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10 Stigma-Busting Quotes from Sober Celebrities

Any human being from any demographic can become addicted.

The stigma attached to the widespread disease of addiction impacts us all, both consciously and unconsciously. It’s effects are woven into all levels of society and most people know someone who has battled this powerful mental illness. Those of us in the recovery community know that every time someone uses their voice to share their experience with recovery, they change the conversation about addiction. To use a quote from the original 12-Step recovery text:

“We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful.”

Here are a few quotes from sober celebrities who continue to publicly sharing their experience with recovery.

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational… and unless they have structured help they have no hope” – Russell Brand

“I try to help others and I’d like to take the sitgma out of alcoholism, but I don’t struggle with it.” Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter

“[Recovery] gives me a spiritual anchor.” – Eric Clapton

“Getting sober was the bravest thing I’ve ever done and will do in my life.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

“If you need booze and drugs to enjoy your life to the fullest, then you’re doing it wrong.” – Robin Williams

“I tread the well worn path of every abnormal drinker to try and drink like normal drinker. I’ve never met an alcoholic in recovery that doesn’t believe that this is the best thing they have ever done.” – Adam Clayton, U2

“It’s an obsession of the mind and an allergy of the body.” – Matthew Perry

“You know, a lot of people feel that sobriety is just about stopping using whatever it was that you appeared to be addicted to, but it really has to do with a way of looking at your life and taking accountability.” – Bonnie Raitt

“Everything good that has happened to me happened as a direct result of helping someone else. I love that responsibility of being able to help people do right. I’ve been sober for 46 years and have had a great life.” – Danny Trejo

“Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself.” – Rob Lowe


Addiction is no respecter of status.

To all of those who continue to speak out, thank you. Recovery is possible.

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