Relapsing From Substance Abuse Recovery Is Deadly. Is It Too Late Whenever This Happens?
We read about it and see it all the time — famous and rich people getting hooked on drugs or alcohol, and sometimes both, and being whisked away into some private clinic or high-end treatment facility, until they claim to be drug or alcohol-free. You sometimes think it has almost become a fad that most of the celebrities you know have been reported to have been arrested for drug possession/use or drunk driving. But you have to realize that fad or not, those who become involved face a serious problem in their hands – getting cured and staying drug-free and sober for good. Unfortunately, research has revealed that about fifty to ninety percent of rehab patients experience a relapse. Addiction is not a disease that can be cured with a round of medications like you would treat a flu or a specific fleeting illness. While there are no guarantees that a rehab or treatment can put an end to the condition, it does work to make the patient free from the addiction-disease. But half of the effort should come from the person himself, and only then will the rehabilitation work.
How do you handle a relapse if it happens? Do you end up being in a situation worse than what you had been before treatment? Who are some people that we know who have been there and done that, and how did they overcome it? We will show you five of these celebs who relapsed and bounced back.
The Scottish actor has started acting since 1997. He studied law, then went into showbiz, initially doing bit roles in projects like Tomorrow Never Dies, Tale of the Mummy, and Mrs. Brown. A few years later, Butler portrayed Dracula in Dracula 2000, followed by Attila the Hun in the Attila miniseries. But it would be seven years later in his career that he would become more famous when he played King Leonidas in the fantasy war movie 300. He was seen in recent times in 2016’s London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, where he was cast as the lead actor in both films. Butler had a drinking problem that he was able to overcome sixteen years ago. However, he saw himself turning to another form of addiction – this time to painkillers that he was taking for an injury he was nursing. He again sought treatment through a rehab and since then, has remained drug-free. The victorious Butler is a winner in setting a good example of complete recovery.
The Australian-born singer and songwriter began his musical journey in his home country in 1990, and moved to the United States to further his career. First working as a session guitarist then forming a group called The Ranch, he debuted in the US in 1999 with his self-titled album that became a certified platinum. To date, he has released nine studio albums and one with his band. Added to his credit, he made thirty seven singles, half of which made it to the top charts. Urban increased his popularity a bit more when he signed up as a judge of the American Idol, aside from his becoming a coach of the Australian version of The Voice. The musical artist was a former cocaine addict who sought treatment at a center in Nashville in the late 1990s. He met and married actress Nicole Kidman in the mid 2000s, but soon found himself sliding back into his former substance-abused state that had him checking into another rehab in 2006. He admitted in an interview that the relapse happened because he “let his guard down” when he was recovering and that he was in a state of subconscious denial. These days, he has remained clean and happy, to the utter delight of his family.
The rapper and record producer who was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a.k.a. Eminem, is considered as the best-selling rapper of the 2000s in the US. With ten highly successful albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, he has been touted as one of the world’s best-selling artists and Rolling Stone’s 83rd of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. It is no wonder then that he has been labelled as the King of Hip Hop. Eminem used to be addicted to prescription drugs to help him sleep. He was at his worst when he overdosed on methadone, which caused his collapsing and being rushed to the hospital. He underwent a premature detoxification process that had him going into seizure and relapse. After a series of church meetings and help from a rehab center, he finally got his act together and became clean. Eminem also started to adopt an exercise regimen to help him stay focused. Indeed, it got only better for him.
The British singer-songwriter comes from a family of entertainers – being the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. She and her parents became well-known for their reality show The Osbournes, for which they won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002. She also gained further popularity for being one of the presenters on E!’s Fashion Police, and likewise for joining Dancing with the Stars in 2009, where she and her partner placed third. It was unfortunate that Kelly took after his father when it came to being addicted to drugs. When she was a teenager, she became hooked on Vicodin, and was in and out of rehab due to frequent relapse episodes. After her fourth treatment, she confessed that she felt hopeful that she would finally recover and get to put her life in order. It sure looks like that she means it this time around.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Although the fifty-one year-old American actor has been acting since 1970, he has reached the peak of his popularity during the late 2000s when he did Tropic Thunder (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award Best Supporting Actor) and the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe series where he played Iron Man. Each Marvel film grossed more than USD 500 million at the box office worldwide, while four of the series earned over USD 1 billion. Downey had a successful start as an actor, but almost lost his career due to substance abuse, specifically heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. His almost-downfall was the result of a recurring seesaw between rehab and relapse. It was only in 2003 when he became completely drug-free, owing his cure to his supportive family, the twelve-step recovery program, and practicing meditation techniques and Wing Chun Kung Fu. His case is one noteworthy example of ultimately graduating from repetitive relapses and coming out clean and inspiring.
Now that we realize that a relapse is greatly possible, let’s be assured that being cured for good is within your reach, only if you’ll allow it to happen.