The last two years have taken a toll on people around the world. The term “pandemic drinking” emerged, with many turning to alcohol as a way of spending too much time at home, numbing the stress and forgetting the state of the world. Supermodel Bella Hadid is the latest celebrity to take an introspective look at her own relationship with alcohol and admit there’s a better way to live.
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Hadid isn’t the only celebrity to stumble in her sobriety. Like regular people, celebrities face stress and situations that test their commitment to staying sober. Rather than feel embarrassed when they relapse, these celebrities picked themselves up and recommitted their sobriety because remembering a relapse is part of recovery.
In conversation with InStyle MagazineHadid talks about her unhealthy relationship with alcohol, how it affected her depression and anxiety, and how she “made brain care my number one priority.”
“Although I rarely get ‘drunk’ anymore, I’ve stopped drinking hard alcohol completely… I’ve learned what my body can and can’t handle.”
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Hadid worked closely with Bloom, a non-alcoholic energy drink, to create the perfect blend to help others who might not drink but want a healthy rosé alternative. Positive side? No more hangover.
Macklemore revealed he’s been sober since 2008, and in the summer of 2020, when we were all locked in our homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, like many people, he turned to alcohol to deal with the stress and boredom to become , and the fear of this time.
In conversation with persons in January 2022 he said: “It was really painful for me and for the people who loved me. I stopped doing the work,” he said at the time. “If I have to be still and exist in my own head, that’s where my illness lives… [But] I say, ‘You know what? I don’t have to pretend to be a perfect guy in recovery. I’m not at all, and there’s no shame.”
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The rapper posted a video on his @mackelmore Tik Tok account in which he admitted he has relapsed. However, as of this video, he has been sober for 694 days – a full year and a half. It’s an achievement to be proud of. Recovery from addiction is one day at a time. It is a disease and must be treated as such in any approach to sobriety.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. had an infamous battle with drugs, alcohol and sobriety. He was arrested several times for drug offenses from 1996 to 2001. He was found to have been in possession of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana on a number of occasions (before it was legal in California). He went to rehab several times and after getting out he kept relapsing. In April 1996, he was pulled over for speeding in Los Angeles and at the time was in possession of heroin, cocaine and a loaded pistol. He was arrested.
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When he was released a month later, he was under the influence of drugs and entered his neighbor’s house and fell asleep in his bed. He received three years probation and had to undergo regular court-ordered drug tests. He missed one of those tests and was sent to prison for six months in 1997.
This happened again in 1999 and he was sentenced to three years in prison. He has been sober since at least 2003 and credits his wife with helping him get and stay sober. Since being sober, Downey Jr. has reinvigorated his career, playing Iron Man among many other roles in the hit franchise.
Demi Lovato has struggled with drugs and alcohol since childhood. Lovato’s first trip to rehab was in 2010. They entered a sober house in 2013 to cope with her drug and alcohol problems, as well as her eating disorder and bipolar disorder. In 2018, via their ballad “Sober,” Lovato revealed they had been sober for six years. A month after the song’s release, Lovato was hospitalized after an overdose nearly killed her.
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They were in the hospital for two weeks and then in rehab for three months. During an episode of the YouTube series dancing with the devil Lovato said: “I’ve had three strokes, I’ve had a heart attack. My doctors said I had five to 10 minutes left.” Today, Lovato calls themselves “California sober” because they drink in moderation and smoke marijuana.
Miley Cyrus struggled with drugs and alcohol but was six months sober in June 2020 and feeling great. And then the pandemic lockdowns kicked in and life ground to a halt for everyone, even a wealthy superstar.
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In conversation with Elle UK, The “Wrecking Ball” singer said, “I like a lot of people, to be honest with you, who have fallen out during the pandemic … and I would never sit here and say, ‘I was f***ing sober.'” She addressed that Alcohol to take the edge off during lockdown. Luckily for Miley, that didn’t last and she sobered up in early November 2020.
Kelly Osbourne had a long battle with an addiction to painkillers that sent her to rehab three times before she was 24. In 2004 she went to Promises in Malibu for the first time. In 2005, she returned to rehab. Then, when she moved to LA in 2009, she relapsed. she said persons then: “I couldn’t see into the morning … It’s so embarrassing how many times I’ve thrown myself down the stairs … and injured myself to get pills.”
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In April 2021, she relapsed after nearly four years of sobriety. She revealed this in an Instagram story, saying: “It’s a little bit hard for me to talk about this but… I’ve relapsed… but I’m back on track… I’m sober today and I’ll be sober tomorrow.” , but it’s really just one day at a time.”
Newlywed Ben Affleck has struggled with sobriety over the years and suffered multiple relapses. In 2019, he had been sober for a year and had a very public relapse, having been in and out of rehab for the few years prior.
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His relapse happened two months after he had been sober for a year. He was seen tripping while returning to the home of his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. TMZ was out the house with a camera and Affleck said, “It happens, it’s a slip, but I’m not going to let myself slip.” His ex-wife helped him get back on track.
Dax Shepherd was sober for 16 years after struggling with alcohol and cocaine problems. In August 2020, he was involved in a motorcycle accident and was prescribed the pain reliever Vicodin for the pain caused by the four broken ribs caused by the accident. This led to a relapse. During an episode of his podcast armchair experthe said he takes eight 30mg Vicodin pills a day and keeps it a secret from everyone.
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“I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad payout. And I’m starting to get really scared and I’m starting to feel really lonely. And I just have this tremendous secret.” He admitted he was high on Vicodin at the gathering celebrating his 16-year sobriety. When the podcast aired in September 2020, he had sought help and had been sober for 11 days.
These celebs might make it seem easy to get sober, but each one struggled, persevered, and thrived. They teach us this change is possible and introspection is sometimes necessary to ultimately become the best version of ourselves.