Sobriety is a life-changing journey that takes time, commitment, and support from loved ones to achieve.
For many people – including celebrities and household names – sobriety involves recovery from judgment, relationship breakdowns, and traumatic events.
In this article, we will discuss some of the most famous people who have said no to drugs and alcohol, and exactly what they have to say about their journeys to journey to sobriety!
1. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj – perhaps one of the most famous rappers of our time – has spoken about her sober lifestyle, quoting, “I used to be happy when I was high. Now I’m happy when I’m sober”.
She also spoke about her son as being a great positive influence on her lifestyle choices.
2. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper, a world-famous actor and heartthrob who has been living sober for almost 2 decades, stated, “I got sober at 29 years old, and I’ve been sober for 19 years” after fighting addiction for years.
When asked about his sobriety and addiction battles in an interview, he said that during addiction he had “zero self-esteem” and consistently felt “worthless”.
He now talks about how lucky he feels to be living soberly, and how positive it has been for his career and family.
3. Kit Harrington
Kit Harrington, known for his role as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, struggled with alcohol abuse for years.
After this dark time, he attended a rehabilitation clinic where he began to heal from his addiction.
He has since this time been sober, and quoted that “I have a child and my relationship is brilliant…I’m a very, very happy, content, sober man.”
4. Demi Lovato
Singer Demo Lovato has struggled with addiction, especially under the glaring gaze of the public.
She has publicly spoken about her turbulent relationship with alcohol and drugs and has made a documentary explaining her substance use, as well as the journey to sobriety.
Since her near-fatal overdose a few years ago, she has been on a steady journey towards a sober lifestyle.
She first dipped her toes by trying to be ‘Californian sober’ before deciding to become completely abstinent, saying, “You shouldn’t get sober for other people. You have to do it for yourself.”
5. Jack Harlow
Rapper Jack Harlow has spoken about his decision to become sober in 2021 to help with his health and creative spirit.
When asked about his decision to become sober, he said, “I was sick of waking up with a dry throat, sick of feeling bloated, and sick of the decisions I make on it”.
Since his decision to live a sober life, he has made better decisions and implemented daily routines including work, exercise, and socializing that help him live “the richest life I can”.
6. Rumer Willis
Actress Rumer Willis, daughter of the world-famous Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has spoken about her lifestyle after being sober for 5 years.
She mentioned that her mother’s near-fatal relapse in 2012 was the main driver to help her become sober.
Since then, Rumer Willis has made a conscious decision to become sober alongside the rest of her family, saying, “The most amazing thing about this journey for us as a family is that in a lot of ways it has allowed for a different level and depth of communication that I don’t know we would have had otherwise”.
7. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delivnge, an actress and model known for her great sense of humor, has publicly faced addiction struggles.
When paparazzi photos showed her struggling with substance abuse around her 30th birthday, she said she was overwhelmingly ashamed.
She told Vanity Fair that she saw it as a wake-up call to take a much-needed step away from alcohol and other drugs she used as a form of escape.
She had struggled with alcohol since a child, mentioning that she took her first drink at 7 years old.
She quoted that while taking substances, she would “put myself in danger in those moments because I don’t care about my life… It’s a scary thing to the people around you who love you.”
She’s since spoken openly about her commitment to recovery, which while arduous and time-intensive, is extremely worthwhile for her. She has since spent her first New Year sober, with the company of her girlfriend Leah Mason.
8. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell, possibly one of the greatest supermodels of all time, has spoken out about her struggles with drugs including alcohol.
She quotes that during times when she was drinking heavily, she “avoided looking in the mirror because I didn’t like the person who was looking back at me.”
Since then, she has attended rehabilitation facilities and joined Alcoholics Anonymous, which helped her recover from her alcoholism and other drug addictions – allowing her to continue her amazing career.
9. Jessica Simpson
In her memoir “Open Book”, the famous actress and singer discussed her struggles with alcohol and substances and her decision to become sober.
In an Instagram post, she stated that she needed to “brave this world with piercing clarity. Personally, to do this I needed to stop drinking alcohol because it kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction and quite honestly I was exhausted.”
She has since spoken about her anger towards alcohol and the effects it had on her self-esteem.
Jessica Simpson has now been 6 years sober and shares photos of her weight loss since adopting a healthier, more positive lifestyle free of alcohol.
10. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore, an award-winning actress, has been open about her past struggles with substance abuse and her journey to sobriety.
Since giving up alcohol, she said she has “finally become free of the torture of guilt and dysfunction”. She has also said that becoming sober has been “one of the most liberating things in my journey of life”.
She is now host of the successful talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show”, where she has heartfelt conversations with her guests.
11. Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes, jaw-dropping Latina actress and wife of Ryan Gosling has spoken about her stay in rehab for treatment for alcohol addiction, stating “I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to go and face their demons and get better.”