Drug and substance abuse is a disease that does not discriminate – it affects both ordinary and prominent persons. It is not uncommon to see famous people struggling with addiction or experiencing a relapse after undergoing drug rehabilitation.
Celebrities usually find it challenging to quit, as they have easier access to addictive substances. Another factor that makes it even harder is the constant public scrutiny.
These celebrities have, in the past, struggled with drug and alcohol addiction:
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is among the most revered actresses in Hollywood. Some of the top movies she features in include Mr & Mrs. Smith, Maleficent and Tomb Raider. Jolie had a troubled childhood, and she has admitted to using cocaine, heroin, and LSD.
Hoverer, after going to a rehabilitation center, she overcame the addiction. Jolie is currently a mother of six and engages in humanitarian activities.
2. Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert started using before his teens and spent most of the early years of his acting career while struggling with addiction. He was arrested on several occasions in the late 90s and early 2000s for misusing alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Robert went to a California prison for a while, during which he joined a state-funded drug rehab program.
He announced his recovery in 2002 and landed the starring role in Marvel’s Iron Man in 2008.
3. Lady Gaga
In November 2016, Lady Gaga admitted to having a marijuana addiction on the Elvis Duran show. She revealed that it started as an experiment and ultimately became an addiction. At the time, she was smoking at least 15 marijuana cigarettes daily, without tobacco.
4. Zac Efron
High School Musical star Zac Efron told Hollywood Reporter of his alcohol addiction in May 2014. Apparently, the Hollywood lifestyle was the reason behind his excessive use of alcohol.
Zac has since undergone a combination of alcohol rehab and counseling, and he is on the path to full recovery.