16 Celebrities Living a Sober Lifestyle
Addiction does not discriminate. These sixteen celebrities have made the choice to be open and honest about their sober lifestyles and that is teetotally awesome. When I started researching celebrities that have struggled with alcohol addiction, the headlines were EVERYWHERE. The struggle was visible, but there was a lack of publicity for the recovery. I blog because I want change, and today change comes in the form of publicizing celebrities for their recovery and not for their addiction. Where drama sells on other websites, the sobrietal fixing of drama is becoming the headline at soberupbuttercup.com. What does this say about the world? We're a'changin' it.
In addiction, these celebrities spoke to me with their fear, their inability to manage their feelings, their doom, their habitual isolated drinking, their self-esteem, etc. But, guess where my "me, too" is now. It is in our ability to see beauty, strength and happiness in our sober lifestyles. It is in our want for others to know it is ok to seek help.
" I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step."
He decided to walk away from booze because he didn’t “want to live that way anymore.”
“What made me stop? I realised it was not going to end well.
“I was so concerned with how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me.”
"I found myself drinking two bottles of wine on the couch and I said, 'Jada, I think we've got a problem here,'" she has said. "I had problems with alcohol and I really had to get in contact with the pain, whatever that is, and then I had to get some other tools in how to deal with the pain. From that day on I went cold turkey; I haven't had a drink in eight years."
“I got to a point in my late thirties where I was a bit overweight, I didn’t have a lot of self-esteem, I was unfit, and I thought, ‘This isn’t a way forward for me.’ I realised what made me happy, and taking drinking out of the equation helped with that.”
“I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone. I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic — it wasn’t me. I’m a fun, polite person and it turned me into a rude bore.”
"You drink a beer and think nothing of it. It was a culture that was so different. Without even knowing it, it became just a big part of my life to the point where ... I decided that I needed to go and get help."
“I am very serious about no drugs, no alcohol. Life is too beautiful.”
“I don’t drink or smoke or have caffeine. That really wrecks your skin as you get older.”
“One or two drinks was never enough for me. I was a foot-on-the-floor-all-the-way drinker, so it had to go. I don’t miss it. Now it’s as if I never had a drink in my life. At one point, I could never have conceived going out and not drinking but, as time goes on, you lose the urge and the insecurity that often makes people drink in the first place.”
"I was drinking up to more than two bottles of wine a night," she said. "Yes, by myself. It was my son Michael who saw me refilling my glass and said point blank, 'Mommy, you are not going to drink anymore, are you?' It was at that moment—August 9, to be exact—I knew I had to get sober. I haven’t had a drink since."
“For about ten years, I’ve been pretty much not drinking. I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking, but it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life.”
“I wasn’t someone who could smoke or drink in moderation, and I recognised that those things would kill me. I started visualising the doctor telling me that I had cancer from smoking or that I was extremely ill because of how much I’d been drinking. What kind of regret would I have if I had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of something I could have done something about? I didn’t want to be that kind of man.”
"From an outsider's perspective, it would seem like I had it all. It was actually a very lonely time for me because I was suffering from alcoholism," he has said. "It was going on before Friends, but it's a progressive disease. Eventually things got so bad I couldn't hide it and everybody knew."
"It was terrible for my family... If I'd picture in my mind a drink -- usually straight out of the -bottle -- I couldn't not do it." Today, he tries to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every morning.
What is the common theme?
Our lives are better without it.
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