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 doesn't 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 didn't 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 didn’t have to lose anything.”
Russell Brand: “If anything positive can come of the death of Philip Seymour, it’s that. His death doesn’t make sense unless you accept that addiction is an illness. It doesn’t make sense any other way. Otherwise, you think ‘hang on a minute why he’d 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 that's ridiculous. It's one of the dumbest things you can do, because all you're doing is postponing the inevitable. Someday you'll have to look all those things in the eye rather than try to numb the pain.”
Mickey Mantle: " ‘All you've got to do is look at me to see it's 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 don't pretend it didn't happen. “More than anything I have this sense that I’m a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who haven’t been there.” He also stated that practicing yoga was a big part of his recovery.
Kristen Davis: “I believe [alcoholism] is a disease. I don’t think you can mess with it. There was a time when people who didn’t know me well would say, 'Couldn’t you just have one glass of champagne?' And I would say, 'No.' I’m 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 don’t 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.
New Hope Recovery Center is available to answer your questions and help you or your loved one. 888-808-4673 (HOPE)
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There are differences between the men and women who enter drug rehab and alcohol rehab for substance abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts a census of all yearly admissions to addiction treatment facilities that are reported to SAMHSA. A report issued in April 2014 shows the results from 2011 as compiled by SAMHSA. Interesting differences between men’s and women’s use of drugs and alcohol are highlighted.
More Men Than Women in Rehab. The SAMHSA report shows the gender differences and primary substance of abuse across different age groups. The numbers show that of those who enter treatment (or rehab) for substance abuse 1/3rd are women and 2/3rd of them are men. This is an increase from findings even in the last decade that showed 1 woman to every 4 men entering treatment.
Younger Females (Ages 12-17) Equal to Younger Males in Rehab. Men 18 and older have almost twice the rate of substance dependence as women. However, the rates for males and females are about the same for adolescents age 12 to 17.
Younger Women (Ages 12-17) Are Twice as Likely to Report Alcohol as Primary Substance of Abuse Versus Young Men (21.7% vs. 10.5%)
Women More Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs Versus Men. The SAMHSA report found statistically significant differences between the primary substance of abuse for women and men. For instance, women are more likely to abuse prescription pills as their primary drug compared to men. In the 65 and older bracket women are almost 3 times more likely to primarily abuse prescription pain relievers compared to men.
Young Men More Likely to Abuse Marijuana vs. Young Women. Women were less likely to abuse marijuana compared to men in the 12 to 17 and 18 to 24 age brackets.
Women More Likely to Abuse Methamphetamine/Amphetamines. Women 18 to 34 are significantly more likely than men to abuse methamphetamines/amphetamines as their primary drug of abuse.
Gender Differences and Primary Substances of Abuse
There is no denying that women suffer from the disease of addiction differently than men. The research also shows that women have better outcomes in treatment when they have gender-specific programming. New Hope Recovery Center is proud to offer gender-specific programming to meet the unique needs of women. Our staff is culturally competent and attuned to helping women find their place in recovery. For more information please call 888-707-HOPE (4673) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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