Celebrities Get Sober Too?
Sober celebrities live amongst us. Many people struggle to recognize the enormous impact of addiction and how prominent addiction and recovery are in mainstream media and music. Sober celebrities that we have come to know and love for their talents, without maybe realizing the stories behind the scenes. When it comes to recovery and addiction, there is no discrimination. Generally, it can be hard to see the gravity of addiction when alcohol and drug use become glorified in mainstream music, movies, and media. They seem happy, and they have success and fame! They are in movies and signing record deals!
Unfortunately, there is a harsh reality that can be difficult to accept and understand; addiction does not discriminate and does not care how famous you are or what you have accomplished. Addiction also does not care how much money you have or how good you may look on paper; it can and will impact anyone. However, sobriety and recovery can also be attained and is not discriminating! So, let’s look at some sober celebrities and the incredible journey they call recovery.
You may recognize the name Brandon Novak if you were familiar with MTV in the 2000s. He became famous as the result of the MTV show Viva La Bam or the movie series Jackass. You may also remember that Brandon Novak was a professional skateboarder that toured with Tony Hawk at the young age of 14. Brandon is also a New York Times bestselling author of the book Dreamseller, which is an autobiography detailing his struggles from addiction and transition into recovery.
Brandon’s drug addiction has been made public through the various shows, movies, and tours he was involved in; however, his sobriety and recovery journey serves as a testament to the fact that anyone can get sober. As a result of struggling with addiction for years, Brandon now clean since May 2015, is a sober celebrity that gives his time to helping others. Additionally, you could even catch him on tour being a motivational speaker.
Inspiring Sober Celebrities: Brené Brown
Brené Brown is known as a social work researcher in the fields of courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is also a research professor at Houston University in Texas, a podcast host, and the author of not one, but five #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to research, writing, and teaching, Brown has been sober since May 12, 1996! She also has a documentary out on Netflix titled The Call to Courage that details her own experiences and what it takes to choose courage in your life.
Brené speaks openly about what sobriety means to her and how she has been able to accomplish personal and professional success through living a life of recovery. Generally, Brené Brown tops the list of most inspiring sober celebrities.
Resilient Sober Celebrities: Macklemore
Macklemore is an exceedingly popular music artist that has been open about his struggle with addiction and sobriety. He admitted into substance abuse treatment in 2008 and celebrated three years of sobriety before relapsing. As a result, he realizes in his music that there being a “face” to recovery creates complex issues, because people may relapse. He also released a song titled “Otherside” in 2010 that describes his struggle in addiction.
Additionally, his song “Starting Over” released in 2012 is an emotional expression of the shame that comes from a relapse. However, it also speaks to his motivation to continue pursuing his sobriety. His music also shines a light on his gratitude for sobriety. His lyrics and music are also significantly relatable to those struggling with depression and addiction. As a result, Mackelmore tops the list of most resilient sober celebrities!
Grateful Sober Celebrities: Nikki Six (Mötley Crüe)
There is no question that rock music openly glamorizes the use of drugs and alcohol with seemingly no consequences. However, what if you found out one of the most famous proponents of this rock and roll lifestyle was living life sober? Nikki Six, the man who experienced a near-fatal overdose in 1987 when he was pronounced dead for 2 minutes, the bassist of an incredibly successful classic rock band, has been sober since July 2001! Nikki Six openly shares that sobriety has been the greatest gift he has ever received. As a result, Nikki tops the list of most grateful sober celebrities!
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Sober celebrities prove that recovery is possible regardless of your current situation. As a result, these sober celebrities do not have to use drugs or alcohol to be creative, have fun, or enjoy life. Thus, many inspiring, innovative, successful, happy artists in this world are clean and sober. These sober celebrities are only a few of those who proudly exclaim the positive gifts that sobriety has brought them. Their stories show that overcoming addiction and leading a life of sobriety can be the most inspirational message of all.
If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, you do not have to suffer alone. If you are ready to take the journey towards a life of sobriety, contact us today. We are here to help put you on the right path to enjoying your life.