Famous Celebrity Recoveries
Famous celebrity recoveries from drug and alcohol addiction and
abuse are few and far between. You know what they say about "once
an addict, always and addict" and the same goes for alcoholics
as well. But, be that as it may, there are some success stories
among famous people and celebrities that are worth sharing.
Ray Charles (left) and Betty Ford (right)
The term "success" just means that the famous persons
or celebrity addicts have maintained sobriety for a substantial
amount of time. As with the other categories, the majority of
the famous celebrity recoveries are from the Hollywood actors,
actresses, musicians, comedians, athletes and politicians.
There are also a couple of famous people who have nothing to
do with these industries. Take for instance, Dr.
Bob Smith and Bill Wilson (pictured
below) who wrote the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. These two
were not famous nor were they celebrities at the time they decided
on their own alcohol addiction recoveries.
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But, even with anonymity in place, both have become celebrities
of the addiction recovery movement because of their own personal
successes and for helping others in recovery as well.
Some of the famous musicians on our list who have had sustained
recoveries from drugs and alcohol include names like Dr. John,
Alice Cooper, Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron, Joe Walsh and
Sir Anthony Hopkins
|A few of the Hollywood celebrities
on the list who have managed to stay clean and sober include
Robert Downey, Jr. Mariette
Hartley and Malcolm McDowell. Celebrity comedians who have
made recoveries include Richard Lewis, Richard
Pryor and George Carlin. Sir
Anthony Hopkins has managed to stay clean and sober
for over 30 years now.
This brings us to the famous celebrity recoveries from drugs
and alcohol for athletes. Some of the more notable athletes include
Gerry Cooney and Dock Ellis. And this list of famous and celebrity
recoveries would not be complete without a few politicians who
need to stand and be counted.
Two of the most well-known
are congressmen Jim Ramstad and Patrick
Kennedy (we'll see since his recovery is still on the short
side). Former Governor of Texas Ann Richards managed to stay sober
for the last 25 years of her life. And perhaps the most famous
modern day recovery story is not from a politician, but the former
First Lady Betty
Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald Ford, opened up the
Betty Ford Clinic in the Palm Springs area of Southern California.
She was an inspiration to millions of people and continues to
touch the lives of drug and alcohol addicts in a positive way.