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Famous Women in Recovery

Famous Women in Recovery


The most comforting thing for an alcoholic or addict is to hear that you are not alone. And the most inspiring thing to know is that there are successful people out there who are also in recovery. Below is a list of famous women in recovery. Some you might already know about, like Drew Barrymore, others might surprise you.

Famous Women in Recovery: Kristin Davis

Before becoming known for her role on “Sex in the City,” Kristin Davis struggled with alcohol addiction. In 2008 the actress admitted to Health magazine that she’s a recovering alcoholic. At one time, Davis was sure she wouldn’t live past 30 because her addiction was so bad.  She is now 48, and the only things she is powerless over are chocolate and coffee.

Famous Women in Recovery: Jamie Lee Curtis

Only recently did Jaime Lee Curtis, 54, reveal that she had become addicted to painkillers after a routine surgy at age 35. The actress has also admitted to drinking heavily at times to cope with loneliness. In 2010, after more than 10 years of sobriety, Curtis said on the Today Show, “My recovery is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in a shambles and you have to change it.”

Famous Women in Recovery: Kelly Osbourne

by the age of 17, Kelly Osbourne became addicted to Vicodin, taking up to 50 tablets a day. After her fourth stint in rehab in 2009, she finally felt optimistic about her chances at recovery. “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.”

Famous Women in Recovery: Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie went to rehab in 2003 after being arrested for heroin possession. Four years later, though, she pled guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin. She says “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.”

Famous Women in Recovery: Elizabeth Taylor

Silver Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was no stranger to drugs and alcohol. Indeed, she struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout her acting career, but an intervention in the 1980s, she started on the road to recovery. In fact, Taylor became one of the first high-profile celebrities to be open about her treatment for alcoholism as well as her time spent in rehab; likely, she has inspired many others to seek treatment for alcoholism.

Famous Women in Recovery: Jada Pinkett-Smith

Over a decade ago, Jada Pinkett-Smith was a heavy drinker who says she had a wakeup call one night. She credits the support of her husband with helping her into recovery but, we all know that it takes more than that to make it through alcoholism treatment.

Famous Women in Recovery: Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige, who is known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,”has been open about her struggles with depression, substance abuse, and alcoholism.  After alcoholism treatment, Mary wrote a record called “My Life” that addresses her struggles with addiction and an abusive relationship.  The record went triple platinum.




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