19 Celebrities Who Got Totally Candid About Their Alcohol And Substance Addictions, And How They Cope While Getting Sober

This post deals heavily with topics of alcohol and drug addiction, and suicide ideation. 

1.Tom Holland challenged himself to do "dry January" in 2022, after a "boozy December," which ultimately made him reevaluate his relationship with alcohol. "All I could think about was having a drink. … I was waking up thinking about it," he said. "It really scared me."

He shared that after he completed January alcohol-free, he decided to

2.Emma Chamberlain opened up about her "very severe" nicotine addiction after she started vaping to cope with her instant fame. "I have had a constant stream of nicotine in my system for the past five years. Not a day has gone by…where I haven't consumed nicotine in some form," she said.

In a recent episode of her podcast, Anything Goes, she shared that she started vaping shortly after moving to LA and starting her YouTube channel at 17.

3.Liam Payne recently shared that he's six months sober after spending 100 days in a rehabilitation facility. "I just needed to take a little bit of time out for myself, actually, because I kind of became somebody who I didn’t really recognize anymore,” he said. “And I’m sure you guys didn’t either.”

“I was in bad shape up until that point and I was really happy more than anything after I arrived to kind of put a stopper to life and work,” he said in a video posted to his YouTube channel. “Ever since then, I’ve just been trying to learn to get to know this new guy.

4.Demi Lovato has been extremely open about her struggle with addiction following her nearly fatal overdose in 2018. She shared that she's "clean and sober" after going through treatment in 2021.

In their 2021 documentary, Dancing with the Devil, Demi explained that they were living a

5.Matthew Perry shared that his relationship with alcohol began when he was just a teenager. "I had never been happier than in that moment," he said about the first time he drank. He also said that his substance abuse began after he hurt his neck in a jet-ski accident while filming and an on-set doctor gave him Vicodin to relieve his pain. "As the pill kicked in, something clicked in me," he said. "And it’s been that click that I’ve been chasing the rest of my life."

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6.Drew Barrymore shared that she'd started drinking alcohol when she was just 9 years old and started doing drugs shortly after. By the time she was 13, she was entered into a rehabilitation facility. She's since opened up about her struggles with alcohol and has been sober for about four years now.

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7.Selma Blair shared that she struggled with alcohol addiction for years and revealed that the first time she got "very drunk" was at a Passover celebration when she was only 7 years old. "When I drank, I didn’t know what drama I would find, but I knew it was drama that I would feel," she said. "I needed it. I looked forward to it. It was always my way out."

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8.Tom Felton turned to alcohol during the years after the Harry Potter franchise ended and shared that his team held a “painful and humiliating” intervention and suggested he go to rehab. Then, while he was there, he "escaped" less than 24 hours after checking in. “My lawyer, whom I’d barely ever met face to face, spoke with quiet honesty,” he said. “‘Tom,’ he said, ‘I don’t know you very well, but you seem like a nice guy. All I want to tell you is that this is the seventeenth intervention I’ve been to in my career. Eleven of them are now dead. Don’t be the twelfth.'”

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9.Jodie Sweetin dealt with alcohol and drug abuse for about 15 years until she got sober in 2005. She recalled a time when she was intoxicated at a movie premiere but no one even noticed. "I was pulling off the deceit. It was hard for people to believe I was doing that much drugs," she said. "I look at photos from that event, and I didn't even look strung out!"

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10.Jamie Lee Curtis opened up about her addiction to Vicodin that she'd kept a secret for "over 10 years." She remembered the time a friend watched her take five pills along with a sip of wine and said, “I heard this voice: ‘You know, Jamie, I see you. I see you with your little pills, and you think you’re so fabulous and so great, but the truth is you’re dead. You’re a dead woman.’”

In 1999, she read an article that Esquire writer Tom Chiarella had written about his addiction to painkillers, and it inspired her to attend her first recovery meeting. She said that she has been sober ever since. 

In 1999, she read an article that Esquire writer Tom Chiarella had written about his addiction to painkillers, and it inspired her to attend her first recovery meeting. She said that she has been sober ever since.

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11.Cara Delevingne recalled that her first experience misusing alcohol was during a family wedding when she was just 7 years old. In her journey to recovery, she realized that it's not always linear and she's really had to work for it. She said, “This process obviously has its ups and downs, but I’ve started realizing so much. People want my story to be this after-school special where I just say, ‘Oh look, I was an addict, and now I’m sober and that’s it.’ And it’s not as simple as that. It doesn’t happen overnight. ... Of course I want things to be instant — I think this generation especially, we want things to happen quickly — but I’ve had to dig deeper.”

Cara also shared that committing to the 12-step program has been the most life-affirming decision for her and her recovery. She said, “Before I was always into the quick fix of healing, going to a weeklong retreat or to a course for trauma, say, and that helped for a minute, but it didn’t ever really get to the nitty-gritty, the deeper stuff. This time, I realized that 12-step treatment was the best thing, and it was about not being ashamed of that. The community made a huge difference. The opposite of addiction is connection, and I really found that in 12-step.”

12.Jamie Campbell Bower shared that he was in an "active addiction" 13 and a half years ago. "Hurting myself and those around me who I loved the most. It got so bad that eventually I ended up in a hospital for mental health," he wrote in a tweet published last summer. "I am now 7 1/2 years clean and sober. I have made many mistakes in my life... But each day is a chance to start again. Atone for mistakes and grow."

<div><p>"For anyone who wakes up thinking 'oh god not again' I promise you there's a way," he added. "I'm so grateful to be where I am, I'm so grateful to be sober. I'm so grateful to be. Remember, we are all works in progress."</p></div><span> Tommaso Boddi / WireImage</span>

"For anyone who wakes up thinking 'oh god not again' I promise you there's a way," he added. "I'm so grateful to be where I am, I'm so grateful to be sober. I'm so grateful to be. Remember, we are all works in progress."

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13.Lucy Hale revealed that she'd been working on getting sober since she was 22 years old. She's now 33, and as of February of this year, she had "a little over a year of sobriety." "It took time. It took patience with myself," she said. "I just held on to that belief that the real Lucy came out when she was drinking. It also quieted my mind. ... My brain just doesn't shut off and it's exhausting. I was a textbook binge drinker, blackout, wouldn't remember what I did or what I said, which is scary.”

She elaborated, saying that she'd never been a

14.Daniel Radcliffe began abusing alcohol around the time when the Harry Potter franchise came to an end, and he opened up about being sober since 2010. He said, "I definitely think a lot of the drinking that happened towards the end of Potter, and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic and not knowing what to do next, and not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober."

He added that it felt

15.Zac Efron quit drinking back in 2013, after a brief time in a rehab center. He said his sobriety helped him find "structure" in his life after realizing that his immense fame was a trigger. "That [journey] led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in."

He continued,

16.Miley Cyrus shared that she was "sober sober" back in 2020 and said that her family history of addiction is what made her reevaluate her relationship with alcohol and substances. "I did a lot of family history, which has a lot of addiction and mental health challenges. So just going through that and asking, 'Why am I the way that I am?' By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly," she said.

She added that she loves waking up and feeling

17.Naomi Campbell shared that she struggled with addiction during the early '00s. "The time between 1998 and 2005 was especially bad," she said. "During that time, I avoided looking in the mirror, because I didn't like the person who was looking back at me. To be honest, there were times I thought I wouldn't survive. I used to have a lot of problems. Amongst others, I drank too much, so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober."

Years later, in an interview, she said, 

18.Nicki Minaj shared that she is "sober & loving life" in a series of tweets. She added, "I used to [be] happy when I was high. Now I'm happy when I'm sober. No judgement to anyone. Be gentle with yourself. 🎀."

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19.Finally, Chrissy Teigen shared that she was alcohol-free last year and said, "I miss feeling loopy and carefree sometimes, but to be honest toward the end, it didn’t give that fun feeling anymore anyhow. I drank to end crazy anxiety that later mostly went away when I — get this — quit drinking!"

<div><p>"I feel really good," she added, explaining that it was frustrating for her to look back on events and experiences and not have a clear memory because they were blurred by alcohol. "There are pictures from huge moments in life where my eyes just look…gone. Some are from real work shoots, some just beach days with the family," she said. "While I honestly STILL don’t know if I’ll never have a drink again, I do know I never want to be that way again. And for now, none is best. I’ll let the bad dreams come up and try to sort them out in therapy, without booze."</p></div><span> Bravo / Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty Images</span>