Sober Celebrities: 5 Former Addicts Who Have Stayed Clean

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death by presumed heroin overdose earlier this month put the spotlight on celebrity drug and alcohol addiction. After 23 years of sobriety, Hoffman relapsed in 2012 and died in early 2014, making people wonder whether sobriety and celebrity life is incompatible.

Despite the high-profile drug and alcohol addiction that’s splashed across the headlines each week, there are stars in Hollywood who haven’t succumbed to their addictions after years of sobriety. Here are a few sober celebrities that we applaud for their commitment to sobriety.

Sober Celebrities

Robert Downey Jr.

The son of a drug addict, Robert Downey Jr. began taking drugs at just 8 years old. After countless arrests for possession of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, the Iron Man star was able to kick his drug addiction thanks to rehabilitation and determination. His career has been quite impressive since he dropped the habit, and he tops the list of highest-paid male actors in Hollywood.


Oprah has admitted to using cocaine in her 20s under the influence of a shady boyfriend. She has since stayed clean and gone on to build the media empire that we’re all familiar with.

Robin Williams

Comedian Robin Williams has a past that’s not so laughable. His drug of choice was cocaine. After the death of close friend John Belushi and the birth of his own son, Williams knew it was time to fight drug addiction. He has also struggled with alcoholism, but got his addiction under control thanks to rehab.

Jamie Lee Curtis

The Halloween actress grew addicted to painkillers at age 35 following a routine surgery. She has also admitted to using heavy drinking as a coping mechanism. 14 years sober, Curtis has said that “recovery is the single greatest accomplishment of my life.”

Rob Lowe

A member of the 80s “Brat Pack,” Parks and Recreation star Lowe was once known for his hard partying ways. His substance abuse was punctuated with a sex tape scandal in 1988. Now sober for 20+ years, Lowe has admitted that he “enjoyed” rehab because he was ready to go and get clean.

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