Celebrity Drug Abusers

Celebrity Drug Abusers

In Hollywood, it is all too common to hear that another celebrity is struggling with a substance use disorder. Some celebrities have successfully moved through treatment and now are their best selves—talking openly about their struggles with getting clean. Unfortunately, others continue to suffer relapse and in the most extreme cases, die from overdosing on drugs or alcohol. Below is a list of celebrities you may or may not know had a substance use disorder.

Celebrities Who Have Gotten Clean

Demi Lovato

The young star admitted that she struggled with alcohol and cocaine use. She now is recovered and speaks openly about her experience.

Angelina Jolie

The actress and mother of 6 was once addicted to “many” drugs, including heroin. She is now well-known for her global philanthropy efforts.

Nicole Richie

The actress, author, and designer is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie. She was arrested in 2003 for possession of heroin and reportedly used other drugs during her youth. Now she is a successful fashion designer and a mother of 2.

Russell Brand

The famous comedian tried every drug, but heroin was his drug of choice. After going to rehab, he is now somewhat of an advocate to help educate the public about addiction -he even wrote an autobiography about his experience using drugs. He also created a documentary about addiction so that people can better understand it as a serious health issue.

Kelly Osborne

The daughter of Ozzy Osbourne used to be severely addicted to prescription pills. Since recovering from her addiction, the star has written a book about her journey to recovery.

Jamie Lee Curtis

The famous actress admitted to suffering from an addiction to prescription painkillers and that she even stole the drugs from someone in her family. After getting clean, she credits her addiction to helping her turn her life around so she could live a healthy lifestyle. Drew Barrymore drug abuse history

Drew Barrymore

The child star began drinking, smoking, and doing cocaine at a very young age. She now is a successful businesswoman and health advocate.

Samuel L. Jackson

The actor has been sober since 1991 and is open about his struggles with substance abuse. Jackson entered rehab after a "wake-up call" and he has gone on to be extremely successful.

Stephanie Pratt

The television personality wrote a memoir in which she shared her struggle with crystal meth addiction. Pratt was addicted to both meth and cocaine at an early age—starting when she was just 14 years old.


The Black Eyed Peas front-woman has publicly shared that it was during a hard time in her career that she became addicted to crystal meth. The star had a turning point in church and afterwards, she entered rehab to quit using substances.

Jodie Sweetin

The Full House actress has been candid about how abusing cocaine led her to use crystal meth. The childhood star battled both alcohol and drug abuse during her career but is now sober.

Daniel Radcliff

The actor has opened up about how he developed an addiction to alcohol while he was filming the Harry Potter movies. Like many other young actors, Radcliff turned to drinking in order to cope with stress and the pressure of the movie business.

Celebrity Deaths

While many deaths are due to overdose of drugs or alcohol, these drugs are not always involved as the cause of death. Many stars have a history of ongoing substance use that can impact their health and may put them at an increased risk for harm. The following are famous celebrities who have died and also have struggled with substance abuse. Carrie Fisher Drug Abuse and Death

Carrie Fisher

The Star Wars actress died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack, but she was well-known for speaking out about her personal struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol as well as her bipolar disorder. The actress struggled with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorder for most of her life.

George Michael

The pop idol died at the age of 53 from heart failure. The star reportedly struggled with a substance use disorder and used heroin.

Jose Fernandez

The baseball player was killed during a boating accident at the age of 24. Although Fernandez was not in any type of drug rehab, according to the autopsy, he had cocaine and high levels of alcohol in his system the night of the accident.


The music icon died at the age of 57 from an opioid overdose. The star accidently overdosed on fentanyl—a drug that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 50–100 times more potent than morphine.

Kimbo Slice

The famous MMA heavyweight fighter died at the age of 42 from heart failure. The fighter was known for battling an addiction to steroids and cocaine.

Amy Winehouse

The singer and songwriter died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning. The singer spoke openly about her experience in treatment programs for her eating disorder as well as her addiction to drugs and alcohol. After her death, The Amy Winehouse Foundation was created with a mission to prevent drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Drug Abuse and Death The singer died at the age of 50 from a drug overdose. When he died, there were a number of anti-depressants and a powerful anesthetic (propofol) found in his system. The doctor who administered the drugs to Jackson was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Entering treatment and getting the help you need can save your life. If you are thinking of stopping your drug or alcohol use, give us a call today to speak to a recovery support advisor. We are available 24/7 to help you find the best treatment center to meet your needs. Image Sources: All images were acquired via Wikimedia Commons. Drew Barrymore photo from GlynLowe.com, licensed under CC 2.0. Michael Jackson photo by Alan Light, licensed under CC 2.0. Carrie Fisher photo by Riccardo Ghilardi, licensed under CC-SA 3.0.