Celebrities Who Have Overcome Addiction: Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey Jr.


Robert Downey Jr.

Many celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, and many others have died from drug overdoses. The honest truth is that many celebrities are surrounded by those who do drugs which can help them develop an addiction and increase their chances of relapsing.  Luckily, there are celebrities who have fought against addiction and won.

Drew Barrymore is an actress, producer, director, model, author, and mother of two children. She was born and raised in the Barrymore family dynasty. She made her debut at eleven months in a dog commercial and starred in the beloved classic “E.T” at age seven. Despite her early fame, she was dealing with childhood addiction. When Barrymore was little, her mother would take her to nightclubs five times a week. At nine, she drank and smoke, did marijuana at age ten, and did cocaine at age twelve.

When she was fourteen, Barrymore checked into a drug mental institution for eighteen months. After a suicide attempt that year, she went back to rehab and stayed with singer David Crosby and his wife since she was always surrounded by those under the influence post-rehab. At age fifteen, she emancipated from her parents and moved into her own apartment. She is now the mother of two daughters, wrote the book “Little Girl Lost” which described her addiction recovery, and is currently starring in the Netflix series “Santa Clarita Diet.”

Robert Downey Jr. is another actor who changed his life around. Downey Jr. made his acting debut at age five in his father’s film “Pound.” At age six, his father introduced him to marijuana as a way for the two of them to bond. This would be the start of his problems. In 1996, Downey Jr. was arrested for possession of heroin, cocaine, and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun while speeding down Sunset Boulevard.

A month later, he trespassed into a neighbor’s house while under the influence and fell asleep in one of their beds. Downey Jr. was sentenced to three years of probation and had to undergo drug testing. After multiple arrests for possession and missing court-ordered drug tests, Downey Jr. was sentenced to drug rehab and stayed there for a year after posting a $5,000 bail. He has since been sober and is known for playing “Iron Man.” These two celebrities learned from their mistakes and are living their lives in sobriety.

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