It is no secret that celebrities have had trouble with various substances. When you have a lot of money, it is hard for some people to say no to indulgences. Some celebrities have even been to rehab more than once! Check out these celebrities who have had a hard time letting go of temptation.
Martin Sheen was born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez on August 3, 1940. Martin Sheen is actually his stage name. He is an American actor who is known for the wide recognition he received for his leading role in Apocalypse Now (1979). Other notable films include Gandhi (1982), Gettysburg (1993), The Departed (2006), and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). He also starred in the television series The West Wing from 1999–2006.
But even with his numerous successful roles, Martin Sheen has struggled in his personal life. During the filming of Apocalypse Now, Sheen had a heart attack. He was told by doctors it was brought on by his heavy drinking. He was only 36 years old at the time. And since then, he has struggled with alcoholism. He has jumped in and out of rehab but has remained clean since 2012.
Like father, like son. Charlie Sheen, son of Martin Sheen, is a famous actor, writer, and producer who has struggled with serious addiction. His real name is Carlos Irwin Estévez but like his father, he took on a stage name — Charlie Sheen. He rose to fame in his roles in Platoon, Wall Street, Major League and more. He replaced Michael J. Fox in Spin City and also starred in the popular TV series, Two and a Half Men.
Sheen’s personal life has regularly made headlines. He has struggled with alcohol and drug abuse along with various marital problems, as well as allegations of domestic violence. He has been in and out of rehab several times and revealed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with HIV in 2011.
Andy Dick is a comedian, but he has become more well-known for his eccentric and controversial behavior. His first television role was on the Ben Stiller Show and he had a long-running stint on NBC’s NewsRadio. Later, he had his own program, The Andy Dick Show on MTV, which had a brief run.
Dick has displayed outlandish behavior on a number of Comedy Central Roasts but he has also displayed this kind of behavior in his private life. It is difficult to pinpoint when all of his troubles started, but back in 1999, he drove his car into a utility pole and was charged with possession of cocaine, cannabis, and drug paraphernalia. Since then, he has been in and out of rehab dozens of times.
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is an actor whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth. His first major role was in 1970 at the age of five in the film Pound. He received critical commendation for his roles in Weird Science (1985) and the drama Less Than Zero (1987). His first “blockbuster” films came later in his career, Iron Man and Tropic Thunder.
From 1996 to 2001, Downey was arrested numerous times; all were drug-related charges including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. He was dealing with drug abuse problems in the public eye for about five years. Regardless of the substance abuse, arrests, rehab, and relapse, Downey was finally able to recover from drugs and return to his career.
Growing up as the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne sounds like fun but apparently, her issues with substance abuse may represent something else. Kelly Osbourne is known for her appearances on The Osbournes with her family; they even won a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. She is now known for being a British singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter, and fashion designer.
But she has struggled in the past. In 2004, Osbourne entered a Malibu rehab facility after admitting to her family that she was addicted to painkillers. About a year later, she checked into another treatment facility after a relapse. She has remained sober since her latest stint in rehab in 2009.
Robin Williams is one of the most beloved comedians and actors in modern history. He has starred in such popular movies such as Aladdin (1992), Good Will Hunting (1997), and One Hour Photo (2002), as well as blockbuster successes, such as Hook (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and World’s Greatest Dad (2009).
Although he was a jolly symbol as far as anyone was concerned, he struggled personally. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Williams admitted that he had an addiction to cocaine and abused it on a regular basis. In 2006, he checked himself into a substance-abuse rehabilitation for alcoholism. Years afterward, Williams acknowledged his failure to maintain sobriety. In mid-2014, Williams admitted himself into another treatment center for problems related to his alcoholism. Now, it is known that he was suffering from severe depression prior to his death. Sadly, he committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
Nicole Richie is an American actress, television personality, fashion designer and author. Richie rose to prominence for her role on the reality show titled The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton. Richie’s personal life attracted significant media attention. She was a constant fixture of tabloids before and after her appearance on the show.
In 2006, Richie sought treatment for “an inability to put on weight”, though it was not treatment specifically for an eating disorder. In 2007, Richie was taken to the hospital for dehydration; she was then diagnosed with hypoglycemia. In 2002, Richie was arrested when she was involved in a fight at a popular New York City nightclub. The charges were eventually dropped. In 2003, Richie was again arrested and was in possession of heroin, after which she checked herself into a rehabilitation center.
Lindsay Lohan is an American actress and singer who began her career as a child fashion model. She was later featured on the soap opera Another World for a year when she was 10. At age 11, Lohan made her motion picture debut in Disney’s 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Then in 2003, she starred in Freaky Friday, and then there was that little film Mean Girls in 2004.
Lohan became a teen idol sensation and a household name. But that popularity definitely came with a territory; she was a frequent focus of paparazzi and tabloids. In 2007, she had two driving under the influence incidents. This led to Lohan being put on probation but altogether, she had three visits to rehabilitation facilities, causing her to lose several movie deals.
Keith Urban is a New Zealand-born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album. He charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year. He recorded one studio album on Capitol Nashville and charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
In 2006, Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment. He issued a statement saying: “I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid that I have.” In 2007, Urban announced his completion of rehab.
Mackenzie Phillips is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles in American Graffiti and for her role on the sitcom One Day at a Time. More recently, she is known for her role in the Disney Channel Show So Weird.
Phillips’ issues with drugs have been no secret; she has had a lifetime troubled by drug abuse. In 2008, she was arrested by the Los Angeles Airport Police. She was in possession of cocaine and heroin. Phillips’ drug case was dismissed after she successfully completed a drug diversion program. She appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab in 2010 and later discussed her recovery in 2010 on an episode of The View.
Matthew Perry is a Canadian-American actor who is best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular sitcom Friends. He is also known for his portrayal of Ron Clark in the 2006 television movie, The Ron Clark Story. Since Friends ended, Perry has struggled both personally and professionally.
Perry completed a 28-day program in 1997 for a Vicodin addiction. His weight fluctuated drastically over the next few years. At one point, his weight dropped down to 145 pounds. Perry entered rehab again in 2001 to treat an addiction to opioids (specifically Vicodin and methadone), amphetamines and alcohol. Later that year, Perry flew to Los Angeles and checked into Marina del Rey’s Daniel Freeman Hospital.
Britney Spears is an American singer, dancer, and actress from Louisiana. She performed acting roles in stage productions, like the Mickey Mouse Club, and television shows as a child. She later signed with Jive Records in 1997. Spears’s first and second studio albums were …Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!… I Did It Again (2000). Both albums became international successes.
The first spark of trouble was in 2004 when Spears married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada—The marriage was annulled 55 hours later. In June 2004, Spears fell and injured her left knee during the music video shoot and underwent arthroscopic surgery. She was forced to remain in a thigh brace for six weeks, followed by eight to twelve weeks of rehabilitation, which caused The Onyx Hotel Tour to be canceled in 2007. Soon after the cancellation, Spears stayed in a drug rehabilitation facility in Antigua for less than a day. The following night, she infamously shaved her head with electric clippers. She admitted herself to other treatment facilities during the following weeks.
Demi Gene Guynes, otherwise known as “Demi Moore” is an American actress, filmmaker, model and former songwriter. She made her film debut in 1981 and appeared on the soap opera General Hospital. She later gained recognition for her work in St. Elmo’s Fire (1985). The film that was considered to launch her career was About Last Night…
Moore famously married Ashton Kutcher until their split in November 2011—after numerous reports of his infidelity surfaced—and that is when things spiraled out of control. The 49-year-old actress was rushed to the hospital after suffering “what seemed like seizures,” after doing whip-its, which is a method of inhaling nitrous oxide. She checked into Cirque Lodge rehab treatment center in Utah to treat anorexia and an addiction to prescription pills.
Demi Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, and actress but her acting career came first. After making her debut as a child actress in Barney & Friends, she became incredibly popular in 2008 when she starred in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock. She signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records and launched her debut album Don’t Forget in 2008.
Lovato has suffered from personal demons for a long time. She has suffered from depression, an eating disorder, and self-harm; she went into rehab at the age of 18 in November 2010. Lovato decided to live in a “sober house” in Los Angeles after leaving rehab in January 2011. In 2012, MTV aired a documentary about Lovato’s rehab and recovery.
Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor who began studying law before turning to acting in the mid-1990s. He has appeared on film, stage, and television and started with small roles in productions such as Mrs. Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Dracula in Dracula 2000.
Butler has been quoted as saying that he does not drink alcohol but there was no mention of any other drugs. In 2012, he completed a course of treatment for substance abuse of pain killers at a rehab center. Butler said he was concerned he was too reliant on prescribed pain relief medication after a surfing injury incident while filming Chasing Mavericks.
Mischa Barton is a British-American film, television, and stage actress, and occasional fashion model. She began her acting career on the stage but eventually became known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the television series The O.C. The role catapulted Barton into mainstream fame. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly named her the “It Girl.”
In 2007, after The O.C. ended, Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and driving without a valid license. She was seen “straddling the lanes and failing to signal for a turn”. Police discovered during the traffic stop that Barton “was an unlicensed driver and was driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage”. She was detained and later released. Barton was subsequently charged with two misdemeanors: driving without a valid license; and a DUI. In 2009, Barton was sectioned for two weeks under a 5150 that allows a psychiatrist to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to themselves and others. She said of the incident, “I am terrified of needles and they wanted to pump me full of drugs and I said, ‘No, absolutely not. I don’t want to be here,’ and got into a fight with the nurses, and that led to my 5150.”
Zac Efron is an American actor and singer who rose to fame for his leading role in the High School Musical franchise (2006–08). He also starred in the musical film Hairspray (2007) and the comedy film 17 Again (2009). He has since appeared in popular films like The Lucky One (2012), Neighbors (2014), and Dirty Grandpa (2016).
But things have not always been picture perfect for Efron. In 2013, after struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse, he sought treatment. Later that year, Efron broke his jaw after a fall and had to have his jaw wired shut. Then, in March 2014, Efron got in a fight with a homeless man in Skid Row. There were no arrests because law enforcement viewed it as mutual combat.
Scott Disick is Kourtney Kardashian’s infamous other half. He is a reality TV personality, model, and businessman. When he is not on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Scott works for GNC and has launched RYU, a New York restaurant.
“Lord Disick” is no stranger to rehab. In 2015, Scott Disick has checked into a Malibu rehab center for drug and alcohol addiction, which was his third stint in a rehab facility that year alone. Disick has distanced himself from partying friends and hopes to get clean for his kids because Kourtney Kardashian put her foot down; she won’t allow Disick to have unsupervised visits with their three children until he’s clean. The two split up in 2015 but there’s rumor they are back together.
Liza Minnelli is an American actress and singer who has a career spanning six decades. She has reached legendary status in multiple fields of entertainment. Minnelli is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. She is considered both an American icon and a gay icon, which is quite an achievement.
Liza Minnelli has battled substance abuse throughout her life. In 1984, she was treated for addiction to alcohol and prescription drug use; in 2002, court documents revealed that alcohol allegedly played a role in her divorce. She was married to her fourth husband, David Gest, but it did not last long. She returned to rehab in 2015.
Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase is an American comedian, actor, writer and producer who got his big break on the popular sketch show, Saturday Night Live. His recurring Weekend Update segment soon became a staple of the show. Chase is also very well-known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in five National Lampoon’s Vacation films, among other films.
Chevy Chase struggled with addiction throughout his career. In 1986, Chase checked into the Betty Ford drug rehabilitation center for addiction to painkillers. His publicist stated Chase had developed a “dependency on prescription drugs relating to chronic and long-term back problems” tied to the pratfalls and stunts he did on projects such as Saturday Night Live. He returned to rehab in 2015 when he checked into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to deal with an alcohol-related issue.