8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions

8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions

Struggling with addictions can affect anyone. Take inspiration from these 8 female celebrities who have beaten their addictions and would never go back, because life has improved greatly since they became sober.

There are common threads which run through their stories. Each has had major challenges to deal with in their lives, whether that has been family issues, dealing with fame and being in the public eye or mental health problems, but they have all come to the realisation that drugs and alcohol do not solve those issues and in fact make it worse.

Davina McCall

One of Britain’s most popular TV presenters, Davina McCall battled against addiction to drugs and alcohol in her younger years, fuelled by a difficult relationship with her mother the need to feel davina-mccall 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictionsgood about herself.
“Drink and drugs helped me feel glacially cool. Drugs helped me stop feeling so insecure about what people thought about me. And I really cared what people thought. So you do things to make people like you, and then sometimes end up being a bit like a performing dog. And sometimes I’d end up playing the fool and then thinking afterwards, God, why did I do that? And that’s self-perpetuating, because then you hate yourself because you did something stupid.”
Sober by the age of 25, Davina quit both drugs and alcohol because the two always went hand in hand, one always leading to the other. Davina has gone on to have a hugely successful career in television.

Denise Welch

Former Loose Women presenter Denise Welch says she used to drink to make herself feel better when suffering from depression but then the depression would last three times as long. DeniseDenise_Welch-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions became teetotal in 2012 and says it was the support of her friend Carol McGiffin and husband Lincoln Townley who helped her through.
‘I was in denial about how much I was upsetting my family. I didn’t like the person I had become.” Since quitting Denise says “I feel so well in myself, much more positive and in control.”

Jamie Lee Curtis

Golden Globe-winning actress and best-selling children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis became addicted to pain killers after a routine cosmetic surgery procedure left here in pain. Since being sober, jamie-lee-curtis-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictionsshe says that she now realises the pain started a long time before that and the drugs and alcohol were just a way to cover that up.
“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life because it broke the cycle of addiction in my family,”
Curtis now publicly campaigns to get addiction recognised as a medical disease and for changes in the way it is treated.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross is an icon of entertainment around the world but her success has not come without its challenges. Ross, who liked to put cognac in her coffee before she walked on stage, went in to diana-ross-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictionsrehab in 2002 after her children became concerned that she was drinking night and day.
Diana Ross does not openly talk about her struggle with addictions to alcohol and painkillers but she is now sober.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore experienced an unconventional childhood, being first put to work at the age of 11 months by her substance abusing parents. At the age of nine her mother used to take her to nightdrew-barrymore-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions clubs up to five times a week and Drew began taking drugs. She had already checked in to a mental health clinic by the age of 13 and was emancipated from her parents at 14.
“ I never want to go back to my old ways. I know that. That is my future. One day at a time.”
Drew now has her own children and does everything she can to make sure that they have a normal childhood.

Kristin Davis

Best known for her role as Charlotte in Sex and the City and nominated for a Golden Globe, Kristin Davis says that she drank to fit in from a very young age.kristin-davis-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions
‘It’s very hard to say a simple answer as to why. Alcoholism is a genetically predisposed disease and it does run in my family. I also think I felt like a misfit. I was in the South, everybody was blonde. I just didn’t feel like I fitted in. It was sort of my way of fitting.’
At the age of 22, she soon realised that if she wanted to pursue her career in acting she would have to quit.
“I realised it was not going to end well. I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, “Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.”

Carrie Fisher

Famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, actress Carrie Fisher was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 29. She was already abusing drugs and alcohol at this stage tocarrie-fisher-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their Addictions try and deal with her own unhappiness, unaware that she had a mental illness. Carrie finally accepted her diagnosis when she had been a year sober and still her behaviour hadn’t calmed down. She now takes prescribed medications and advocates more openness around the subject of mental health illnesses.
“If you’re really uncomfortable emotionally, you want to make your skin just that much thicker. Your fantasy is what drugs and alcohol will do for you.”

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne first rose to prominence as the wild-child daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne she has been treated for addictions to cocaine and prescription medication, among other substances. 400px-Kelly_Osbourne_2009-150x150 8 Female Celebrities Who Have Beaten Their AddictionsShe still admits to having the occasional alcoholic drink but kicked her drug habit six years ago.
“When I think about how much my life has changed for the better and all the things that I’ve overcome, what is the point in going back to that?”

Nick Conn / 14th March 2018/ Posted in: Alcohol

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    Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

    The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

    Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

    • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
    • Lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Diazapam (vailium)

    Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

    There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

    • Naltrexone
    • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
    • Nalmefene
    • Acamprosate (campral)

    Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

    There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

    Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

    A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

    Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

    The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

    Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

    Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

    Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

    *based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

    There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

    If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

    If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

    Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

    How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

    There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

    Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

    There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

    Local treatment

    Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

    Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

    Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

    Treatment Away

    Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

    As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

    When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

    There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

    Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

    There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

    Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

    Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

    Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

    Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

    Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

    Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

    How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

    The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

    Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

    Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

    Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

    You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

    The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0203 955 7700.

    There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.