Celebrities often find themselves surrounded by drugs and alcohol. Sadly, these vices run side-by-side with the business. So for those who aren't able to stay away from these habits, it’s always great to hear stories about how they’ve cleaned up their act and are now sober. Check out 10 celebs that have made us proud:
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The former LA Ink star celebrated six years of sobriety on July 7. Her relationship with Deadmau5 may have ended, but she clearly has an amazing relationship with herself. She tweeted this image along with a message saying, "Today, marks my 6th year of sobriety! Yay for not being a drunken a**hole!! :)"
She’s the Puerto Rican Rihanna look alike on Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta that you either love or hate. Hernandez has always been very vocal about her past, including her days of prostitution, stripping and drug use. Now the aspiring singer is busy trying to make it to the top and convincing Stevie J to put a ring on it.
He called himself “the Lonely Stoner” on his hit single “Day and Night,” but on April Fools Day 2011, Cudi announced on his Tumblr page that he was going to quit smoking marijuana.
“This is not a joke. I know most of you wanna see me all drugged out and f----d up and I know misery loves company, but I’m sorry those days are over,” Cudi wrote. “I had a good run, Amsterdam and all. I’m happy being sober. I’m happy being a new me.”
Believe it or not, The Black Eyed Peas belleza used to be a heavy meth addict. Fergie wanted to become a solo artist, but didn’t know how to tell her former Wild Orchid band mates. So what did she do? She turned to drugs.
“What I should have done was said, ‘Girls, it’s really time for me to go on my own. I need to fulfill this dream of mine to have a solo album.’ And I didn’t know how to do that,” she said. “I didn’t know how to deal with that confrontation. So I started going out and taking Ecstasy and from Ecstasy I went to crystal meth.”
After sitting in church one day and having her mind play tricks on her, Fergie quit. And now she’s one of the most successful mommies-to-be in Hollywood.
The 72-year-old battled a heavy alcohol addiction many years ago. At the age of 36, he suffered a heart attack due to massive alcohol intake. Now the Anger Management star is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards winner and is one of the reasons his son Charlie Sheen fought back against his addictions.
Sheen was un serious mess for a while! With the help of his father Martin, Charlie began turning his life around. “I did what any parent would do in the circumstances,” Martin said. “You could not do that and say you loved a child. His life was at stake.”
She dabbled with heroin, cocaine and heavy drinking throughout her teen years. But in 2006, after being arrested for possession of heroin, Richie entered rehab and completed a drug diversion program. The Fashion Star judge has since cleaned up her act – and quite nicely we might add.
Aguilera became quite the party animal after stripping away her Mouseketeer image. It has been said that her hard partying also came with hard drugs and tons of alcohol. In 2002, the singer was even kicked out of Hollywood’s Standard Hotel for one of her out-of-control parties. But the 32-year-old Staten Island native has left those days behind and is fully focused on her career and being a mom.
The Cuban American actress entered a Utah rehab facility in 2008 for substance abuse problems. Her rep said in a statement that Mendes had been "working hard for the past year and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support."
It came as a shock when they announced Lovato was headed for rehab. Nobody knew that the 20-year-old singer was battling so many demons, including a drug and alcohol addiction. But we’re so proud of her for coming such a long way in such a short time.
"Being a celebrity can be dangerous," she said. "Nobody says 'no'. That's why so many end up overdosing and dying. It could definitely have happened to me."
Lovato added, "I'm not saying I'm perfect, or fixed, but I am learning to love and accept myself. My outlook is more positive and I am happy.”