Celebrities who have faced addiction

Robert Downey Jr

The Iron Man star has a long history of drug abuse. He started trying drugs as a teenager and endured several arrests in the 90s and early 00s.

Drew Barrymore

The Charlie's Angels heroine's history with drug dependence started when she turned 13. She had a difficult childhood, as her parents were alcohol dependent.

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is synonymous with living life on the edge, so it is not surprising that he is on this list. 

Rob Lowe

Rob successfully underwent treatment in the 1990s and now lives a sober life.

David Hasselhoff

Only checking into rehab in 2009 after embarrassing public meltdowns. Hasselhoff is now recovering and pursues a sober and healthy lifestyle.

Ben Affleck

After a prolonged stay at a rehab facility in 2018, Affleck stated that seeking treatment is a show of courage rather than a concession of weakness.

Matthew Perry

Perry became dependent on prescription painkillers after a doctor prescribed them following a watercraft accident.

Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe struggled to cope with all the fame that the Harry Potter series attracted. It seems all the glory and wealth came with personal problems.

Bradley Cooper

The charming academy award winner struggled with alcohol abuse and drug use at the beginning of his acting career.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson resorted to alcohol in an attempt to battle depression and bipolar disorder. 

Amanda Bynes

Bynes' problems emanate from mental health problems as well as alcohol and substance abuse.

Keith Urban

The country music singer struggled to establish himself in the 1990s. He sought consolation from his frustrations by resorting to alcoholism and drugs.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears was a superstar celebrity in the early 2000s, but her star started to fade in 2006 when it emerged that she had mental health and addiction problems.

Celebrity Addiction Tragedies


Prince died aged 57 after overdosing on Fentanyl.

Carrie Fisher

Fisher died of a heart attack in 2016 due to cardiovascular complications related to drug use.

Whitney Houston

Houston died in 2012 due to complications related to cardiovascular damage and cocaine abuse.

Amy Winehouse

Winehouse went through several attempts at rehabilitation but eventually died aged 27.

Robin Williams

Combination of drug dependency and mental illness caused Williams to commit suicide in 2009

Michael Jackson

Jackson would take large amounts of Propofol to battle insomnia. It was this habit that caused his death in 2009.

Celebrity  Addiction  Activists

Jodie Sweetin

Experimenting with alcohol at the age of 14 before advancing to meth, crack, and ecstasy. Jodie is fully recovered and now practices as a certified addiction counselor.

Amber Valletta

Valletta advises drug addicts to avoid descending to self-pity but instead seek help and use their experience to inspire others.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato openly shares her battle with drug addiction on social media, in her music, and during interviews.

Eric Clapton

Clapton finally managed to shake off drug dependence in 1987 after successful rehabilitation.

Edie Falco

Falco is outspoken about drug addicts' need to seek treatment and even played an opiate addict in the Nurse Jackie.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis now campaigns for drug awareness and the reform of drug policies to restrict access to opioids.

Oscar De La Hoya

De La Hoya has struggled with alcohol addiction for a long time but only came out in 2011.