Inspiring Women Who Gave Up Drink For A Better Life

Jamie Lee Curtis – Was addicted to painkillers and alcohol. “Talking about the process of addiction is very difficult for an addict and an alcoholic. Talking about recovery and hopefulness is much easier for me.”

Kristen Johnston – Actress on ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’, spent years addicted to drugs and alcohol that led to a near-fatal perforated stomach ulcer. “It’s just a wired disease that sneaks up on you and all of a sudden you’re boozing at the bar, or whatever. And it doesn’t have to be because of you or pressure or this or that. It just can be.”

Drew Barrymore – Barrymore was a child star and started smoking and drinking aged 9 before graduating to cocaine at 12 before hitting rehab aged 13. “The mistakes, the potholes, the journeys, the bad patterns – all of it is much clearer to me now…”

Jennifer Lopez – “I think that ruins your skin. Of course, during celebratory toasts, everybody’s like, ‘You can’t toast with water!’ So I’ll toast with alcohol and just take a sip. ”

Naomi Campbell – Now teetotal, the model told GQ magazine: ‘I was a party girl. I was having fun. But the fun comes with consequences, you are killing yourself.’

Child star from the hit TV series, ‘The Adams Family’, Christina Ricci decided to give up alcohol in her early 20s. She said, “You know I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking, but it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life.”

Kristin Davis admitted: ‘I really didn’t think I would pass 30. I don’t know why or whatever, I just didn’t. That’s a very weird thing to say, I’m sorry. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because I was drinking so much as a youth. I drank a lot when I was a teenager and I don’t drink any more, because that’s when I thought, you know, I’m gonna end up a car wreck. I just had a fatalistic view of the whole situation at that point.’

Whoopi Goldberg – Goldberg was heavily into drugs and stopped after getting scared that she was finally losing control of her life. “I was a functioning addict. I went to work because I knew if i didn’t turn up, a lot of people would be out of work and i wouldn’t get a check and wouldn’t have the lifestyle that i needed to buy all my drugs.”

It has always been a source of inspiration seeing actors and actresses living in the full glare of publicity manage to overcome addictions. I recently wrote up a list of sober celebrities that inspired me, and this group of female stars can also join that list. If I’m missing any notables please comment in the box below and I’ll add them in. If you have a favourite sober star, write and tell me!


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