5 Living Celebrities Who Battled Drug Addiction
Hope for some, Not for others.
They're the stars you love, many formerly childhood stars, now all grown up taking on the hardest battles off their lives, alcohol and drug addictions. It's shocking at how drastic their physical appearances have changed with the introduction of these harmful chemicals entering their body. For some, they have never been able to recover, and some have been able to get sober. It's an everyday battle for many of them. We all watch in judgement of their decisions but growing up in the spotlight is more pressure than any of us realize. And the sad reality is that they turn to drugs and alcohol to suppress these issues.
Check out where these stars are today with their drug addictions!
1. Drew Barrymore
She's one of Hollywood's most beloved child stars who became a Hollywood icon into her adult life. She's the perfect girl next door and audiences have fallen in love with her time and time again. However, many don't know that Barrymore struggled with drug addiction. She had very early exposure to drugs and alcohol leading to poor choices and bad influences. Barrymore had her first drink and cigarette at age 9, marijuana at age 10, and dabbled in coke at age 12. At age 13, she had to undergo extensive drug treatment TWICE as she followed in the same path that many child stars do. Her father, John Drew Barrymore, had a history of drug and alcohol arrests. Today, Barrymore is sober. 2. Mary-Kate Olsen
In 2004, in the wake of the famous Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen's 18th birthday party, Mary-Kate was getting a lot of press. Why? Because she was looking extremely frail and drugs were behind it but no one wanted to say anything. Her sister Ashley was with her at all public appearances and it was obvious that Ashley was remaining healthy, young, and robust. However, Mary-Kate had frail hair and was constantly being photographed with enormous dark circles beneath her eyes. Soon, Mary-Kate was put in rehab for treatment of undisclosed addictions. Reports of relapse surfaced again in 2013. Today, her drug of addiction has never been disclosed but many still believe she is in a constant battle with anorexia. 3. Lindsay Lohan
She was America's sweetheart being the most adorable child star to grace the silver screen. With her HUGE success in "The Parent Trap", "Freaky Friday, and "Mean Girls", there was nothing this Hollywood star couldn't do. That is, until the drugs and alcohol became a problem. In 2013, Lohan sat down with Oprah four days after completing her sixth stint in rehab. After Oprah asked Lohan if she was an addict, Lohan quickly responded, "Yes." She said that alcohol was her drug of choice and eventual gateway into experimenting with other drugs such as cocaine. Her first arrest was due to possession and under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. Many of her rowdy party behavior and poor decision making is due to her chaotic family life. She's had to do community service, stay on probation, and faced jail time since 2013. Today, she's still under harsh addiction to alcohol and cocaine. 4. David Hasselhoff
Of course you know him from Baywatch which is actually getting a reboot with Zac Efron. However did you know that he was an alcoholic? One of his most famous alcohol scares was when he was hospitalized after being extremely intoxicated to the point where his daughter didn't think he would survive the alcohol binge. Hasselhoff has been hospitalized many times which ultimately led to the failure of his marriage and struggling career. However, today, he is clean and sober announcing in 2009 of redemption. 5. Zac Efron
In 2014, Zac Efron candidly opened up to the public about his alcoholism. For being Hollywood's biggest heartthrob, you'd never know something was wrong. He knew he was drinking too much being in his 20's, a star in hollywood, and being single led to his drinking habits. He ended up going to rehab while also joining Alcoholics Anonymous and seeing a therapist. It's very noticeable that Zac felt that he was trying to fill a void during his unhappiness that led to alcohol. He has learned to lead a healthier life staying away from alcohol, eating better, and exercising everyday. Efron has said that he still faces struggles even today, "it's a never ending struggle."