Hollywood is the land of fame and excess. It is a place where your wildest dreams can come true and, upon coming true, completely wreck your life. Many of Hollywoods ‘bad boys and girls’ have become famous for the way their drug rehab stints and drug addiction treatment programs have played out in the tabloids. Guys like Charlie Sheen or Jason Mewes have famously been in and out of rehab like valets in a parking garage, to nobody’s surprise. But there are stars out there who have surprised us by their need to enter into drug treatment centers. Let’s take a look at 8 celebrities that you just won’t believe had to go to rehab.
Harry Potter wasn’t just focused on broomsticks and Voldemort. As it turns out, young Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have as easy a time dealing with his early fame as many might have thought. Radcliffe admits candidly that he ended up becoming a ‘party focused guy’ that used alcohol as a means to coping. His on screen performance in several of the later Harry Potter films is notable due to the fact that Radcliffe admitted to being ‘mostly intoxicated’ throughout the filming. Daniel managed to get himself into rehab, clean up, and get back on the straight and narrow again.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
One of Hollywood’s youngest and exciting talents, Jonathan Rhys Meyers broke a lot of hearts when he had to go spend some time in rehab for his problems with alcohol abuse. The ‘Dracula’ star claimed that he would be drinking before 10AM every morning with his problems culminating at JFK airport where he was kicked off of a flight. The reason? He had drank so much vodka for his ‘breakfast’ that he was slurring his speech, yelling, and even spouting racial slurs. Yikes. Meyers checked himself into rehab 6 times up to 2011 before he was finally able to kick his habit.
There are three worlds that Ben Affleck exists in within the minds of his fans and the rest of Hollywood’s avid followers. There is the Ben Affleck that has found success at every stop in his life with films like ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Argo’, and ‘Batman vs. Superman”. There is the Affleck that exists as the ‘Gigli’ starring bum who was made a mockery of by all serious ‘artists’. Finally there is the Ben Affleck that flamed out, almost lost his life, and then went to a drug rehab facility to get it all back again. This final Affleck is rarely ever mentioned thanks to how well he rebounded from his struggles with alcohol, but he is there all the same. At 28 years old Affleck voluntarily chose to go to a drug rehab center to address his issues with alcohol. Affleck has since spoken candidly about his need for help by stating that he was, ‘One wild night away from an E! cover story’. Affleck attended the same rehab clinic that both Roberty Downey Jr. and Paula Poundstone had used, to similar effect. Affleck is now a superstar again and he looks better than ever.
Demi Moore is one of the ‘good girls’ of Hollywood. She is classically pretty while still maintaining an air of approachability. She is known as well for her ability on screen as she has been nominated for 23 awards as well as a pair of Golden Globes. So why did this New Mexico native end up rehab? It all seemed to go downhill following her split from young star, Ashton Kutcher. Moore ended up in the hospital for doing ‘whip its’ and was then subsequently checked into the Cirque Lodge, which is a drug abuse rehab center, for her addiction to prescription drugs and anorexia. This wasn’t her first stint in rehab as she had previously been for alcohol treatment way back in the 1980s. Her current problems have reportedly even pushed her daughters away, as they have been mulling a restraining order. Moore reportedly is looking much healthier but she is still in the process of attending to her life.
When your brother is the insane Randy Quaid you probably have an intuitive understanding of just how off the rails you can go. Dennis Quaid is one of Hollywood’s longest running stalwarts. He’s an approachable celeb with star power, talent, and charisma to boot. All of these traits must have helped lead him toward his cocaine addiction, as Quaid claims that it was the biggest mistake of his life. His addiction to cocaine started back in the 1970’s and culminated in the late 80’s. Quaid claimed to have a ‘wake up and snort’ habit that he always swore he was going to quit. Quaid eventually made it to rehab and has since reportedly kicked the habit. He calls his drug addiction a ‘huge mistake’ but equally an ‘opportunity for humility’. Quaid claimed that he had a moment of introspection where he realized that, if he didn’t quit doing coke, he would be dead within five years.
Samuel L. Jackson
Does anyone have as long and entertaining a resume as Samuel L. Jackson? From his star making performance in ‘Pulp Fiction’ all the way to his tongue in cheek appearance for ‘Snakes on a Plane’, Jackson had gotten fans at every opportunity. The prolific actor is known for his foul mouth, intense stare, and ability to make the ridiculous seem catastrophic. However it was during his years on Broadway (yes, Broadway!) that the star actor found his greatest challenges. Jackson endured a period of time where he was seriously addicted to cocaine. This addiction led Jackson to the realization that he’d have to attend rehab in order just to survive the ordeal. He ended up going to rehab after nearly dying in front of his wife. He’s been sober for over 20 years now.
James Gandolfini is one of the most tragic cases of a supreme talent being shot down in their prime. The ‘Sopranoes’ star died due to heart complications while having dinner with his son on a vacation. These complications were probably due in large part to his obesity, but they could definitely have been propagated by Gandolfini’s prolific drug addiction earlier in his life. After his messy divorce from ex-wife Marcy, details began to leak about his drug problems that apparently dogged him his entire life. Gandolfini had a history of cocaine and alcohol abuse that sent him to rehab on a ‘routine basis’. While Gandolfini kept this info on lock down for the majority of his career, it still got out and is now thought to have played a part in his sudden heart attack.
You wouldn’t think that a Vulcan would need rehab, right? Well, we have to assume that Nimoy is not quite as invincible as his famous character from ‘Star Trek’. Nimoy, who played Spock on the famous television show, admitted to the press that his work on the show led him to a case of alcohol addiction. Nemoy, in an interview with William Shatner, explained that he began to drink on set and often as soon as the last shot was done. He said he did it in order to deal with the pressures of fame and his sudden larger than life role. Nemoy ended up in rehab and after marrying Susan Boy in 1988 has been clean ever since.