Addiction is a very real disease, and regardless of whether or not you’re in the spotlight, the struggle is the same. These strong women show that recovery is possible, and so is wild success afterwards.
While Fergie was trying to make it big in the singing trio Wild Orchid in the 90’s, she became hooked on crystal meth. Today, she’s achieved worldwide success as a singer and songwriter, both with the band The Black Eyed Peas and solo, and is a happily married mother. Back in 2006, Fergie talked about her addition to Time Magazine and said, “it’s why you start doing [drugs] in the first place that’s interesting. A lot of it was being a child actor; I learned to suppress feelings.” Fergie uses hypnotherapy and performing as her outlets now.
Lindsay Lohan has gotten a lot of negative press in recent years for being an addict, and unfortunately hasn’t been acknowledged enough for her efforts to recover. Last year, Lindsay harbored a lot of guilt after drinking a single glass of wine before changing her outlook on the brief relapse. In the OWN series Lindsay, she said, “it took me a bit to finally just be like, ‘why am I holding this in? I screwed up. And that’s okay. But, now, what can I do so it doesn’t happen again?'” With this attitude, Lindsay hopes to continue to improve her health. Hopefully, the media will congratulate her for her accomplishments moving forward, rather than adding more pressure onto her recovery.
Demi Lovato made headlines in January of 2011 after finishing her time in rehab, but she used those headlines in a unique way. Demi chose to use her fame to spread awareness for addition, mental illness and self harm, which are the issues she dealt with first hand. She even returned to Timberline Knolls, the treatment center that helped her on her road to recovery, so that she could speak to the people there. Since her time at Timberline Knolls, Demi has shared her story, released 2 successful albums, fallen in love and toured the world.
Kelly Osbourne revealed in her book Fierce that she began taking drugs at a young age, and that the addition became serious when her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2002. After spending time in rehab in 2009, Kelly finally felt like she was working toward recovery. “After 30 days, I left rehab. For the first time, I felt hopeful,” she said in Fierce. “I knew I’d been given another chance at my life, at my career, at happiness. I wanted to grab it.” Currently, Kelly is a host on the entertaining E! show Fashion Police, which has been running since 2011.
Nicole Richie’s history with addiction was made very public by the media. The celebrity isn’t certain what made her turn to drugs in the first place, but she says the consequences are what made her stop. “A few arrests helped. A few hours in jail will do that to you…once you see the consequences are real,” she said to The Telegraph. Now Nicole is the star of a reality television show, a fashion designer, the author of 2 novels, and a happily married mother of 2. Nicole and her husband have said that they value giving their children a happy, stable home above all else.
Angelina Jolie is a notable recovering addict who’s admitted to having done almost every drug possible, including cocaine and heroin. The star has achieved a wide range of success since she got clean, including becoming an Oscar-winning actress and a mother to 6 children, 3 of whom she and her now-husband Brad Pitt adopted. She’s also renowned for her work as an activist. After filming in Cambodia in 2001, Angelina reached out to the United Nations for more information and began visiting refugee camps around the world. In October of 2014, she was presented with an honorary damehood by Queen Elizabeth II for her humanitarian work.
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