Thinking how to help yourself or your loved one survive the struggles of being a dependent? These celebs kicked their “bad habits” and certain abuse through optimum health and wellness – living a healthier and happier lifestyle. They believed in what they can do, hold on to their recovery goals and rehabilitation procedures, stay disciplined and focused all throughout. Doing these things has allowed them to combat their addictions and get back into track.
There’s always hope.
1. Angelina Jolie
Oscar-winning versatile actress Jolie has been very vocal about her addictions – doing “just about every drug possible” and even admitting to use cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, and other drugs in a 1998 interview. Likewise, she disclosed her suicidal tendencies in the pasts, attempting to “take her own life” to overcome her existential emptiness. She even said that she had tried cutting herself with knives and blades and was obsessed with death.
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things,” she told 60 Minutes. She said that at that age she was unaware of the world and was completely self-absorbed.
Her transformation began after she became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). She stated that it changed her life. It is inspiring to see a role model who focuses on good eating habits like sushi, vegetables, and broths.
2. Drew Barrymore
Child star turned veteran actress Drew Barrymore was reportedly drinking and smoking cigarettes even at her very young age – as early as nine years old. Just a year later, she was already smoking marijuana and two years after that, doing cocaine. Over the years, she has spoken out about her traumatic childhood, rife with alcohol and drug addiction.
According to reports, Barrymore is one of those rare cases of a child star with substance abuse issues who was able to overcome them by the time she became an adult. The 41-year-old actress, who maintains a healthy figure without succumbing to Hollywood’s super-skinny standards, spent several years as a vegetarian and also reportedly runs and does yoga and Pilates.
3. Kelly Osbourne: Dancing Saved Her
Kelly Osbourne, daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, was reportedly popping up to 50 prescription pills a day by the age of 17. She actually began using Vicodin at age 13, and at one point she took 100 pills a day and began throwing up blood. Hence, after her fourth stint in rehab in 2009, the former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant and ‘E! Fashion Police’ panelist said she finally felt optimistic about her chances at recovery.
“I’ve been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions. My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me, but like a brat I just sat it out until she said, ‘Well, that’s not going to work’,” she said in the interview. “But what I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to. Until you want to be a good person, you will never be one.”
“For the first time, I felt hopeful. I knew I’d been given another chance at my life, at my career, at happiness. I wanted to grab it,” she wrote in her book, Fierce.
Overcoming Drug Addiction: Decide To Make A Change
For many people struggling with addiction, the toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: deciding to make a change. It’s normal to feel uncertain about whether you’re ready to make a change, or if you have what it takes to quit. Committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including:
- the way you deal with stress
- who you allow in your life
- what you do in your free time
- how you think about yourself
It’s also normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you know it’s causing problems in your life. Recovery requires time, motivation, and support, and it is fine to consider your situation before you make the commitment to change. It really has to come from the patient or victim himself. The change must be from within.