7 times celebrities have gotten brutally honest about the ups and downs of addiction and recovery

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On June 21, 2018, Demi Lovato seemed to reveal in her new song “Sober” that she may have relapsed after six years of sobriety.
Relapsing is not uncommon — 40 to 60% of all drug addicts in recovery will eventually relapse, and that number goes up depending on the type of drugs being used.
“Sober” is in line with Lovato’s tendency to be very open with her fans and the world about her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, which is an important conversation to be having on the national stage.
Here are 6 times other celebrities have been brutally honest about their struggles in their own recovery journeys, including relapsing.

Ever since Demi Lovato revealed that she had been struggling with cocaine and alcohol addiction, she’s been extremely candid and open with her fans, and the world, about her own personal journey in sobriety. Through autobiographical songs like “Skyscraper,” and in documentaries “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” and “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated,” Lovato has shed some light on the taboo subjects of addiction and mental health.

Which is why it was heartbreaking when she released the newest single from her upcoming seventh album on June 21, entitled “Sober,” where she appeared to reveal that she had relapsed.

But she wouldn’t be alone in relapsing. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 40 to 60% of all drug addicts will relapse at some point, and Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital told the New York Daily News that that number goes up to 80% when dealing with opioid addiction.

Hopefully, Lovato’s candor about the ups and downs of her own recovery journey will continue to increase awareness about this disease. And she is not alone — here are six other celebrities who have been open about their struggles with addiction, recovery, and relapsing.

Editor’s Note: A warning that this article contains language describing suicide and descriptive language that could be triggering for anyone struggling with or recovering from substance abuse.

Kelly Osbourne attended rehab three times before getting clean for good.
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By the time Osbourne was 24 years old, she had attended rehab three times for an addiction to painkillers.

She first attended the Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California, in 2004 after being caught with prescription drugs, but Osbourne called it “too comfortable” and likened it to “vacation without a bar.”

Osbourne was back in rehab again by 2005, but was unable to stay clean — when she moved to Los Angeles in 2009, it triggered a relapse. “I couldn’t see into tomorrow. I was using anything to make me sleep through the day. I got really into smoking pot,” she told People, “It’s so embarrassing, the number of times I’ve thrown myself down the stairs to try and hurt myself to get pills.”

But her third stay in rehab is what stuck. “This is a disease. I was born with it. I’ll die with it,” said Osbourne, “I just want to be happy. Anything is better than the way it was.”

Kelly Osbourne’s famous father Ozzy Osbourne has also dealt with addiction and relapsing, sharing on Facebook in 2013 that he was “44 days sober.”
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In 2013, the rock star revealed on Facebook that he had begun drinking and using drugs again after an unspecified stretch of sobriety. He wrote, “For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place and was an a–hole to the people I love most, my family. However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”

Five years later, Osbourne is still clean and sober, though he has been open about the daily struggle. He told Goldmine Magazine, “I am not really happy being sober, but I don’t want to get drunk.”

“The Hills” and “Laguna Beach” star Jason Wahler admitted to relapsing in April 2018 after four years of sobriety on Instagram, writing “At first I was full of shame and guilt, but I am learning to forgive and move forward.”
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Wahler has been very open with the public about his struggles with substance abuse — much of it was recorded on “The Hills” during his relationship with Lauren Conrad. The reality star even founded his own sober living facility, called Widespread Recovery.

He admitted in April 2018 on Instagram that he had relapsed, writing “My name is Jason and I’m an alcoholic-addict. I have 39 days of sobriety after being active in my addiction for the past three + years; before that, I had four years of sobriety.”

“However, I became complacent and I was blindsided,” he continued. “I am beyond embarrassed. At first, I was full of shame and guilt, but I am learning to forgive and move forward. I can only hope my pain will be someone else’s gain and I will continue to live one day at a time. The truth is this: I relapsed, I surrendered and I am getting help. We are each a link in a chain and together we are stronger. Surrender. Don’t be afraid to start over. You are worth it.”

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