17 Hollywood Celebrities Who Were Once Drug Addicts (PHOTOS)

Michele Marin | Aug 19, 2015 Celebrities
17 Hollywood Celebrities Who Were Once Drug Addicts (PHOTOS)

Whether it's the pressure of Hollywood or something in their DNA, celebrities often fall prey to addiction. Sometimes surrounded by enablers who fuel their crazy cravings, weeklong benders, and out-of-control behavior, these famous faces can easily slip into a downward spiral. In some cases, they succumb to their demons, but in others, celebrities seek help, regain control of their lives, and come back better and stronger than ever. 

These 17 celebrities struggled with addiction. Many did multiple stints in rehab and even served jail time. The lucky ones beat their demons and went on to find renewed success, while others are still trying to figure things out.


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  • Lindsay Lohan


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    Unable to steer clear of her partying ways and at times comply with mandatory drug testing, the former tween star has reportedly been a fan of molly and ectasy and has a history of being on a bevy of psych meds.

  • Robert Downey Jr.


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    The highest paid actor for the third year in a row, the Avengers star wasn't always in the spotlight for his onscreen performances. Robert Downey Jr. has been in jail, raced his car drunk down Sunset Boulevard and was once found slumped behind a rat-infested hotel in LA due to his heroin, cocaine and alcohol addiction. Luckily, this talent wasn't wasted, and the star is back on the A list.

  • Angelina Jolie


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    She's a goodwill ambassador involved in humanitarian efforts, a mother to six children, and an off-the-charts director and actress. But the 1990s were a different time for this half of Brangelina. Jolie admits to the darker days of her past in which she struggled with heroin, cocaine, LSD, and did "every drug possible." 

  • Russell Brand


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    At one point in Brand's life, his addiction to heroin and other drugs was the center of his world. But that was years ago, and although the Despicable Me star says that the last time he thought of using was, "yesterday," he has managed to stay clean. Brand has a video of himself slumped against the wall, inhaling dope off crumbled foil, but today he's grateful to be alive. He hopes to help others with a fund he set up and named Give It Up.

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  • Megan Fox


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    The stunningly beautiful Transformers star says, " I know about five people who aren’t on drugs today, and I’m one of them." But that wasn't always the case. The star reportedly has dabbled in everything from ecstasy to cocaine to heroin. But now she's dabbling in role of mama and soon-to-be-ex-wife to Brian Austin Green.

  • Brad Pitt


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    Pitt really hasn't kept his affinity for marijuana a secret. In fact, the star reportedly gave out $1500 worth of bongs to the cast and crew on one of his sets. No longer wanting to "wake and bake," he says his days of getting high are over.

  • Demi Lovato


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    Disney fans would be shocked to know the other side of this talented star. Lovato has opened up about times when she couldn't go more than 30 minutes without cocaine, even smuggling it onto airplanes and snorting it in first class when the other passengers went to sleep. The singer also has battled bipolar disorder but is now managing her illness. She's slimmed down and looks healthy. 

  • Charlie Sheen


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    Everyone knows that Sheen is one of the biggest partiers in Hollywood. There are times when the star was spending upwards of $2000 a day on cocaine, often turning to crack and hiring escorts for his drug-fueled nights. The Two and a Half Men star's manic and delusional behavior thrust him into the spotlight, but all the tiger blood in the world couldn't keep him from getting fired.

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  • Pink


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    Pop star Pink has lived the darker side of rock and roll. In 1995, the singer reportedly suffered an overdose, and in 2010 lost her best friend to one. A fixture on the club scene for years, Pink was reportedly using ecstasy, special K, and crystal meth. Today she's Carey Hart's wife and mom to a little girl named Willow -- and she's both clean and ultra successful.

  • Johnny Depp


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    He's always been a bit mysterious and well, gorgeous. Known for taking quirky roles, Depp has enjoyed his share of party days. Most notably were his cocaine-filled trysts in the 1990s with then-girlfriend, Kate Moss. The couple threw themselves into the NYC and LA party scene, where Depp owned the West Hollywood nightclub, the Viper Room, a notorious spot for drug-filled nights. 

  • Drew Barrymore


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    Probably one of the most notorious celebs to get caught up in drugs at a young age, Barrymore came from Hollywood royalty and pretty much grew up on sets. A star by the time she was only 7 and in the LA party scene by 11, Barrymore was Hollywood's ultimate wild child. At 13, the darling blonde was already in rehab. But she got clean, started her own production company, and today has both a beautiful family and a new career as founder of a makeup company, Flower Beauty.

  • Lamar Odom


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    Kris Jenner may have the Midas touch when it comes to her daughters, but there was one thing she couldn't fix: son-in-law Odom's drug problem. The former NBA star and Khloe Kardashian ex reportedly has a cocaine addiction, one that claimed the life of his childhood friend in 2015. 

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  • Nicole Richie


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    This former Paris Hilton bestie was a fixture on the LA party scene for years. The privileged socialite admits to experimenting with cocaine, which later spiraled into a heroine addiction. At 23, Richie was arrested when she was pulled over and heroin was found in her car. Now recovered, Richie wants to erase her old ways, including her tattoos, which she has said serve as a reminder of her dark past.

  • Zac Efron


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    The High School Musical star has grown up in more ways than one. In 2013 he paid two visits to rehab for cocaine addiction and was involved in a brawl in the notorious drug area of LA known as Skid Row. Lately the film star has been spotted shirtless looking clean and fit!

  • Amanda Bynes


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    She recently made an appearance on social media looking refreshed and healthy, but that wasn't always the case for this troubled star. Her concerned parents had her checked into rehab for cocaine and marijuana addiction, but that didn't seem to help the actress, who also suffers from mental health issues. Bynes' erratic behavior has drawn even more public attention to her struggle, and she's currently on the outs in Hollywood.

  • Mischa Barton


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    Life sure turned dark in sunny Orange County. This former OC star rose to stardom fast, but she got sucked into the world of drugs and alcohol. She hit rock bottom at 23 when she suffered a breakdown and was placed in a psych ward under California's 5150.

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  • Matthew Perry


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    The Friends star was raking in over $1 million an episode during his stint on the Emmy-winning primetime show. But according to Perry, Chandler Bing was often "painfully hung over." Perry entered rehab in 1997 for Vicodin addiction and again in 2001 for Vicodin and methadone, as well as amphetamines and alcohol.

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