Celebrities in Recovery
In popular culture, sobriety is often framed as boring or restrictive. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Just because someone is sober doesn’t mean they can’t have fun, live an exciting life, or be successful. In fact, there are many celebrities who are living proof that sobriety is cool.
Here are just a few examples:
Singer and actress Demi Lovato has been sober since 2018. Lovato has been vocal about her struggles with addiction and mental health, using her platform to help de-stigmatize these issues and encourage others to seek help. In 2020, she released a documentary called Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil, which chronicles her struggles with addiction and recovery. The film was widely praised for its honesty and openness, with some reviewers calling it “essential viewing.”
Actor Brad Pitt has been sober since 2020. Pitt has spoken candidly about his struggles with alcohol addiction, saying that he turned to drinking in order to cope with the stresses of fame. He credits his sobriety with helping him to become a better father and giving him “clarity” in his life.Pitt isn’t the only member of his family in recovery; his mother Jane also overcame alcoholism.
Actor and producer Drew Barrymore has been sober since 2004. Barrymore has spoken openly about her past struggles with addiction, saying that she first started drinking at age 9 and using cocaine at age 13. After hitting rock bottom in her early 20s, Barrymore got sober and has remained clean ever since. In recent years, she’s been outspoken about the need for more stigma-free conversation around addiction and recovery.
Robert Downey Jr.
Downey Jr.’s struggles with addiction are well-documented, but he’s been sober since 2003 and has since turned his life around. In an interview with Parade Magazine, Downey Jr. opened up about how his son helped him get sober. “It was really about me changing my life,” he said. “When your son comes into the world looking to you for answers and you’re such a mess yourself, it threatens your survival.” These days, Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars and has starred in some of the biggest movies of the past decade, including Iron Man and Avengers: Endgame. He’s also an active philanthropist and has used his platform to help others battling addiction.
Aniston has been open about her decision to stay away from alcohol, telling Harper’s Bazaar in 2018 that she gave up drinking “about 15 years ago.” In recent years, Aniston has become somewhat of a spokesperson for Living Proof, a haircare company that she is an investor in and creative director for. When asked why she decided to invest in the company, Aniston said it was because she wanted to use her platform to promote healthy living. “I don’t drink alcohol,” she said. “I don’t smoke weed…Living Proof has allowed me to talk about something close to my heart—which is health—in a way that feels authentic.”
Actor Bradley Cooper has been open about his battle with alcoholism. He started drinking when he was just a teenager and continued to drink heavily throughout his 20s. After realizing that his drinking was starting to affect his work, he sought treatment in 2006 and has been sober ever since. He has said that getting sober was the best decision he ever made.
Sobriety is often portrayed as dull or uninteresting, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! There are many celebrities who have chosen to live sober lifestyles, and they’re proof that you can still have fun and be successful without drugs or alcohol. If you’re struggling with addiction, know that you’re not alone—and there is help available. Reach out to a recovery center like Palm Beach Recovery Centers today to learn more about treatment options that can work for you. (561) 556-1480