Celebrities –  they’re human, just like you, and they too may be struggling to achieve sobriety. Ben Affleck just announced this week that he was admitted to rehab, to seek help for his alcoholism. Affleck previously received treatment for alcoholism back in 2001, but has since relapsed, like many other people seeking recovery.

Ben Affleck

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be.”

Affleck is not alone. Many celebrities have spoken out about their journey to sobriety in an effort to end the stigma, and show that despite your financial situation, ethnicity, and environment, anyone can suffer from this disease.

Drew Barrymore suffered from drug abuse as a teenager and completed treatment twice before getting her life and career back on track. Demi Lovato, another child star, struggled with drugs and binge drinking as a teenager and recently posted on Instagram her five-year sobriety milestone.

Mary-Kate Olsen, Lindsay Lohan, David Hasselhoff, Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp are all victims of drug abuse – and the list of celebs who have suffered from this disease goes on. While many of these people have received treatment and have gotten their lives back on track, some were not so lucky.

Carrie Fisher, the long-loved Star Wars actress and outspoken advocate for those who have struggled with addiction and mental illness once said: “I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple – just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully. And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive. I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”

Fisher became an icon for those who have been affected by addiction and mental illness, with her true honesty and humorous comebacks to society’s stigma.

“Shame is not something I aspire to,” she said. Fisher died last year at 60 years of age due to a heart attack which some question may have been linked to her years of cocaine use.

Thankfully, many people can face their struggle in some privacy. But for those in the public spotlight, using their platform to speak about their addictions can be a beacon of hope for someone else. Addiction does not discriminate, but there is help for everyone.

If you or someone you love needs help and support for an addiction, Spectrum Health Systems and the New England Recovery Center are here 24/7. Our individualized services provide the support you need, when you need it.  Learn more on our website or call us at (800) 366-7732 for inpatient services and (800) 464-9555 extension 1161 for outpatient treatment.

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