Famous Opiate Addicts and Their Stories of Recovery

Drugs like heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco, morphine, codeine, and other painkillers fall into the drug category of opiates. People in the public eye have been notoriously linked to opiate addiction, many losing the battle with drug abuse, while others have put in the work to get clean and sustain a life of recovery.

Robert Downey, Jr.’s struggle with heroin, and cocaine, addiction has been heavily publicized. His acting career and his personal life suffered. After numerous arrests, jail time, rehab stints, lost jobs, and personal consequences, Robert Downey Jr. seemed doomed to jail or death. Something eventually clicked for him, though, and he is now clean.

In 2004, Robert Downey, Jr. told Oprah Winfrey that, “I finally said, ‘You know what? I don’t think I can continue doing this.’ And I reached out for help, and I ran with it… You can reach out for help in kind of a half-assed way, and you’ll get it, and you won’t take advantage of it. It’s not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems… what’s hard is to decide to actually do it.”

Matthew Perry is another example of a talented actor who reached success in his field, but could not stay away from opiates. Vicodin was Perry’s drug of choice, which lead him to several hospitalizations and stints in substance abuse rehab.

Matthew says that he was drinking heavily for a number of years, and then he transitioned to prescription drugs to slow down the drinking. After too much time addicted to Vicodin, in an effort to not drink, Matthew Perry knew he needed help. He called his parents, and treatment centers, and checked himself into a rehab facility in Los Angeles, California. He has been clean and sober since 2011.

Other famous opiate addicts like Kelly and Jack Osbourne, Nicole Richie, Winona Ryder, Eminem, and Jamie Lee Curtis have publicly shared their stories of recovery from opiate addiction.

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