Ten Proudly Sober Celebrities

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Published Jan 5, 2021
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In 2020, we witnessed an inspiring story of hope—one that brightened an otherwise difficult year for many people out there. On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Page Six revealed that Sir Anthony Hopkins hit an impressive milestone this week: 45 years of continuous sobriety. The 82-year-old Oscar winner celebrated the occasion with an Instagram post reflecting on his journey to find recovery. 

“45 years ago today, I had a wake-up call. I was heading toward disaster and drinking myself to death,” Hopkins admitted in his inspiring post. “I’m not preaching, but I got a message: a little thought that said, ‘Do you want to live or die?’. I said, ‘I want to live.’ And suddenly, the relief came, and my life has been amazing.”

As many people approach January with a similar goal of getting sober—whether that’s a Dry January challenge or to simply change their relationship with alcohol—we thought we’d provide you with a little extra motivation. 

Here’s a list of ten proudly sober celebrities whose stories are as honest as they are relatable to anyone battling addiction: 

  1. Demi Lovato. The 28-year-old singer and actress has struggled with addiction since 2010. At the age of 18, Lovato first sought treatment for the very first time. In 2018, Lovato relapsed and was hospitalized. Despite her stumble, she immediately shared her struggles with the public and recognized that her addiction issues are something she’ll always need to work to overcome. 
  2. Tom Hardy. Sober since 2003, the Mad Max: Fury Road star candidly told The Mirror about the importance of long-term sobriety and warned that “I could destroy everything in my life I have worked so hard for.”
  3. Elton John. With over three decades of sobriety under his bedazzled belt, singer Elton John reflected on his sobriety, never forgetting that “29 years ago today, I was a broken man.” The flamboyant singer realized that he needed help and summoned the courage to seek it—and many years later, he remains glad that he did. “I have a wonderful life now,” he said. “I changed myself, but I worked very very hard at it.”
  4. Lucy Hale. Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale opened up in the magazine InStyle about her decision to ditch alcohol as she approached her 28th birthday. After years of trying “really hard to be the social butterfly,” she deliberately decided to leave the party scene behind her after many years of trying.
  5. Lana Del Rey. In an interview with GQ magazine, indie music chanteuse Lana Del Rey spoke openly about her teenage struggles with drugs and alcohol. At one point, Del Rey revealed, she was drinking every day—a habit that eventually drove her to seek addiction treatment at the tender age of 18.
  6. Russell Brand. English comedian and writer Russell Brand’s humor is almost as bold as the bracing honesty he’s displayed in countless interviews about his past issues with addiction. With the help of a 12-step program, Brand has managed to stay sober and substance-free since 2002. When he recently hit his 17-year anniversary, he took to Instagram to celebrate the milestone: “With the love and the support of others real change is possible, no matter how dark times may seem,” he said, going on to thank  “everyone who has carried me on this path.” 
  7. Sia. In September 2018, singer Sia tweeted about being eight years sober. Sia admitted on the Late Late Show that she’d struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout her early singing career. However, she says she managed to finally get sober six years into battling addiction both on stage and off, watching her success hit stratospheric heights as a result.
  8. Jada Pinkett Smith. Contact Music reported that actress/talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith realized she had a drinking problem after finishing off two bottles of wine, alone, on her couch. “I had problems with alcohol and really had to get in contact with the pain,” she said. Once she came to that realization on her own, Smith managed to stop drinking and maintain sobriety ever since. 
  9. Robert Downey Jr. When he’s not busy battling supervillains on screen, Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. is regularly fighting a past that’s checkered with substance abuse and legal issues. In fact, by the mid-1990s, Downey had become something of a Hollywood cautionary tale: an extremely gifted Oscar nominee who now drew less attention for his talent than his ability to score notorious headlines. However, after countless attempts at treatment, sobriety finally stuck with him in 2003. Downey candidly credits therapy, AA, meditation, yoga, and martial arts for his continued success.
  10. Dax Shepard. For over sixteen years, the Parenthood actor was sober and very open about his efforts to stay that way. However, like many others struggling during the pandemic (look no further than comedian John Mulaney, who recently checked himself into rehab), he discovered his sobriety wasn’t bulletproof. Shepard shamefully revealed that he’d relapsed on painkillers on a particularly painful episode of his popular podcast Armchair Expert. (You can learn more about Dax in our blog, What We Can Learn From Dax Shepard’s Relapse.)

More than anything, these ten celebrities have each managed to use their personal stories—no matter how painful—to inspire countless others to make the journey to recovery.

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