During your recovery journey, there may be some moments where you aren’t so motivated. And, that’s okay. You’re not always going to feel your best. But, you can’t let a few low moments rob you of the massive joy that recovery can bring to your life. So, when you are feeling less-than-motivated, find some inspiration! A great way to get inspired about recovery is to learn from others who have been where you are. Celebrity life comes with massive amounts of money and attention from every passerby. But, it also comes with its fair share of temptation. For many celebrities, the steady use of drugs or alcohol that is around every corner eventually transforms into dependency and addiction. But, fortunately, many of these celebrities have gotten the help they needed to walk on the path of recovery. And, stories about celebrities in recovery can help to inspire you to keep working on your own recovery. After all, if they can do it so can you!
One of the most influential rock artists of all time, Steven Tyler, lead singer of the numerous award-winning band, Aerosmith, has been sober since 2009. According to an interview with The Fix, Tyler states, “My sobriety cost me nothing less than everything. It’s serious when you lose your kids, your wife, your band, your job…and you’ll never understand why, because you’re an addict.” In the 80’s, Tyler struggled with using large amounts of cocaine and alcohol. But, after many attempts at rehabilitation, he finally cleaned up. Following 12 years of sobriety, Tyler relapsed after surgery due to pain pill prescriptions. After three years of doctor shopping and pill popping, he re-entered treatment. Now, he routinely opens up about his gratefulness to be in recovery and how staying in the realm of recovery support helps him tackle each day sober.
Travis Barker of Blink 182
Iconic prodigy drummer of the world famous punk rock band Blink 182, Travis Barker struggled with prescription abuse since the early 2000’s. With years of abuse under his belt, nothing got better after he was a victim of a plane crash in 2008. During recovery from severe burns which covered most of his body, Barker grew physically and psychologically dependent on morphine. Finally, in 2009, after battling severe depression and PTSD, Barker finally found the strength to recover. Now, Barker continues touring with Blink 182 and shares his story of recovery by doing what he does best–drumming to punk classics.
Since her cinematic debut at 19 years old, Jamie Lee Curtis has been on the big screen dozens of times. But, what her biggest fans didn’t know was that she was struggling with an opioid addiction. With alcoholic parents and a brother who died of a drug overdose at only 20 years of age, Curtis was never a stranger to drug abuse. According to an interview with The Huffington Post, Curtis states, “I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with painkillers. Kill it. Make it stop.” Now, 18 years sober and an advocate for the opioid epidemic, Curtis shares her story freely in hopes to share inspiration on her greatest achievement–sobriety.
Demi Lovato, from Child Star to Famous Performer/Actor
Since she was 7 and starred on “Barney and Friends”, Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight. But, with a childhood of fame and fortune along with concurring mental health issues including bipolar disorder and an eating disorder, Lovato turned to drugs for solace. But, at the ripe and young age of 18, she hit rock bottom and was admitted into a rehabilitation facility. She reports, “”I lived fast and I was going to die young…I didn’t think I would make it to 21”, according to E News. Currently, the actor, singer, and songwriter has 5 years clean and sober under her belt.
Getting Inspired to Live Sober from Celebrities in Recovery
Celebrities in recovery didn’t get where they are without the help and support of the recovery community. If you’ve been inspired by these celebrities in recovery and would like to beat addiction in your own life, help is available to you. Remember, if these celebrities in recovery can remain sober amongst the undoubtedly massive amounts of temptations which surround them, you can too!