When you watch a television show or film that deals with addiction, you might find yourself more on the side of the person struggling with addiction than you do the individual’s loved one. This might be a sign that you need to seek treatment for your own addiction, but you may feel a little nervous because you don’t know what to expect. Watching some great movies about addiction on Netflix like Smashed or Candy can show you more about how addiction affects you and all your loved ones. You should also look at some celebrities who successfully battled their own demons and overcame their addictions.
Many fans know Jon Hamm as the iconic character Don Draper from the hit television series Mad Men. Jamm received multiple awards for his work on the show, but he struggled with addiction in his personal life. After talking things over with his long-term girlfriend, the actor decided to check himself into a substance abuse treatment center in Connecticut. He successfully completed the 30 day alcohol program and later told reporters that he felt healthier and better about himself.
Actor Zach Efron is just one of many celebrities who gained fame as a child and later struggled as an adult. As one of the stars of the High School Musical franchise, Efron found himself thrust into the limelight as a teenager. After the series ended, he had a hard time landing work as an older actor and reportedly struggled with drug abuse. In 2015, his publicist released a statement that confirmed the actor checked himself into a rehab facility and spent several months recovering from his addictions. As he later starred in a series of films like Bad Grandpa and Neighbors 2, it’s clear the time he spent in the center did him some good.
Long before he won an Academy Award for the hit film Argo, Ben Affleck was an actor and writer. As he gained more fame, he found himself struggling to keep up with the demands Hollywood studios placed upon him. The actor turned to alcohol, but he later admitted that the alcohol took over his life. Affleck entered a Malibu, California treatment center and spent several months working on himself. He bounced back with a string of hit movies that established him as one of the top directors in the world and starred in the hit Batman vs. Superman film.
County music fans know singer Keith Urban for his hit songs, but the musician had a number of problems in his personal life. Not long after he exchanged vows with Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman, Urban admitted that he was an alcoholic. His wife stood by him and supported him when he checked into a treatment center and overcame his addiction. Urban later became one of the more popular judges on the hit reality show American Idol and welcomed a new child with his wife.
Eric Dane became one of the top stars of the medical series Grey’s Anatomy, had a beautiful wife at home and was the father of several children, but he had a secret that he hid from the world. The actor suffered from an addiction to prescription painkillers. Doctors prescribed the medication to help him deal with the pain he experienced after an injury, but Dane found himself taking more than he should and eventually became dependent on those drugs. The actor completed treatment in an inpatient facility in 2011 and now says that it was one of the best decisions he ever made.
Whether you know Chevy Chase from his time on Saturday Night Live, as the star of the hit National Lampoon film series or as one of the actors on the show Community, you may not know that he suffered from an addiction to prescription drugs early in his career. The actor took prescription painkillers so often that he admits he barely remembers some of his early roles. After completing rehab in 1986, he successfully weaned himself off the drugs and now lives a much happier and healthier life.
Reading about these celebrity success stories might inspire you to seek treatment too. Getting through drug detox is much easier when you have a licensed doctor and health care professionals by your side. Find a treatment center today that offers an inpatient or outpatient program that will help you overcome your own addictions.