Kanye West, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck — 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.
When celebrities who have struggled with drug or alcohol addiction speak out, they send a powerful message — and Demi Moore, Jessica Simpson, Oprah Winfrey, and more stars have all made that brave choice.
Demi Moore opened up about her addiction struggles on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, letting her daughters speak candidly about how their mother’s addiction had affected them. “It was not the mom that we had grown up with,” Tallulah Willis shared about Moore’s most recent relapse. Talking to Harper’s Bazaar, Moore described the same relapse as “giving my power away,” and vowed to recommit herself to sobriety.
The more stars can help normalize addiction struggles, the easier it is for people to admit they need help and seek treatment. These celebrities and their honesty underline 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 ever 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.