6 Celebrities Winning The Battle Against Drugs & Alcohol

By Felicia O'Garro Updated at 2012-04-17 10:57:47 +0000

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Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is never easy, and can be extremely difficult to deal with when you’re in the public eye. Despite the fame and fortune many celebrities' lives have fallen apart right in front of our eyes, due to their battles. And most recently we sadly said goodbye to one of the best voices of all-time, Whitney Houston, because of her struggles with addiction.

Although the battle continues to be an ongoing one for many in Hollywood, there are some who seem to have made it to the otherside. And in lieu of alcohol awareness month, I decided to put together a list of six celebrities who seem to be winning the battle against drugs and alcohol. The list is in no particular.

MIKE TYSON:
We’ve seen the former heavyweight champs’ life spiral out of control several times throughout the years, due to his addiction. And, we’ve heard his confessions about the wild parties, prostitutes and his legendary cocaine binges. But despite all the drama and his recent comments about George Zimmerman, he seems to have calmed down a lot.

Last year he revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he has improved his life by being sober. After all of the champs problems with substance abuse, it's great to see him in the position that he is in now.

NICOLE RICHIE:
The Simple Life star's teens and early twenties were very troublesome. In 2003 she was arrested for possessing heroin and in 2006 she was arrested again for driving while under the influence of marijuana and vicodin. At one point it seemed like things were only going to get worse for the television personality, but one day she just cleaned up her act.

The 30-year-old is now married to Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden, has two beautiful children and is a mentor on the new reality show Fashion Star.

EMINEM:
The rapper is one that usually strays away from the public eye, but when it comes to his troubles with addiction he seems to be a little bit more open. The rapper disclosed in several interviews that he was addicted to prescription drugs. He also revealed that he almost died due to an overdose and at one point even thought about committing suicide.

"Rap was my drug ... Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel that. Now rap's getting me high again," the rapper told British talk show host Jonathan Ross. Eminem has proven that rap is definitely his drug of choice again. In 2010 the award winning rapper came back stronger than ever with the release of Recovery, which ended up selling nearly six million copies worldwide.

DREW BARRYMOORE:
The Charlie’s Angels star’s problems with addiction started out much earlier than your average person or celebrity. In 1990 the actress released an autobiography called Little Girl Lost, where she spoke on her troubles with addiction as a child. Also, over the years she’s talked about how she began smoking cigarettes at the age of nine, drinking alcohol at eleven, smoking marijuana at twelve, snorting cocaine at thirteen and her few stints in rehab.

Amazingly, she was able to overcome this powerful addiction at a very young age, and she is currently one of the leading actresses in Hollywood.

FERGIE:
The Dutchess is another celebrity that’s been pretty open about her problems with drugs. "For me, it's something I went through. It's an epidemic, and it's important to talk about it because it's a very, very hard thing to stop," the singer told Times of London. She also revealed in the 2009 interview that her addiction started with ecstasy and then meth became her drug of choice, which ruined her.

But, at that point the singer expressed that she had been sober for over ten years, and today she is still winning the battle. Her successes include being apart of the award winning group, Black Eye Peas, her solo career, fashion line, and marriage to actor Josh Duhamel.

ANGELINA JOLIE:
The actress has been pretty open about the struggles she's experienced with drugs in her teens and twenties. “I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things,” the newly engaged star told 60 Minutes in 2011.

She also admitted that in the past she was a bit unstable, but believes that she is a better human being now. And yes she is! The once lost young adult is now mature, one of the top actresses in Hollywood, a mother of six, humanitarian and engaged to Brad Pitt. So hands down she is definitely winning the battle.

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