People from all different walks of life battle 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 many celebrities have decided to share their stories of addiction throughout the years. From Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey to Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, their experiences and openness have become an important part of the conversation. These celebrities and their honesty underlines the fact that addiction doesn’t 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.