Celebrities often have addictions, eating disorders, depression or other illnesses that they try to keep hush-hush. It’s usually pretty difficult to keep those types of incidents under wraps. Sometimes, however, a celebrity manages to get help without it being splashed on the covers of the magazines and newspapers. The following celebrities managed to do just that – at least for a while: 10 celebrities you didn’t know went to rehab.
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Actor Colin Farrell checked into rehab in December 2005 for an addiction to recreational drugs and painkillers, but managed to not have his name splashed across the front pages for very long. He has remained sober ever since, and has come out about his addiction. He said he worried he would lose his acting abilities without the aids of narcotics. “I was terrified (of being sober) because, I’m not saying I was a great actor before or a great actor since, but I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor beforehand, however little or large – it would completely disappear.”
In early January 2014, pop singer Ke$ha checked herself into rehab for an undisclosed eating disorder, and remained there for more than a month. The rehab facility was the same one that fellow pop icon Demi Lovato famously went to for her eating disorder and drug addiction. Ke$ha released a statement saying she wanted to “learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”
It’s hard to picture the Harry Potter star struggling with a drinking problem, but Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about his alcohol dependence following his fame — a problem many young stars seem to face. He says he has since kicked the addiction and now remains sober. Reflecting on his struggles, Radcliffe said, “I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff. There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”
Few people may know that the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was sent to rehab by his father back in 2002 — for a grand total of one whole day. The move was most likely more of a warning than anything else — the prince was quickly developing an international reputation for his hard-partying ways. Given that he still makes headlines for his antics at clubs and parties, it doesn’t seem as if the punishment worked.
Following her very public split from Ashton Kutcher in November 2011, actor Demi Moore checked into the Cirque Lodge in Utah in 2012 for rumored anorexia and addiction to prescription pain pills. The move came after she was hospitalized for inhaling nitrous oxide – commonly known as whip-its.
In 2001, movie heartthrob Ben Affleck checked himself into rehab following a drug bender in Las Vegas. In an interview later, he admitted that he was “just one bad night away from a big E! True Hollywood Story,” and took steps to correct his problem. Since then, he has won an Oscar for his critically acclaimed film, “Argo,” and starred in other hits, so it seems that it worked out alright.
Angelina Jolie had a bit of a wild past, but entered rehab years ago and has since changed her image from party girl to star actress, international humanitarian and mommy. But reflecting on her partying days, Jolie confessed in a 2008 interview, “I’ve done just about every drug possible. Coke, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, everything…Those drugs can be dangerous…I gave them up long ago.”
Jamie Lee Curtis has reflected on her impressive career, but maintains that her recovery from drug addiction remains her most impressive accomplishment to date. The actress faced her addiction to prescription painkillers more than a decade ago, and has since become a role model for healthy lifestyle seekers.
In 2008, Kirsten Dunst checked herself into the Cirque Lodge in Utah for depression, and attempted to “come to terms with her ‘personal demons.’” Having found fame at a young age, she maintained that she did not have an addiction problem, but rather was having other difficulties. In an interview, she revealed, “I know what it’s like to lose yourself, to no longer know the difference between right or wrong.”
Source: Blackbook Magazine
Following a surfing accident in December 2011, Butler found that his use of pain killers began to spiral out of control. He had previously been prescribed medication for chronic pain associated with other injuries. The actor checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in February 2012 to kick the habit, and opened up about the process several months later. “I was actually taking a minimal amount of pills when I went in. It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you.” Butler also maintain he has’t had a drink in more than 15 years — impressive for somebody on the Hollywood scene.
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