Celebrities Who Overcome Addiction: Kid Cudi and Jamie Lee Curtis

Kid Cudi

Celebrities tend to partake in abusive substances because of body image when they see themselves in pictures or when they feel the need to achieve the Hollywood norms. Here are two examples of celebrities that got themselves sober by thinking of the people around them and by thinking of the people they want to be going forward.

Kid Cudi is a successful hip-hop artist and actor who has successfully made six albums. He started with his debut in 2008 with the song “Day N Nite” and has since been nominated for twenty three awards and won a Grammy Award, Urban Music Award, and a Beatport Music Award. Kid Cudi also suffered from depression as a result of the unexpected fame he received for his music and was arrested in 2010 for cocaine possession. In 2011, he started taking marijuana but stopped two years later when he decided that he did not want to be part of the stoner culture and thought about making his daughter proud. Kid Cudi did not feel like an addict and did not feel the need to get help as he felt he could heal himself.

He may have been able to stop that addiction but in 2009 for the past five years he has been struggling with suicidal thoughts as a result of a failed relationship and became addicted to antidepressant medication. On October 2016, Kid Cudi checked into rehab for depression and suicidal urges.

Jamie Lee Curtis is a successful actress and author known for starring in the Halloween films and gaining the status of “screen queen.” She has won two Golden Globes, won another ten awards, and has been nominated twenty three times. When Curtis was 35, she started abusing drugs when a director told her that she had bags under her eyes so she decided to get cosmetic surgery for it. She was prescribed painkillers and got so addicted to them that she stole painkillers from her sister. Curtis still keeps the apology letter she wrote to her sister as a reminder of the shame she felt.

Because Curtis was also feeling lonely and unattractive, she also was an alcoholic. In 2000, she stopped her substance abuse habits so that she could be a good role model to her daughter. Curtis works with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University to teach students about drug and alcohol abuse.

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