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Well-known Celebrities Who Overcame Alcoholism And Drug Addiction

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 03 September 2012. Posted in Celebrities, Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

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It’s common, perhaps even trite, to read a tabloid headline that a celebrity has a drug or alcohol problem. Drug and alcohol addiction in entertainment is so pervasive some might even say that it is par for the course or that it is unavoidable. Others might think it is part of some elaborate public relations scheme to garner attention. I am often guilty of believing the latter.

Despite what you think might think, what is uncommon is that they successfully overcame the problem, refrained from using and went on to lead incredibly successful, productive and purposeful lives.

Take Robert Downey Jr. who apparently was barely a toddler when he began smoking marijuana. It was no surprise that by the age of 22 he had developed such a severe addiction to cocaine and heroin that he would not only go on to be arrested multiple times for drug related offenses, but would enter rehab and even go to prison. Although a critically acclaimed actor his drug addiction began to interfere with his ability to obtain film roles because he was unreliable and uninsurable.

In 2002, Downey exited rehab for the last time and has successfully remained sober ever since. Since that time he has made an incredible Hollywood comeback. In fact, he appeared in his very first blockbuster film, [Iron Man, 2008] 6 years into sobriety. Sober, Downey continues to work steadily and was even nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film Tropic Thunder. Who says you can’t be sober and creative?!!

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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