People from all different walks of life struggle with addiction — whether they're doctors, lawyers, students, stay-at-home moms, professional athletes or performers. And while some struggle in silence for many years, it's important for them to know that they're not alone.
The more we talk about addiction, the easier it is for people to find help — and these celebrities have decided to share their stories of addiction throughout the years. From Wendy Williams to Oprah Winfrey and Britney Spears to Elton John, their experiences and openness have become an important part of the conversation, but it just goes to show that addiction does not discriminate and struggling with addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. It's a human experience that, in order to beat, one must first face head-on.
Click through our slideshow of celebrities who've struggled with drug and alcohol addictions — and don't even be afraid to reach out for help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can get help by calling the Drug Addiction Hotline at 1-877-813-5721.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2015.