Inspiration from 7 Sober Celebrities
Alcohol addiction knows no bounds. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a living. And for celebrities, the constant paparazzi and tabloid speculation can make fighting an addiction much more public than they might originally want it to be.
However, celebrities who are public about their struggles with drug and/or alcohol abuse, provide inspiration, hope, and healing to families/friends of addicts and addicts wanting to get sober.
Below I’m sharing 7 celebrities who don’t drink and face their addiction every single day.
7 Celebrities Who Don’t Drink
1. Jodie Sweetin
Jodie Sweetin is best known for playing middle child, Stephanie Tanner, on the former hit sitcom, Full House, and the current series reboot, Fuller House, on Netflix. Her addiction to drugs and alcohol started when she was 14 years old and lasted over the next 15 years until she got sober for good in 2008. In 2009 she wrote her memoir, unSweetined, detailing the trials and tribulations she faced while getting sober. Before reprising her role as Stephanie Tanner in 2016, she worked at a Los Angeles drug rehab center and got her degree as a drug and alcohol counselor.
“Happiness isn’t about the events going on in your life; it’s about how you handle them. It’s about falling down and standing up straighter than you did before. It’s about realizing that nothing comes easy.” - unSweetined
2. Kristin Davis
Kristin Davis, famous for portraying Charlotte York on HBO’s hit series Sex and the City, has been sober from alcohol since she was 22 (over 30 years!). In an interview with Barbara Ellen for the Guardian, she says that drinking was counterproductive to what she was wanting to do with her life. So she chose her life over drinking.
“Sometimes it would be nice to just have some red wine with dinner, but it's not worth the risk. I have a great life, a great situation. Why would I want to risk self-destructive behavior? Even though I might not, I might , do you know what I'm saying? You just never know.” - The Guardian interview
3. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper, known for his roles in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Wedding Crashers, and The Hangover, has been sober since 2004. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter in 2012, Cooper talks about how if he had continued to drink he would have ruined his life. Since getting sober, he says that he has rediscovered himself and learned more about being himself.
“...the one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens.” - GQ Interview
4. Keith Urban
Keith Urban took the country world by storm in 1999. However throughout the 90’s and well into his career, he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. After multiple stints at rehab centers, his wife, Nicole Kidman, staged an intervention for him in 2006, where he checked himself into the Betty Ford center for a 3-month inpatient stay. Since then, Urban has remained sober and credits Kidman with being his inspiration and salvation.
“Life’s about crossroads,” he says. “You can choose life or you can go the other way…. It’s not a matter of all the intricate stuff in between. It’s just life or no life.” - People Magazine interview
5. Chyler Leigh
Best known for her role as Lexie Grey on the hit series, Grey’s Anatomy, Chyler Leigh has been sober from alcohol and drugs since 2002. Her and actor husband, Nathan West, both succumbed to addiction when they were in their late teens, using anything and everything to get high. When filming Not Another Teen Movie in 2001, the director pulled her aside to ask if she was eating. Extremely thin from drug abuse, and suffering from IBS, she knew then that she had to make a change.
A friend invited her and West to a local church, where Leigh says after attending regularly she realized “there was so much more to life.”
“It was like when the light switches on; you can’t see something the same way again. We made the decision to quit everything. I wouldn’t say [we recovered] overnight. We knew what we wanted, and we worked hard for it. We had great support in each other.” - People Magazine interview
Zac Efron, known for his roles in the High School Musical series, is open and honest about his sobriety from alcohol. In an interview with E! News, he talks about joining Alcoholics Anonymous, seeing a therapist, and the never-ending struggle that comes with addiction. He attended rehab in 2013 and has remained sober ever since. He says he has structure, eats healthy, works out daily, and goes to bed by 9PM every day.
“What I found is structure. That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in. There was a moment when my morning routine was, like, Get up and Google yourself. But that stopped, dramatically and instantly, probably three years ago. I realized that viewing yourself through other people's pictures is not living your own life. I wasn't really being myself.” - when asked how sobriety has changed his life, Elle interview
7. Joe Manganiello
The Magic Mike and True Blood star is very open about his early struggles with alcohol addiction. In his book, Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down the Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted, he talks about his alcohol abuse and how during a period of four years he knew he needed to get sober. During his 20’s, Manganiello has said that he was jobless, homeless, and careless due to his addiction. He is currently 14 years sober.
“It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out… My life was ruined. I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober].” - Huffpost Live
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