Celebs Who Have Battled Addiction
Jamie Lee Curtis
After Michael Jackson's death, Curtis publicly revealed that shebattled a painkiller addiction. She explained, "I too found painkillers after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure and I too became addicted. The morphine becomes the warm bath from which to escape painful reality. I was a lucky one. I was able to see that the pain had started long ago and far away, and that finding the narcotic was merely a matter of time."
Curtis didn't disclose a timeline of her addiction, or how she eventually quit, but says she's now proud to be clean. She wrote on The Huffington Post, "My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life. But it takes work hard, painful work."
Drug addiction is responsible for Houstons metamorphosis from a national treasure to a national punch line. Her career -- and reputation -- began spiraling out of control after she was arrested for marijuana possession in 2000. Over the past ten years, Houston, 47,has occasionally sought treatment, reportedly dealing with addictions to marijuana, cocaine and assorted pills.
She addressed the rumors surrounding her addiction in a now-famous interview with Diane Sawyer in which she said, First of all, lets get one thing straight. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Lets get that straight, okay? We dont do crack. We dont do that. Crack is wack.
It's unclear if Whitney is clean today, but the effects of her drug use are ongoing. Recently, her 18-year-old daughter was photographed snorting cocaine.
Like many child actresses, the former Little House on the Prairie star, 46,found herself battling addiction as an adult. Although she admitted to dabbling in drugs and alcohol as a young teen, it wasn't until she was a wife and mother that her alcoholism "blossomed."
She recalled the origins of her addiction to MomLogic.com, explaining, "After my grandfather passed away, I felt stuff that I had stuffed away for decades, since my own father passed away. I couldn't get my brain to shut off at the end of the day between the kids, having lists of things to do, my job, working, I was president of SAG, etc. I would numb things so I could relax and sleep. I started having 1 glass of wine each night, then 3 and 4 glasses ... Then 1 bottle, 2 bottles, and 3, just to go to bed at night. I had also been in therapy for years, and this came out of nowhere."
It was only after her young son confronted her about the issue that Melissa began attending women's-only AA meetings. Discussing common problems with women in all stages of sobriety helped Melissa realize that she was not alone -- not did she have to pretend to be perfect. Last year, Melissa joined The Partnership at Drugfree.org as celebrity spokeswoman and proudly revealed that she was six years sober.
A celebrity guest on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, Alley, 60, recently said that she's hoping to drop 30 or 40 pounds on the show. But in the late 1970s, she had a more dangerous approach to weight loss: cocaine. The former Jenny Craig spokesperson has been frank about her past addiction, and once said, One great way to lose weight is to become a hopeless drug addict. Ive tried it and it really does work. Its just that it wrecks your life at the same time.
It's a pretty safe bet that Alley is clean these days. The actress follows Scientology, a religion widely known for forbidding the use of all psychiatric drugs. She also recently launched her own organic weight loss program.
Mary Tyler Moore
Long after her days on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the actress, 74,went public with her alcoholism battle. Moore said that she kept her problem hidden from even her loved ones, because, "An alcoholic woman, in most people's eyes, was one who had just really gotten sloppy, gotten dirty."
Moore said that she eventually sought treatment at the Betty Ford Center, and hopes that her honesty will help others who deal with the same issues. "Being able to come out and talk honestly about that (alcoholism) gave a lot of people the opportunity to look at themselves carefully and say, 'Hey, yes I look good, my clothes are nice and I'm warm and delightful, but I'm also an alcoholic,'" she said.
In 2005, Moore told Larry King that she'll never be able to have even the casual drink. When asked if she misses it, Mary responded, "Every once in a while, I'll think, I should have a -- and I don't even get through to the last word in the sentence. That's how fleeting it is. And I'll think, isn't that funny."
The One Day at a Time Actress admitted that she first tried cocaine at age 11 with her father, "Papa" John Phillips. Her addiction was never a secret -- everyone knew she was fired from the TV show over drug abuse -- but Mackenzie laid out her issues for the whole world over the past few years, with a stint on Celebrity Rehab and a memoir, High on Arrival.
Now at 51, Mackenzie says she's been sober ever since a 2008 arrest for drug possession. Already clean when she joined Celebrity Rehab, Mackenzie used the experience to focus on her recovery and examine the issues that kept her addicted to substances -- including, as we now know -- an incestuous relationship with her father.
Drug and alcohol addiction is practically synonymous with celebrity, but food addiction? In the diet-obsessed celebrity culture, it's a rarity. However, Judd, 46, who battled weight issues for most of her life, entered a treatment center in 2006 to fight her addiction to food.
The country star said of the problem, It was consuming a lot of my life. I mean I felt like -- I mean food to me is what alcohol is to the alcoholic and the struggles up and down. You know the business. One minute youre number one. The next minute youre number zero. And I had just been using food for every emotion I had. If I was joyful, wed go out to eat. You know how it is when you have kids. Its all about snacks and food and carrying it with me on the road. And it became too much, so I did something about it.
In 2009, she became a celebrity spokesperson for Alli diet pills, an over the counter weight loss drug. Judd said that she's taking the weight loss slow, exercising regularly and trying not to feel pressured to attain an "ideal" figure.