnoxious or out of control, but then it's like, 'I think I hurt that person's feelings,' 'I made a fool of myself' or 'I didn't want to kiss that girl.' I have almost no inhibitions, so it's dangerous for me."
The queen of all media admitted during a 1995 broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show that she was dependent on crack cocaine during her early career.
"Oprah made a spontaneous admission to mothers battling drug addiction that she had also used drugs," said Deborah Johns, a spokeswoman for the show at the time. "Oprah's words on the show are the best expression of how she feels."
Lamar Odom's battle with crack cocaine and alcohol cost him his marriage to Khloé Kardashian.
"I was hiding it for a while, but then I got frustrated and was like, fuck it," he told Us Weekly in March 2017. "Around two years before we split up [in 2011], I was in the man cave she had made for me and she caught me. She was disappointed. So was I. The sad thing about it is, I don’t know if I was disappointed because I was actually doing the drug or because she caught me. She knew I was doing cocaine the whole time after that. It was my drug of choice. I’m not going to say she accepted it because that would be the wrong word. Tolerated would be a better word."
Real Housewife and former child star Kim Richards has very publicly battled issues with prescription medications.
"I know I've put a huge dent in the work that I've worked so hard to build over the past few years," she told Dr. Phil in 2015. "I just want to do the right thing and I want to be the strongest I can be. I know that me sober, I can handle almost anything."
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson reportedly struggled with addiction from around the age of 15, using LSD with castmates in his early theater days and ultimately developing a crack addiction that took him years to beat. He describes the story of how he got sober like this: “I guess I wanted to get caught. I ended up going to a party, drinking too much tequila and decided on the way home I needed to get cocaine and level myself out because I was drunk.”
Jackson passed out on the kitchen floor, where his wife and daughter found him. He went to rehab shortly thereafter, and says his true career began after he got sober: “For me, I have a direct correlation between getting sober and success because when I was in rehab, Spike Lee called (for 1991’s Jungle Fever),” Jackson recalls. “So as soon as that happened — when Jungle Fever happened — I started going to lunch in Hollywood.”
Prince's death in 2016 was ruled an accidental overdose. He was rumored to have had an addiction to painkillers.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. spent most of the '90s in and out of jail because of his addiction to controlled substances, but he overcame his issues and became one of the greatest comeback stories of all time.
"Job one is get out of that cave," Downey said in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2014. "A lot of people do get out but don’t change. So, the thing is to get out and recognize the significance of that aggressive denial of your fate, come through the crucible forged into a stronger metal. Or whatever.
"But I don't even know if that was my experience. It's funny: five years ago, I would've made it sound like I’m conscious of my own participation in seizing the similarities. But so many things have become less certain. I swear to God. I am not my story."
As of August 2019, actor Dylan McDermott is celebrating 35 years of sobriety. He celebrated the milestone on Instagram, reflecting on his journey in the caption.
“Today is my Sober Birthday. 35 years! Staying sober has been my greatest accomplishment,” the Lucifer actor writes. “I say that because I was able to show up for myself in every way possible. In the most turbulent and best of times I had the rock of the 12 steps to guide me. I was able to be a father, son, brother and friend. Proud of this day because many in my family including my birth mother and father struggled with addiction. It was brutal to witness. I’ve also seen many who didn’t make it and that truly breaks my heart. If you’re hurting please get help.”
After her infamous breakdown in 2007, Britney Spears' ex-bodyguard testified in a child custody hearing that he witnessed Spears "completely strung out" more than once, according to People magazine.
Nowadays, Spears is clean and living life to the fullest.
Heath Ledger's abuse of prescription medication led to his death in 2008. Toxicology reports said he died of acute intoxication from the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine.
A statement released at the time said, "While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."
Though many have speculated that Johnny Depp might be an alcoholic, the actor doesn't "have the physical need for the drug alcohol," he told Rolling Stone in 2013.
"No, it's more my medication, my self-medication over the years just to calm the circus," he said. "Once the circus kicks in, the festivities in the brain, it can be ruthless."
Robin Williams had a problem with alcohol and cocaine addiction in his early career and admittedly fought to stay sober the rest of his life.
"For that first week you lie to yourself, and tell yourself you can stop, and then your body kicks back and says, no, stop later," he told The Guardian in 2010. "And then it took about three years, and finally you do stop."
A toxicology report revealed that he was not under the influence of alcohol or any illicit drugs at the time of his death by suicide in 2014.
Rapper Eminem told Rolling Stone in 2011 that he overdosed on prescription medication in 2009 and had been abusing Vicodin and Valium for years before entering rehab and cleaning up.
"I was taking so many pills that I wasn't even taking them to get high anymore," he said. "I was taking them to feel normal. Not that I didn't get high. I just had to take a ridiculous amount. I want to say in a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium. And Vicodin… maybe 20, 30? I don't know. I was taking a lot of shit."
Stephanie Pratt, former star of The Hills, revealed in her new memoir Made in Reality that she started smoking crystal meth as a young teen and battled depression and an eating disorder on top of it.
"I was on the extreme level and addiction developed instantly," she wrote. "[I smoked] probably four times before school, then at snack… probably 12 or 13 times a day. I didn't care about anything. I could live or die, I didn't care. I had nothing to get out of bed for, nothing was exciting."
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman battled to stay sober for years, but he died in 2014 of an acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to the New York Medical Examiner's Office via CNN.
"From the beginning, Phil was very frank about his addictions," widow Mimi O'Donnell wrote for Vogue in 2017. "He told me about his period of heavy drinking and experimenting with heroin in his early 20s, and his first rehab at 22. He was in therapy and AA, and most of his friends were in the program. Being sober and a recovering addict was, along with acting and directing, very much the focus of his life. But he was aware that just because he was clean didn’t mean the addiction had gone away."
Drew Barrymore was exposed to the Hollywood party scene at a very young age and entered rehab for cocaine addiction when she was 14.
"Once I really asked myself, ‘What are you angry with?’ I dropped the anger," she told The Guardian in 2015. "If you search deep down in me, it’s like, why am I so angry, man? And it’s like, OK, 'cause my parents weren’t there, who gives a shit? Lots of people don’t have parents. They were gone, they couldn’t handle any of it, and I get it… My life was not normal. I was not a kid in school with normal circumstances. There was something very abnormal, and I needed some severe shift.”
Kristin Davis intentionally gave up alcohol in her early 20s because she felt it had become a problem and was interfering with her career.
"To the outside world, I was a good girl," she told The Guardian in 2002. "But I drank a lot, which was rebellious because my parents didn't drink at all. In the South, pretty much everybody drinks. There was always lots of alcohol, lots of access to alcohol, people sitting around every night with a mint julep, or whatever."
Amber Portwood opened up about her opiate addiction, saying that she was high during most of the filming of Teen Mom.
"I would stay up all day and all night taking drugs 24 hours, and then I would get so high that I'd forget that I took pills, and I'd take more," she revealed on MTV's Getting to Know You TV special in 2015. "A whole scrip would be gone in less than a week. That's 180 opiates."
It's no secret that Amy Winehouse privately battled substance abuse issues. In 2007, she was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose on heroin, ecstasy, ketamine and alcohol.
"Since I was 16, I’ve felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression," she told German magazine Stern in 2007.
It was determined that accidental alcohol poisoning caused her death in 2011.
Lindsay Lohan has entered rehab three times since 2010 to recover from alleged alcohol and cocaine abuse. She was also convicted twice of drunk driving and once for cocaine use, calling her arrests "totally irresponsible — a stupid mistake.""And from then on, the press were on me all the time," Lohan said on Piers Morgan Live in 2013. "It was the first time I'd taken drugs. I was out in a club with people I shouldn't have been with, and took cocaine, and got in the car. It was so stupid."
Zac Efron entered rehab in early 2013 for rumored alcohol and substance abuse.
"It's a never-ending struggle," the actor said of his issues with addiction, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014. "I was drinking a lot, way too much."
Of his workload, he said, "I had done films back-to-back-to-back. I was burnt out." The problem went deeper, too: "There was something lacking, some sort of hole that I couldn't really fill up. I was just so deep into my work, it was really the only thing I had."
Prompted by his six-year anniversary of getting clean and attorney general Jeff Sessions' memo on drug charges and sentences, Ethan Embry took to Twitter to speak about opiate addiction.
"Opiate OD is the leading cause of preventable death in America at 50k last year alone. It's a health crises not a criminal one Mr Sessions," Embry tweeted in May 2017.
"For decades we have told addicts that their behavior deserves punishment. That they should be locked away for their addictions," he continued. "All that accomplishes is multiplying the shame that us addicts experience. It forces us to hide our addictions until it’s too late for help. So many people have died because they were afraid and ashamed. This memo from Sessions does nothing to address that. It only makes it worse."
Embry also invited anyone battling addiction to send him a direct message on Twitter, and he would offer any advice he could to help lessen the pain of withdrawal.
"I was stuck in a cycle of running through a subutex script and smoking tar for about two straight years. 6 years ago today I started my kick," he tweeted. "If you are strung out on opiates and want to stop-but the fear of the kick is keeping you from it-I won't lie it fucking sucks… But unlike the cycle you are in right now, there is an end in sight. Find someone you can trust to walk you through it and get tough."
While in the group Wild Orchid, Fergie developed an addiction to ecstasy, which then turned into an addiction to crystal meth. The singer has stated that quitting meth was the hardest thing she has ever done.
"I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia," she told iNews in December 2017. "I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I'd just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny."
Nicole Richie admits that she abused heroin and cocaine before becoming a mom and a successful businesswoman.
"At 18, I had just been doing a lot of cocaine," she said on 20/20 in 2007. "I, again, made the decision for myself, this is something I have to do. I have to get off drugs. This isn't the life… this was heroin."
Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans has been arrested for possessing heroin and marijuana and has admitted to spending hundreds of dollars a day on her addictions.
"I think my low point was with my drug issue and the whole heroin thing," Evans told E! News in July 2017. "I almost overdosed and died. I was trying to run away from my problems and then I almost overdosed. God knows what might have happened. I might have been dead."
Daniel Radcliffe said he voluntarily gave up alcohol in 2010 because he recognized his drinking had gotten "unhealthy and damaging," according to The Guardian.
"I was living in constant fear of who I'd meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I'd stay in my apartment for days and drink alone," he told ShortList magazine in 2012. "I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn't me. I'm a fun, polite person, and it turned me into a rude bore."
After parting ways with Two and a Half Men, Sheen was reportedly spending $2,000 a day on cocaine, according to the Daily Mail.
"I woke up and decided, you know, I've been kicked around. I've been criticized. I've been like the 'Ah, shucks' guy with like this bitchin' rock star life. And I'm just finally going to completely embrace it, wrap both arms around it, and love it violently. And defend it violently through violent hatred," he told ABC News in 2011.
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino ended up in rehab in 2012 to try to get a handle on his prescription medication, drugs and alcohol addictions, according to People.
"When I had gotten out of Jersey Shore, I had a year to settle down and find out who I was, and I wasn’t in the best shape," Sorrentino said. "I had to rebuild myself inside and out."
"I'm a drug addict and alcoholic and fighting it every day," Steven Tyler told Billboard magazine in 2014, adding, "I express my joy all because of AA."
Anna Nicole Smith
Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, testified that he witnessed the model abuse methadone before her death in 2007.
"She said she was trying to cut down on the amounts but if she didn't take it, she could go into shock and she could possibly lose the baby," Birkhead said, claiming that she took the drug while pregnant with her daughter.
Billy Joel admitted to Howard Stern in 2014 that the song "Scandinavian Skies" is about doing heroin.
"This was back in the late '70s, I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said, 'Let me see what this is like,'" he said. "It got me so high I didn't know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you're into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick."
Elton John admitted in 2012 that if he hadn't kicked his cocaine habit in 1990, he believed he would be dead.
"By all rights I shouldn't be here today," he said at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. "I should be dead — 6 foot under in a wooden box. I should have contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in the 1990s, just like [Queen lead singer] Freddie Mercury, just like [actor] Rock Hudson. Every day I wonder, how did I survive?"
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has battled a decades-long addiction to drugs and alcohol, but he got serious about sobriety after relapsing again in 2013.
"It’s a rock and roll thing — you rock and you roll," he told Rolling Stone in 2017. "You take the good with the bad. When I was a crazy fucker, I’m lucky she didn’t walk out. Now I’m coming on five years clean and sober, and I’ve realized what a fucking idiot I was."
Family and friends thought socialite Peaches Geldof had gotten clean when she died of a heroin overdose in 2014.
"In retrospect, I think she thought the children would close the gap. But that just does not work. Heroin is a drug where you're trying to enforce something upon you that is greater than life. It's horrible, you're filling your body with something that killing you," her father, Thomas Cohen, said in 2017.
Whitney Houston publicly battled a cocaine addiction for much of her career, and when the official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in a bathtub in 2012, heart disease and cocaine use were listed as contributing factors.
In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, Houston admitted to taking drugs on a daily basis. "I had so much money and so much access to what I wanted," she said. "I didn't think about the singing part anymore. I was looking for my young womanhood."
Mel Gibson has had his share of legal troubles due to alcohol abuse. He said in an interview with Diane Sawyer in 2004 that he was drinking five pints of beer for breakfast during the filming of Lethal Weapon 2.
"Sometimes I used to drive inebriated," he said. "This is the height of careless stupidity, and when you think about that kind of insanity and that you — I look back at that now and I go, 'What was I thinking?' I was a wild boy and we grew up in the '60s and '70s, you know, wild times."
David Hasselhoff credits his daughters for saving his life from alcoholism. The actor got clean after his oldest daughter videotaped him while he was lying on a Las Vegas hotel room floor, trying to eat a cheeseburger.
"It is my responsibility to do the best I can and to take it one day at a time," he told Mirror in 2015. "But alcohol can become deadly. The scariest is when you go into a meeting and you're like, 'Where's Steve?' and they say, 'Oh, Steve died last night.'"
Stephen King battled alcohol addiction, but he has been sober since his family staged an intervention in the late '80s.
"When I look back, the thing that I remember is being at one of my son's Little League games with a can of beer in a paper bag, and the coach coming over to me and saying, 'If that's an alcoholic beverage, you're going to have to leave,'" he recalled to The Guardian in 2013. "That was where I said to myself, 'That's something I'll never be able to tell anybody else. I'll keep that one to myself.' I drew on that memory."
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox admitted to Howard Stern in 2013 that he had turned to alcohol to help him cope with his 1991 diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The actor said he attended therapy to get clarity and no longer uses alcohol to self-medicate.
"I used to drink to party, but then I was drinking alone… every day," he told Stern. "It was about a year of a knife fight in a closet, where I just didn't have my tools to deal with it. But then after that I went to therapy, and it all started to get really clear to me."
Diana Ross was admitted to a rehab facility in 2002, reportedly due to issues with alcohol and prescription drugs. She was arrested for DUI while she was still undergoing treatment.
Legendary singer Natalie Cole battled addiction in the 1990s, and in 2016, she died of heart failure caused by lung disease.
"There were other problems — exhaustion, the nodule on my throat, but also the drugs," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1985. "I was under the influence to the point… of not being able to function. The story is drugs — whether it's cocaine or alcohol — take control of your life. Everything is focused in that direction. You can't conduct business meetings correctly or even show up for them. Then, your self-respect is gone."
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland had a long drug-related rap sheet before he died of an accidental overdose in 2015.
"That's why I always had to do heroin with coke. Fuckin' do coke for a few hours straight until you're going out of your mind, the fucking demons are trying to smash through the mirror, and then after that, it's time to run down the hallway and get into the fucking bag as soon as you can, put that fuckin' needle in the arm and get that shit in you quick to… to slow the fuckin' world back down and close that fuckin' hole to the next dimension. Because once you open it, it's… you don't know what can come in," he told Rolling Stone in 2007.
Full House and Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin calls her life "amazing" after overcoming an addiction to meth.
"I speak about my experience growing up in the entertainment business, what my life was like after, some of the struggles and things I went through and where my life is today," she said. "It's a story with a message of second chances and turning things around and being able to overcome some adversity."
Leonard Nimoy admitted in a 2001 behind-the-scenes DVD that he had become an alcoholic while working on Star Trek and ended up in rehab in the late '80s.
"The minute we finished the last shot I would have a drink. Then it became a series of drinks, little by little. Before I knew it I was drinking more and more because my addictive personality was taking over," he told The Telegraph in 2001.
During her tenure as first lady from 1974 to 1977, Betty Ford raised awareness for addiction and went public with her long-running battle with alcoholism.
In an interview with Barbara Walters in 1977, Ford spoke on the difficulty of admitting she was an alcoholic, saying, "The word 'alcoholic' to me had a feeling — a meaning of being disheveled, drunk — all of those things, so how could I be an alcoholic?"
In 1978, she went into rehab after her family staged an intervention and, in 1982, she founded the famous Betty Ford Center for the treatment of chemical dependency.
Marilyn Monroe was a regular user of barbiturates and alcohol. Her death in 1962 was controversially ruled an accidental overdose.
"This must have been an accident," her press agent Pat Newcomb said at the time. "Marilyn was in perfect physical condition and was feeling great. We had made plans for today. We were going to the movies this afternoon."
Janis Joplin struggled with alcohol and substance abuse for most of her adult life. She died of an accidental heroin overdose in 1970 at the age of 27.
"We would get together and do heroin in these people's rooms and just kind of, not nod off or go to sleep, but have really nice, mellow conversations," Joplin's bandmate Sam Andrew said in the documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue.
Substance abuse cost Billie Holiday her successful jazz career and, ultimately, her life. The singer developed an addiction to alcohol and heroin after her mother died in 1945. She remained addicted for the rest of her life and died of alcohol and drug-related complications in 1959.
"Faults? Well, of course she drank too much," her pianist Mal Waldron said. "She wouldn't stop drinking and she never did really stick the dope habit. But Lady Day had an awful lot to forget."
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