ARTICLES, DRUG ABUSE & EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL. REHABILITATION
5 Celebrities That Overcame Addiction & Mental Health Issues
The singer/actress made her first appearance in November 2016 since checking into a rehabilitation facility for treatment of her anxiety and depression. She is a long-term sufferer of Lupus and has always encouraged her fans to seek treatment for their own health issues.
“I wish more people would talk about therapy. We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back, the girl who’s down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”
The son of Sean Penn opened up about his struggles with a meth addiction.
When he was 14 his parents got a divorce, and it was really hard on Hopper and his sister. He began splitting his time between his parents’ houses and eventually ended living in Los Angeles full-time. After living there for only a month, Hopper was injured in a skateboarding accident and underwent brain surgery.
Things went downhill after that.
He began hanging out with the ‘wrong’ kinds of people and began experimenting with drugs. “I was doing a lot of stuff but meth was the main one that brought me down,” he said.
Hopper credits his dad with saving him. His dad gave him an ultimatum: “rehab? Or bus bench?”
“Thank God I got out of that because that was the worst time in my life. Because it’s not fun when it gets to a point where you just need it.”
This actress has had a very successful career. However, it hasn’t always been easy. On her journey to the top, Katey struggled with a drug and alcohol addiction that started when she was just a kid growing up in Los Angeles.
She grew up surrounded by the entertainment industry, which introduced her to her addiction. Her mother, as well as her friend’s parents, struggled with drug abuse. “I thought everyone’s mom took a lot of pills.”
Katey began her career in the early 1970’s doing backup vocals for numerous pop-rock acts – including Olivia Newton-John and Tanya Tucker. She did not, however, have much success with her own efforts. She blames it partly on her addiction issues, and partly on her family turmoil. “I was a mess,” she said. “I had a lot of shit that I just didn’t deal with. Or that I dealt with it by drinking myself into a stupor.”
Katey found sobriety at 30 and has stated numerous times that she is glad that she can use her stardom to be a positive example for others who are struggling.
While we all may struggle with doubting ourselves sometimes, Ellie Goulding suffered from self-doubt that intensified to severe anxiety. She endured crippling anxiety attacks that could be triggered by just about anything.
When her career started taking off in 2010, Ellie was really excited but it is also what triggered her anxiety. It was a lot to handle.
“I think part of what sparked my panic attacks was not feeling confident enough to believe in myself—I was scared I wasn’t as good of a singer as everyone thought I was,” she said. “And as the stakes grew, I was afraid of letting everyone, including myself, down.”
One thing she found to help her anxiety was exercise. While she still struggles with anxiety, she now knows how to handle it. Ellie handles her anxiety with exercise; but it is important to note that if you can’t find something to help on your own, there is no shame in asking for help.
The actor recently revealed that he just completed a time in rehab for an alcohol addiction.
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be,” Said Ben.
Ben’s father was an alcoholic, and the actor has been very open about his life growing up with a parent who struggles with an addiction. “It was a little scary and trying, but then he got sober when I was twentysomething, and he’s been sober ever since.”
Affleck’s struggle with addiction has been very hard on his home-life. In 2015 he and his wife Jennifer Garner announced their plans for divorce. Since then, the actress has called off the divorce and the two are trying to make it work.
“I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery,” the actor wrote in a statement on Facebook.