8 Female Celebs Who Overcame Addiction
It’s important (and helpful) to know that there’s life after addiction. Here are 8 female celebs who overcame addiction and are proving that success – both professional and personal – is possible. Be inspired, ladies…
#1. Oprah Winfrey
She is one of the most successful Black, female celebrities of all time and perhaps one of the most successful celebrities – having been ranked number one on Forbes’ annual list of “Most Powerful Celebrities” five times.
Winfrey opened up about her prior drug abuse while talking to a woman going through a similar problem on her show back in the 1990s. She admits to abusing crack cocaine and to issues with codependency, saying that she was probably more addicted to her boyfriend at the time than the drugs.
#2. Kelly Osbourne
Daughter of Ozzy Osbourne – the famous rocker who is also a recovering addict, Kelly Osbourne has been quite public with her own struggles with addiction.
At 17, Osbourne had become addicted to Vicodin and, although unknown at the time, this was well-documented by cameras filming their hit reality series, The Osbournes.
In 2009, after her fourth stay in a rehab, Kelly left rehab saying, “After 30 days, I left rehab. 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 is now 3 years sober and her career is taking off.
#3. Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis revealed that she developed a painkiller addiction after a surgical procedure when she was 35.
She also admitted to drinking heavily at times, to cope with feelings of extreme loneliness.
In 2010, after 10 years in sobriety, Curtis announced, “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.” during an interview on the Today show.
#4. Drew Barrymore
Perhaps one of the most heartbreaking and uplifting stories of childhood stardom, Barrymore began using drugs and alcohol at a very young age.
At 9 she was already smoking cigarettes and by 11 had already begun abusing alcohol.
By 12, Barrymore was smoking pot regularly and by the tender age of 13, she was heavily addicted to cocaine.
During this time, Barrymore went to rehab twice and attempted suicide when she was 14.
Since then, however, she is a sober and successful woman. Today, Drew Barrymore is a famous and successful actress, producer, and owner of her own production company, Flower Films.
#5. Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis struggled with alcohol addiction before she “made it” in Hollywood with her role as Charlotte on Sex in the City. Davis admitted that there was a time in her life that she was convinced she wouldn’t live past the age of 30 because her alcoholism was so bad. Nowadays, Davis says that the only things she’s powerless over are chocolate and coffee.
#6. Nicole Richie
Richie went to rehab in 2003 following an arrest for heroin possession. Richie didn’t stop then, however. Several years later, she was busted for driving under the influence per se – she was high on 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.”
#7. Angelina Jolie
In a 1998 interview, Jolie admitted to doing “just about every drug possible,” and listed substances like cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, and LSD among others. Jolie has become wildly famous since; she is an Oscar-winning actress, mother of six, UN ambassador and humanitarian.
#8. Jane Lynch
Actress and comedian Jane Lynch got sober in 1991 when she realized that her drinking had gotten out of control. She is perhaps best known for her roles in movies like Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the hit TV show Glee. Lynch talks about her struggles with alcoholism in her memoir Hyperion Voice.
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