5 Insights From Celebrities That Are Sober

5 Insights From Celebrities That Are Sober

Celebrities are often criticized for failing as role models. It’s a strange criticism, as most celebrities are not famous for their commitment to leading a healthy way of life. We, as a society, make people famous based on their looks, talents, and even controversy. But then we expect them to take on the mantle that should belong to parents, teachers, and community leaders.

Nonetheless, some celebrities end up being exactly who we need them to be, and it’s not by being perfect. Some of the best celebrity role models can help us precisely because of the mistakes they’ve made.

This is never more evident than with those celebrities who are sober. They have so much to say that can help every one of us make better decisions and lead healthy lives.

The following 5 celebrities have not only gotten sober, but provided us with insights that make them worthy of the mantle of role model.

Carrie Fisher

The woman who rose to fame playing the galaxy’s favorite princess struggled with mental illness and addiction throughout her life. She was very open about it, candidly revealing the details in multiple books and interviews.

When she died at just 60 in December 2016, the world mourned. But despite her untimely death, she left us with a lot of insight into the nature of addiction and how to become sober. One of my favorite Carrie Fisher quotes comes from her book, Wishful Drinking:

“If you have the expectation that you’re going to be happy throughout your life — more to the point, if you have a need to be comfortable all the time — well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.”

A major aspect of addiction is the underlying need to avoid uncomfortable feelings. People suffering with mental illness feel things particularly intensely. They therefore search for ways to numb or distract themselves. Without dealing with the root cause, addiction is always going to rear its ugly head.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand made a name for himself as someone who lives life according to his own terms. Unfortunately, his own terms included a lot of drugs and alcohol. Now fourteen years sober, he has some incredible insight into his disease.

The following quote is very helpful for understanding an important aspect about recovery:

“Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution.”

Similar to Carrie Fisher, Brand recognizes that his problem is with what he expects from reality and how he deals with it. Drugs and alcohol are a solution, but a temporary one that will lead to far worse things.

What’s important is that we understand that an addict cannot simply stop using substances. They need to replace this ineffective solution with methods that work and are sustainable. Going it alone is so difficult for this reason. Without dealing with the root of the problem, you’re simply taking away your (faulty) coping mechanism.

Robert Downey Jr

Currently enjoying tremendous success as Marvel’s Iron Man, RDJ’s early career was interrupted time and again by his struggles with substance abuse. He has been sober for 17 years now, but not all is peachy. His son has had his own struggles with substance use.

The actor has commented on this, saying:

“Pick a dysfunction and it’s a family problem. You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods. Can you help someone get out of those woods? Yes, you can. By not getting lost looking for them.”

The unfortunate truth is that families are not left unscathed by one member’s addiction. Addiction creates chaos. The sufferer lies and manipulates his or her family, who in trying to help inevitably end up enabling or becoming codependent. This is the nature of the disease, not a judgment on the family.

As Robert Downey Jr says, you can’t help them by getting lost in the woods with them. But there chances are much higher if you’re recovering with them, turning the home into a healthy environment, rather than the triggering place it has inevitably become.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has rightly received praise for her commitment to opening up about her mental health struggles and her alcoholism and drug addiction. She grew up unlike most children, as a household name, living the life of the rich and famous. This led to her developing an eating disorder and trying to deal with the pressures of her life by using substances.

She has a lot to say about addiction and mental illness, and her documentary about her life is full of wisdom beyond her years. The following short quote, about one of her stays in a rehab facility, says a lot about what’s necessary for dealing with addiction:

“I had all the help in the world, but I didn’t want it.”

No matter how many people are on your side, no matter how much money is put into recovery, addiction cannot be beaten unless the person has the will to recover. Our minds are incredibly powerful, but that power is worth nothing if the one wielding it chooses not to put it to use.

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe chose to get sober over 25 years ago. Like Demi Lovato, the actor struggled with the pressures of fame from an early age, and used substances as a way of coping. But after recognizing the damage he was doing to himself and his loved ones, he worked on his sobriety and found success.

I’ll leave you with this tweet he shared in 2016, one of the most important insights we can learn about addiction:

“To those struggling with addiction, there is true, real, hope. Twenty-five years ago today, I found recovery and a life of promise.”

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