10 Female Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Were in Recovery
When you’re struggling with an addiction or working at your recovery from an addiction, it’s good to know that you’re not alone. And, it helps to know that there is life after active addiction. Here are 10 female celebrities you probably didn’t know were in recovery to inspire you right now.
Now one of the most famous female celebrities in recovery and also the world’s most powerful woman – Oprah Winfrey was struggling with crack cocaine in her 20s. “I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t have done for [it],” Oprah once said when she spontaneously admitted her prior drug use during a 1995 episode of her show. In another interview, a decade after this confession, Winfrey said she realized her addiction was more about the relationship than the drug: “I was more addicted to the boyfriend than I was to the drugs.”
Kristin Davis, best known as Charlotte on Sex and the City battled alcohol before she became a well-known female celebrity. Back in 2008, Davis admitted to Health magazine that she’s a recovering alcoholic. Her alcohol addiction was so bad at one time that she was certain she wouldn’t live past 30.
Jamie Lee Curtis
After a routine surgical procedure at age 35, Curtis became addicted to the prescription painkillers she was given. She also admitted to drinking heavily at times because of the loneliness she was feeling. On the Today Show back in 2010 and with more than 10 years of sobriety, Curtis said, “My recovery is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. Without that, the rest of my life would have fallen apart… Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in a shambles and you have to change it. I was lucky, I didn’t have to lose anything.”
Nicole Richie went to rehab in 2003 following an arrest for heroin possession. Four years after that, Richie was caught driving under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin. Richie has said, “People ask me, do I blame Hollywood or my parents? No, I don’t blame my parents. It had nothing to do with them. I created it and manifested it, and I got myself through it with the help of a lot of great people.”
Silver Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor is yet another famous female celebrity who is in recovery for addiction. Taylor battled alcoholism and drug addiction for much of her acting career, but after and intervention back in the 1980s, she started her journey on the road to recovery. Taylor is one of the first high-profile celebrities who was open about her alcoholism treatment and her time spent in rehab – inspiring countless others to seek help for alcoholism and this it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Jada Pinkett-Smith admits that she was, at one time, a heavy drinker. Her wakeup call occurred when she found herself on the couch with two empty bottles of wine. She quit cold turkey and hasn’t had a drink in over a decade. She credits her husband, Will Smith, with giving her the support she needed but she also completed an alcoholism treatment program.
Mary J. Blige
The female crooner also known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,”Mary J. Blige has been open about her depression, substance abuse, and alcoholism. She sought help through substance abuse and alcoholism treatment and later wrote a record called My Life that details her struggles with addiction and an abusive relationship. The record went triple platinum.
Comedian and actress Jane Lynch, known for her roles in movies like Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the hit TV show Glee, got sober in 1991 after realizing that her drinking was out of control. In her memoir Hyperion Voice, Lynch talks about her struggles with alcoholism.
In an interview with BlackBook, Ricci said of her drinking , “You know, I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking,” she added that she quit drinking because “it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life.”
And honorable mention goes to Blake Lively, who technically isn’t in recovery but, as a female celebrity living a high profile life, it is noteworthy that she leads a sober lifestyle. Lively has said, “I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug. It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for,” she told Allure.
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