How to Help Famous Alcoholics & Addicts

How to Help Famous Alcoholics & Addicts

Do You Know These 5 Famous Alcoholics?

Alcoholics and addicts are amazing people. Don’t believe me? Just think about how we try to destroy our bodies with drugs and how we manage to move from the brink of death to the very picture of physical and emotional health.

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It’s safe to say that every addict and alcoholic walking the earth is a miracle. This is true whether they’re in recovery or still in active addiction. That’s a bold statement to make, but hear me out. Take a look at the stories of these five famous alcoholics.

Their experience shows that we can accomplish great things, even if our heads are in the bottle. Of course, it gets much easier to accomplish our goals once we stop drinking and drugging. Still, these men and women are living proof that alcoholics rocks!

Sit back and learn the amazing stories of these famous alcoholics!

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Stephen King

Starting out with a bang, let’s talk about the famous alcoholic known as Stephen King. The celebrated author is best known for chilling horror stories like 1408, Carrie, The Shining, and Joyland.

King also struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout his life. He once famously quipped that cocaine saved him from dying an early alcoholic death. Of course, it also led him to rock bottom. After an emotional intervention in the late 80’s, King got sober. He’s stayed that way ever since.

Today, King is open about his experience with booze and drugs. He’s a shining example (pun certainly intended) of how sobriety can transform our lives for the better.

Betty Ford

Any list of famous alcoholics would be remiss if it didn’t include Betty Ford. Though she’s best known for being the namesake of one of the country’s best treatment centers, her name didn’t always carry with it the sheen of recovery.

Ford, a first-lady and wife of former president Gerald Ford, abused alcohol and prescription opioids throughout the 1960’s and 70’s. Following a late 70’s intervention, Betty sought help and got sober.

The first lady established the Betty Ford Center in 1982. She served on its board of directors for over twenty years, wrote various books about her descent into active addiction and rise to recovery, and championed women’s issues the world over.

Bradley Cooper

It’s pretty well known that Bradley Cooper is a recovering alcoholic. Still, any list of famous alcoholics should include the talented actor.

Cooper drank and abused chemicals well into his twenties. At age twenty-nine, something made Cooper wake up. He reached a bottom, sought help, and had a spiritual awakening. He’s been sober for over a decade and makes no bones about sharing his alcoholic past.


The most famous woman in the world also has a history of drug abuse. Oprah admitted that during the 80’s she dated a man and the two smoked crack cocaine together. Several years later, a former boyfriend of Oprah’s stated that they’d had a drug induced love affair. This allegation has never been proven.

To say Oprah is a beacon of hope in the world is a vast understatement. Her show, magazine, and books have touched the lives of millions, if not billions, of people. She’s truly a remarkable woman.

Add into the mix the fact that she may be a famous alcoholic, recovering of course, and Oprah has a powerful message of hope.

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Mickey Mantle

Any list of famous alcoholics needs to include one of the greatest baseball players to ever step on a diamond. That’s right folks, Mickey Mantle was an alcoholic.

The famous slugger was a heavy drinker for most of his life. Starting during adolescence, booze and baseball went hand-in-hand for Mantle. After retiring, Mantle famously admitted that he was drunk or hung over for many Yankee’s games.

Not only was Mantle himself an alcoholic, but his immediate family also struggled with substance abuse. His wife and four sons all drank and drugged heavily. After they sought treatment in the early 90’s, Mantle was encouraged to do the same.

Extreme alcoholism eventually took its toll on the great ballplayer. He passed away in late 1995 from complications of alcohol abuse.

Helping Famous Alcoholics

All of these famous alcoholics have one thing in common, they react very differently to drugs and alcohol than a “normal” person. Even though they’re celebrities, they’re not spared the great equalizer that is alcoholism.

It’s important to remember that alcohol doesn’t discriminate. If an individual suffers from the disease of alcoholism or addiction, they suffer the same as everyone else with alcoholism or addiction. It doesn’t matter if they’re famous or on skid row. Booze and drugs effect them the same.

So, how can men and women in recovery help their more famous counterparts? Simple. They treat famous alcoholics the same as any other alcoholic. Fame, money, ego…none of that matters. An alcoholic is an alcoholic, nothing more and nothing less.

So, helping a celebrity addict or alcoholic is as simple as helping any other addict or alcoholic. I doubt any of us know a famous alcoholic, but if we do, we treat them the same as anyone else. We treat them with patience, tolerance, and love. We reach out our hand and share our experience, strength, and hope.

It’s that simple, I promise!

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