10 Celebs Who Used to Have Drug Problems
You’re almost not a star in Hollywood until you’ve had a public struggle with addiction. Some celebrities have very publicly overdosed, which always sparks an outcry against drug use in Hollywood, but it never lasts too long.
Hopefully soon stars will come to be known more for their work, and less for their off-screen bad behavior. Here are a few stars that chose a clean and sober life after years of struggling with addiction.
Rapper Eminem spent most of 2007 overweight and unhappy because of a prolonged addiction to Vicodin and Valium. The coating on the pills gradually ate away at his stomach lining, and because he took so many, he was in constant pain. The only thing that would dull the ache in his gut was eating constantly.
After realizing that he could no longer focus on making music, he decided to kick his drug habit once and for all. He took up running, and did it so enthusiastically that he injured himself. Two of his albums (Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010) chronicle his attempt to overcome his drug abuse.
In the first few years of her career, including her adorable The Parent Trap remake, child star Lindsay Lohan was the new Hollywood It Girl. She was young, gorgeous, and seemed to have a bright and promising career ahead of her. However, once she was out of her parents’ control, stories of her hard-partying lifestyle began to surface in the tabloids more and more.
After she ran her Mercedes-Benz into another car in May of 2007, her life took a dramatic turn. At the scene of the accident, she was caught with a small amount of cocaine, and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in order to escape a felony trial. She checked herself into a rehab facility after she was released from prison, and vowed to keep her drug and alcohol use in check in the future.
At the worst point of his drug addiction, legendary rocker Eric Clapton speculated that he was spending up to $16,000 a week on heroin. It took decades before he was able to kick the habit, and now that he’s been sober for almost 20 years, he’s able to look back on his hard-partying days and realize how close he came to losing it all. At the height of his addiction, he almost never performed live — in one of his rare performances from that period, he was recorded lying down and playing guitar at the same time.
Now, his daughters motivate him to stay on the straight and narrow.