If you are facing addiction to drugs or alcohol, you likely feel lost and don’t know where you can turn for answers. People with substance abuse issues often feel alone and as though nobody can relate to the problem they are facing, but that is not true. Many people have experienced and overcame addiction, and learning about their stories can give you the needed confidence to take the vital first steps toward recovery.
Many support groups exist that allow people to speak with others who are going through a similar problem, and those support groups can work wonders. However, looking to famous and successful people who have beaten addiction and maintained their success can offer much more inspiration. You will learn that unlikely people can fall into the trap, but you will also discover how they can recover no matter the severity of the addiction.
Fans of “3rd Rock From the Sun” are no strangers to Kristen Johnston and the role she played in the hit show. What most people don’t know is that the actress went through a difficult battle with addiction that almost took her life. She realized the problem and decided to work toward a solution when her addiction caused her stomach to rip open, forcing her to think about the direction in which she was going.
She did not want to lose her life or watch her success vanish, so she made recovery a priority. Johnston now speaks about recovery and believes that society needs to remove the stigma from addiction so that we can make real progress.
Another example of someone who broke past the roadblock of addiction is Matthew Perry. The “Friends” star had once found himself on the wrong side of a painkiller and alcohol addiction, but his decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.
Now that he is sober, he voices his thoughts on addiction and why we should help addicts, not put them behind bars. The fact that he goes out of his way to assist others is the trait of which he is the proudest. According to Perry, helping others is the best way to overcome depression because it gets you out of your head.
Daniel Radcliffe’s role in the “Harry Potter” series was his claim to fame, and many fans are shocked to learn about his past battle with addiction. The star states that he had trouble adjusting to the fame that came with his role in the popular movie that earned international attention. When the pressure got to the worst point, he stayed inside and refused to interact with people, turning to alcohol to numb the pain. The good news, though, is that Radcliffe’s friends helped him see that he had a problem and encouraged him to change his path, and the star has been sober for many years.
David Hasselhoff’s role in “Baywatch” allowed him to win the hearts of fans across the nation. Despite his best effort to hide the problem from the public eye, he could not conceal his addiction. One specialist said that Hasselhoff would have likely died if he had not gone through treatment for his problem. He finally sought help after his daughter was forced to call 911 when he drank a dangerous amount of alcohol.
Actress Drew Barrymore became famous at the young age of 6 when she played a role in the movie “E.T.” Living the star lifestyle led to birthday parties at exclusive clubs throughout her childhood, giving her access to cocaine before her 13th birthday. The attention combined with her drug addiction led to her attempted suicide in her early teens. The actress blames an absent father and a troubled childhood for her addiction to cocaine and other substances.
Luckily, Barrymore has reportedly been sober since the end of her teen years, maintaining the path of sobriety. Although she faced several relapses along the way, her determination to recover and the help of treatment centers empowered Barrymore to move forward with her life. In addition to getting help from professionals, she also credits sober influences for her sobriety.
Getting Help for Addiction
Having sober influences is a great way for anyone to combat and defeat addiction to drugs or alcohol, but getting into a treatment center will complete the picture. A qualified treatment facility will learn about your past and the issues that led to your addiction. You will get in touch with peers who are facing the same battle, but you will also speak with experts who will point you down the right path. Getting sober will put you back in the driver’s seat of your life. Even though you will encounter many challenges along the way, you don’t have to face them alone.
If you’re ready to begin recovery, contact Ocean Hills Recovery today.
About the author:
Greg opened his home and heart to alcoholics and addicts in 2003. He is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATCI). Starting in 2009 Greg has fostered the growth of Ocean Hills Recovery into one of the most respected and effective treatment centers in the area and has been working with people with addictions since March of 2001. Greg believes in a holistic approach to recovery. His focus is on drug alcohol addiction treatment with a combination of 12 Step work, therapy and counseling, and the rejuvenation of the body through healthful eating and exercise. He has designed his program to foster a family-like atmosphere and believes that people in recovery are just beginning their lives. He encourages the people he works with to learn to enjoy life in sobriety. Greg is married to Nicole; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.