Many faces of alcoholism and addiction exist. Below is a list of celebrities who struggled with alcoholism and are in recovery, plus a quote from each about his or her recovery, admitting to their addiction, and how life has been for them in sobriety.
Daniel Radcliffe: I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff. As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesnt work for me.
Michael J Fox: Once I did that it was then about a year of like a knife fight in a closet, where I just didnt have my tools to deal with it but then after that I went to therapy and it all started to get really clear to me. In treatment Fox said he learned to take one day at a time.
Jamie Lee Curtis: 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 didnt have to lose anything.
Russell Brand: If anything positive can come of the death of Philip Seymour, its that. His death doesnt make sense unless you accept that addiction is an illness. It doesnt make sense any other way. Otherwise, you think hang on a minute why hed do that? Addiction is a mental illness around which there is a great deal of confusion, which is hugely exacerbated by the laws that criminalize drug addicts.
Johnny Depp: I was poisoning myself with alcohol and medicating myself. I was trying to numb things. I was trying not to feel things, and thats ridiculous. Its one of the dumbest things you can do, because all youre doing is postponing the inevitable. Someday youll have to look all those things in the eye rather than try to numb the pain.
Mickey Mantle: All youve got to do is look at me to see its wasted, he says of his life, with tears welling up in his eyes as he alludes to his 40-year bout with alcohol abuse that led to his liver problem.
Robert Downy Jr.: In reference to his addiction, he stated, I dont pretend it didnt happen. More than anything I have this sense that Im a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who havent been there. He also stated that practicing yoga was a big part of his recovery.
Kristen Davis: I believe [alcoholism] is a disease. I dont think you can mess with it. There was a time when people who didnt know me well would say, Couldnt you just have one glass of champagne? And I would say, No. Im doing well. I still have occasional bad days. Why risk it?
Alec Baldwin: God got me sober. That day, God was a black, 65-year-old retired postal worker named Lenny, Baldwin writes. Lenny said, You never have to feel this way again if you dont want to.
Alcohol addiction affects millions of people. But there is help in overcoming this disease. These celebrities show living in recovery is more than possible.
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Written By: New Hope Recovery Center