Celebrities who have gone to rehab

Celebrities who have gone to rehab

Addiction is an equal opportunity disease: it affects people across economic, cultural, racial, ethnic, and gender lines. That being said, addiction can affect famous people at the same rate it affects common folk. There are many, many celebrities who have gone to rehab in order to overcome their substance addictions as well as to treat other, co-occurring conditions, also called dual diagnosis.

There are several celebrities who have or are currently struggling with addiction that we all know about: Lindsay Lohan, Heath Ledger, Cory Monteith to name a few. It is almost extra tragic when someone’s painful struggle with addiction is so public. Below are some celebrities who have gone to rehab that you may not have known about.

Drew Barrymore

Although it’s pretty well known that Drew Barrymore struggled with addiction, it is noteworthy to mention that her addiction to drugs and alcohol started at such an early age (9 years old) and that she attended rehab by the age of 13.

Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady)

The actress who played Marcia on the Brady Bunch struggled with both a drug addiction and bulimia, all the while filming the popular 1970s family sitcom. She attended rehab for celebrities where she received counseling and is successfully recovering.

Winona Ryder

You may well remember a very public arrest for shoplifting but did you know that Winona Ryder admits that she was on painkillers at the time. After her arrest, she attended rehab, which she successfully completed.

Haley Joel Osment

The actor best known for his movie The Sixth Sense completed rehab for drugs and alcohol after driving drunk and crashing his car, all while being underage.

Sam Jackson

A highly successful actor, Samuel L. Jackson completed rehab back in 1991 for cocaine and alcohol and went on to become one of Hollywood’s major movie stars.

Ben Affleck

Another famous and well-liked celebrity, Ben Affleck has confessed that alcohol had become a problem for him and successfully completed rehab for his alcoholism.

Michael Jackson

Although it is clear by now that Michal Jackson had a problem with drugs, an addiction to which he eventually lost his life, it is not widely known that he attended drug rehab back in 1993.

Eva Mendes

Though it’s still not clear what she was addicted to, the actress made headlines in 2008 when she checked into a rehab for celebrities for her substance abuse issues.

Gerard Butler

The actor reportedly checked into a rehab for celebrities in February 2012 for an issue with painkillers after injuring himself in a surfing accident.

Kirsten Dunst

The actress checked into a rehab for celebrities in 2008 in order to come to terms with her “personal demons.”

Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, has admitted that alcohol became a big problem for him. He attended rehab for celebrities and has been clean and sober for several years.

Eric Dane

Eric Dane, from Grey’s Anatomy and Marley & Me, voluntarily checked himself into rehab in July 2011 for an addiction to painkillers.

Jaime Lee Curtis

The celebrated actress wrote in 2009, “My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life.” She was reportedly addicted to painkillers for five years before going into a rehab for celebrities.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://therapistunlimited.com/

http://www.windsorstar.com/

http://news.yahoo.com/

 

Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Rob Lowe

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Robert Hepler, better known as Rob Lowe is an American film and television star. He got his fame after appearing in movies such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, St. Elmo ’s Fire, and the Austin Powers’ movies. Rob Lowe also was on The West Wing and is currently playing the character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation. Rob Lowe has been a famous actor since the early 80’s but more importantly he is a celebrity in recovery.

In 1988, Rob Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with two women. One of the women was 16 and the other was 22. They were filmed with Lowe right before the night of the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta Georgia. Rob had asserted that he did not know that the second girl was underage and it was confirmed that the two had met at a bar. At the time, Rob was campaigning for Michael Dukakis. Another part of the tape was leaked at the same time as this and it showed Rob Lowe and his friend Justin Morritt, both having sex with a young American model named Jennifer in a hotel room in Paris.

Rob called his sex tape scandal the best thing that ever happened to him because it forced him to get help.

On May 10th, Rob Lowe who is now 49 celebrated 23 years of sobriety. Rob Lowe says his addictions were sex and alcohol. He does have a wife and he describes her as being his best friend and the opposite of an enabler. He credits his wife for helping him successfully battle his addiction. The thing about Rob Lowe was that he was absolutely ready for help when he went to rehab in his 20s.

Rob Lowe spoke with Piers Morgan about his positive experience with rehab while promoting his memoir in 2011.

“It was great. I loved it. Because I was ready. Problem is, people go into rehab and they’re not ready,” Lowe explained. “You want to get sober for your parents, you want to get sober for your job, you want to get sober for the cops, you want to get sober to protect your image. A lot of good reasons, by the way, but unfortunately, the only thing that works is that you have to want to get sober for you. So, I was ready. And so if they told me, ‘Hey, Lowe, you’ve got to go stand in the corner on your head,’ I would have done it. I was ready. And so if they told me, ‘Hey, Lowe, you’ve got to go stand in the corner on your head,’ I would have done it.”

He told Piers that he’s the type of person who just can’t one glass of wine, so he’s abstained from alcohol ever since “If I have a glass of wine, inevitably it’s two glasses of wine, it just begins. That’s how you know you’re one of us or you’re not.”

Sources:

http://starcasm.net/archives/219058

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Lowe

Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Russell Brand

 

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Russell Brand, born Russell Edward Brand in 1975 is a British actor, comedian, writer and also; recovered drug addict. He is one of the most outspoken and passionate celebrities to date about his own recovery and the recovery for other people. It has been ten years since Russell Brand has used any mood or mind altering substance but before all that he was just another heroin junkie.

Russell Brand was born in Grays, Essex, England and was an only child. Brand’s parents divorced when he was very young; only six months old and he has described his childhood as being isolated and lonely. When he was seven years old he was sexually abused by a tutor and when he was eight his mother contracted uterine cancer and then breast cancer one year later. While his mother underwent treatments, Russell stayed with his relatives. When he was 14 he suffered from bulimia nervosa and when he was 16 he left home because of his mother’s live-in partner. His mother had lymphoma at the time. This is when he began to use illegal drugs such as weed, amphetamines, LSD and ecstasy. Of course from that point on his drug addiction progressed.

Brand’s first significant stand-up appearances came in 2000, the same year he also became a video journalist for MTV, a job which he was subsequently fired from. Shortly after that his agent John Noel forced him to visit Focus 12 residential rehab in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. After getting clean in rehab and begging to attend 12-step fellowships he continue on with his work and became who he is now.

Continuing to work both in TV and stand-up, he debuted his one-man show Better Now, an account of his heroin addiction, at the Edinburgh Festival in 2004. Brand became a popular British television star by appearing on Big Brother and hosting his own talk show and numerous other series, and in 2008 became world famous as the rocker Aldous Snow in the hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

 “It is ten years since I used drugs or drank alcohol and my life has immeasurably improved. I have a job, a house, a cat, good friendships and generally a bright outlook.

The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational. Recently for the purposes of a documentary on this subject I reviewed some footage of myself smoking heroin that my friend had shot as part of a typically exhibitionistic attempt of mine to get clean.”

Since he got sober Russell Brand has been an advocate for those in recovery and for those still in addiction too.

“This is the reason I have started a fund within Comic Relief, “Give It Up”. I want to raise awareness of, and money for abstinence based recovery. It was Kevin Cahill’s idea, he is the bloke who runs Comic Relief. He called me after reading an article I wrote after Amy Winehouse died. Her death had a powerful impact on me I suppose because it was such an obvious shock, like watching someone for hours through a telescope advance towards you, fist extended with the intention of punching you in the face. Even though I saw it coming it still hurt when it eventually hit me. What was so painful about Amy’s death is that I know that there is something I could have done. I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me. Don’t pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time. It sounds so simple, it actually is simple but it isn’t easy, it requires incredible support and fastidious structuring. Not to mention that the whole infrastructure of abstinence based recovery is shrouded in necessary secrecy. There are support fellowships that are easy to find and open to anyone who needs them but they eschew promotion of any kind in order to preserve the purity of their purpose, which is; for people with alcoholism and addiction to help one another stay clean and sober.”

Russell Brand also has a new documentary out entitled Russell Brand: Addiction to Recovery and it is said he attends at least 3 AA meetings a week.

Sources:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/4483138/Death-of-billionaire-Eva-Rausing-shows-desperation-drugs-induce-in-people.html

http://www.russellbrand.tv/2013/03/give-it-up/

Celebrity in Recovery Profile: Robert Downey, Jr.

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Robert Downey, Jr. is one of the most iconic actors of our generation. We most recently saw him in the new Iron Man and almost everyone knows; Robert Downey, Jr. is a recovered alcoholic and drug addict.

Robert Downey, Jr. The Addiction

From the years of 1996 to 2001, Robert Downey Jr. was in the heat of his addiction. Downey was arrested numerous times for drug related charges including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. He went several times through drug treatment programs trying to beat his addiction and did so unsuccessfully. He tried to explain his relapses and his addiction to drugs through the fact that he had been addicted since he was eight. He said his father was an addict and had been giving them to him.

In April 1996, Robert Downey, Jr. was arrested for the possession of heroin, cocaine and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while he was speeding down Sunset Boulevard. A month later he was on parole and trespassed into a neighbor’s home while under the influence and fell asleep in one of the beds. He was sentenced to three years of probation and required to undergo drug testing. In 1997, he missed one of the drug tests and had to spend four months in the Los Angeles County Jail. Downey missed another drug test in 1999 and was arrested again. Despite efforts to keep him out of jail he ended up serving a three year prison term at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California.

Robert Downey, Jr. spent nearly a year in that drug treatment center and was unexpectedly freed when a judge ruled that his collective time in incarceration facilities had qualified him for early release. After being released from the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in 2000 for drug charges, Robert Downey, Jr. joined the cast of the TV series Ally McBeal playing Calista Flockhart’s love interest. His performance in Ally McBeal gave him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film. His character had been written when Robert Downey, Jr. was fired after two drug arrests in late 2000 and early 2001. After one last stay in a court-ordered drug treatment program Robert Downey, Jr. following this, he moved from addiction into recovery.

Robert Downey, Jr. Recovery

After five years of substance abuse, arrests, rehab, and relapse, Robert Downey Jr. was finally ready to work toward a full recovery from drugs and a return to his career. In discussing his failed attempts to control his own addictive behavior in the past, Downey told Oprah Winfrey in November 2004 that “when someone says, ‘I really wonder if maybe I should go to rehab?’ Well, uh, you’re a wreck, you just lost your job, and your wife left you. Uh, you might want to give it a shot.”

He added that after his last arrest in April 2001, when he knew he would likely be facing another stint in prison or another form of incarceration such as court-ordered rehab, “I said, ‘You know what? I don’t think I can continue doing this.’ And I reached out for help, and I ran with it. You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way and you’ll get it and you won’t take advantage of it. It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems…what’s hard is to decide to do it.”

Downey says he has been drug-free and in recovery since July 2003, thanks to his family, therapy, meditation, twelve-step recovery programs, yoga and the practice of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He has described his religious beliefs as “Jewish-Buddhist” and in the past has been interested in Christianity and the Hare Krishna ideology

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Downey,_Jr.

 

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab

Addiction affects people from all walks of life: from the homeless man on the street to the beautiful starlet living in a penthouse apartment. However, executives and celebrities in rehab sometimes face a unique set of challenges. Sometimes, executives must go to a place where they can still work and communicate to the office during treatment. Executives and celebrities in rehab also need a higher level of privacy and discretion.

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab: Access

Many traditional rehab centers do not allow clients to have access to technology like email and cell phones while they are in treatment. For executives and celebrities in rehab this can be unacceptable. Treatment centers that cater to executives and celebrities recognize that high profile clients cannot be cut off from professional obligations while they recover. The will accommodate your busy schedule while also maintaining the relaxing and stress-free environment that you need to recover.

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab: Luxury

Executives and celebrities are generally accustomed to a higher standard of living, and they do not want to give that up while in rehab. Treatment centers that cater to these types of high profile clients seem more like four star hotels than treatment facilities. They are designed to allow you to recover in the most plush and luxurious setting possible. Luxury rehab centers offer private, lavish accommodations, far from the stress of your daily life. Gourmet food, yoga, golf, spa services and massage are just a few of the amenities offered to executives and celebrities in rehab.

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab: Privacy and Confidentiality

Rehabs that cater to executives and celebrities offer complete privacy and confidentiality. And while all rehab centers are required by law to respect the confidentiality of their clients, executives and celebrities in rehab often need a higher level of vigilance. Sometimes, unscrupulous media outlets will do almost anything to discover that a certain person is in rehab. The type of treatment centers that cater to high profile clients realize this and have taken steps to ensure that each and every client can seek addiction treatment with absolute discretion. No one will know that you are seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction unless you want them too. Likewise, you will feel free to open up to their highly trained and absolutely discrete addiction professionals, which is essential to healing.

Executives and Celebrities in Rehab: Tailored Programs

Executives and celebrities in rehab face a unique set of challenges to recovery. They often live and work under a high degree of stress. They also usually must cope with the constant scrutiny of the public. Rehab centers that cater to these types of high profile clients understand these unique needs. They have experience treating people who have had similar experiences. They specialize in helping intelligent, motivated, high achievers break free from patterns of alcohol and drug abuse. They can help executives and celebrities in rehab learn new coping skills, recover from addiction and set the stage for a healthy, compelling, and successful future.

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