They have struggled with addiction and how. Unrealistic demands about the way they look, public persona, work pressures and personal problems have been major contributing factors to their drug addiction and health issues. For most, rehab worked. Let’s look at celebs who took the rehab route and came back smiling, stronger than ever.
1. Rober Downey Jr.
The rise and fall and rise of Robert Downey Jr. is nothing short of a Hollywood blockbuster. While it was impressive to watch him turn a B-list comic book character into box office gold as the immensely loved Iron Man (aka Tony Stark), his life had been extremely tumultuous with substance abuse, legal hassles, and a broken home. His tryst with addiction began at 6. His dad, a prolific filmmaker, was responsible for starting his career as well as addiction. He gave Robert a small part to play in Pound when he was just 5 years old, but the addiction took a toll growing up.
As Robert said in an interview, “When my dad and I would do drugs together, it was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how.” His father giving him a joint had perhaps started as a joke which eventually turned into addiction that compelled him to try everything – weed, alcohol, and narcotics.
Success and addiction grew; and at one point he was making $7 million a year though a huge amount was being splurged on his drug habits. Once he was arrested for speeding when the cops realized he was naked and hallucinating, tossing imaginary rats at them. He got arrested on a few occasions and has served considerably long jail time. Robert has been sober since July 2003, thanks to friends, family and his rehab experience.
2. Demi Lovato
The pretty singer ended up in a rehab for an eating disorder, self harm tendencies and an overdose of oxycodone, laced with fentanyl. A #PrayforDemi hashtag followed, and Demi bounced back without much damage. Demi took to social media just a few days before Christmas to thank her fans. “I’m so blessed I get to take this time to be with family, relax, work on my mind, body and soul and come back when I’m ready. I have my fans to thank for that. I’m so grateful, truly. I love you guys so fucking much,” she said.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Not the one to mince her words, Lindsay – the Mean Girls star, admitted to consuming cocaine 10-15 times a day. Having spent over 250 days in the rehab center within a span of 6 years, here’s what she said on The Wendy Williams show.
Being in public, a lot of pressure was on a lot. I didn’t know how to have a private life because I was too young, running around too much and surrounding myself with people I probably shouldn’t have been around, there for the lifestyle. I wouldn’t blame anyone for anything in my life.Lindsay Lohan
4. Ed Sheeran
The highly popular ‘Shape of You‘ singer was also a victim of substance abuse. He spoke at length about his addiction on The Jonathan Ross Show. “It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party.” Speaking of the effects his fame and success have had on his life, he said “I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it — and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour. And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse.”
Diagnosed of Bulimia Nervosa, Kesha had spent 2 months in rehab. Her recovery to normalcy was not easy. Here’s what she had to say, “The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that.”