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100+ Celebrities Who Choose the Sober Life (2020)

In a world that involves alcohol in virtually every social situation, it’s hard to believe that some of the most social people choose sobriety. But more and more celebrities are making the decision to either give up booze altogether or continue never drinking it in the first place. Addiction has the ability to plague any human in any walk of life and fame, truck-loads of cash, and adoring fans sometimes isn’t enough to fix internal issues one might have that prompts them to turn to alcohol in the first place.

I hope this massive list will give you insight and inspiration on your own journey. There’s something special about discovering someone you look up to happens to be sober.

Here’s over 100 celebrities who either never drank a drop of alcohol in their life (they exist!) or who gave it up in the name of alcoholism.

Alec Baldwin
Actor
Sober since 1985
“I got sober when I was just about to turn 27. And those two years that I lived in that white, hot period, as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker…to my misery, boy, that was a tough time.” via ABC News

Alice Cooper
Singer-songwriter
Sober 37 years as of 2019
“I didn’t realize that I was an alcoholic until I realized that the alcohol was not for fun anymore. It was medicine.” via CTV News

André Benjamin (André 3000)
Rapper
Sober since at least 1996
“When you’re 17 and 18, you think you can smoke and drink all day and sleep around. You feel invincible. Then there comes a time where you have to raise up and do something else with yourself. On our first album, we were determined to smoke herb until the world ended. Now, I’ve stopped smoking and drinking, and I’m trying to live up to my abilities, and take life much more seriously.” via Los Angeles Times

Anne Hathaway
Actor
Sober since October 2018
“I didn’t put (a drink) down because my drinking was a problem; I put it down because the way I drink leads me to have hangovers and those were the problem. My last hangover lasted for five days. When I’m at a stage in my life where there is enough space for me to have a hangover, I’ll start drinking again, but that won’t be until my kid is out of the house.” via USA Today

Anthony Hopkins
Actor
Sober 45 years as of 2019
“I’m very happy I’m an alcoholic—it’s a great gift because wherever I go, the abyss follows me. It’s a volcanic anger you have and it’s fuel. Rocket fuel. But of course, it can rip you to pieces and kill you. Over the years, I have learned not to be a people-pleaser. I don’t have a temper anymore. I get impatient, but I try not to judge. I try to live and let live.” via The Guardian

Anthony Kiedis
Singer-songwriter (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Sober since December 24, 2000
“I happen to love being sober, I also loved being wasted at times. Being sober for me is a pleasure, I get a lot of joy out of it; it works for me. I get to surf, I get to hang out with my son, I get to play music, I get to be OK.” via Sunday Night

Ben Affleck
Actor
Battling alcoholism since first stint in rehab in 2001 and have been sober since 2018
“I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.” via Facebook

Ben Harper
Singer-songwriter
16 months sober as of June 2018
“The problem of alcohol is, it’s just too easy. It’s everywhere. At least hard drugs, you have to have a dealer. All I know is, I could feel its presence in an ominous, daunting way that was preventing me from being my higher self.” via GQ

Ben Haggerty (Macklemore)
Rapper
Sober since 2014
“If I stop prioritizing the daily recovery program that I do to maintain sobriety… I will lose it all. It’s bigger than my career and more significant than record sales — it’s my family. It’s my happiness. It’s my life. A lot people at the beginning of the recovery wish they were normal and asked, “why can’t I just drink and do recreational drugs like other people?” I don’t think like that anymore; I think my program has been a way for me to get closer to god and for me to figure out who I am. Recovery helped me discover my character defects and my shortcomings and how I can progress to become a better version of myself. It’s there to remind me that this life isn’t permanent and I can lose it if I don’t work to maintain that sobriety on a daily basis.” via Fault

Billy Joe Shaver
Singer-songwriter
Sober for more than 20 years as of 2019
“I took my family and went down to Houston. I went cold turkey on everything. I was in such bad shape I couldn’t hardly put a sentence together. It took me six months, and I dropped down to 150 pounds. All I could keep down was Melba toast and, of all things, A&W Diet Root Beer. I could keep that down, and that was it. I was dwindling off to nothing. My wife and son stuck with me, though.” via BC Christian News

BJ Barham
Singer-songwriter
Sober since 2014
“What I’ve learned is, you can’t do this forever the way we were doing it. I’ve had friends try, and either the band breaks up, or somebody goes into rehab, or somebody dies — something tragic happens.” via The Boot

Blake Lively
Actor
“I don’t drink. I’ve never tried a drug. It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for” via USA Today

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Brad Paisley
Country singer-songwriter
Doesn’t drink
“I got pulled over the other day for suspected DUI, which was funny since I’m never drunk.” via Taste of Country

Brad Pitt
Actor
Sober since 2016
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privileges” via The New York Times

Bradley Cooper
Actor
Quit drinking and doing drugs at 29 years old
“I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head. I realized I wasn’t going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually gonna ruin my life; I’m really gonna ruin it.’ ” via Hollywood Reporter

Brantley Gilbert
Country singer-songwriter
Sober since December 18, 2011
“I remember him [Keith Urban] telling me, ‘Hey man, it’s gonna be scary, it’s gonna freak you out, but it’s gonna be beautiful” via Taste of Country

Brené Brown
Professor, author
Sober 23 years as of May 12, 2019
“The romance of wine clubs, scotch tastings, and “a few beers while we watch the game” is dead for me. I know there are many healthy, moderate drinkers (I’m married to a guy who drinks a 12-pack per year), but I also see drinking culture as a great cover for pain.” via brenebrown.com

Bruce Willis
Actor
Quit drinking in 1988, admitted in 2012 that he has the occasional glass of wine but has it under control
“I had been sober [for a while]. But once I realized that I wasn’t gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day… I have wine now, mostly when I eat.” via GQ

Calvin Harris
DJ
Sober for at least 11 years as of 2020
“I stopped drinking because it actually was making me ill. It was affecting my brain in the worst way” via BBC News

Charlie Sheen
Actor
Sober since December 2017
“I came to it on my own. It was just one of those epiphany moments.” via People

Chris D’Elia
Comedian
“I never really ‘decided’ it so to speak. I just never have done drugs or drank. Very odd I know. Just never have. Don’t really know why” via Reddit

Chris Hardwick
Comedian
Sober 13 years as of 2016
“13 yrs ago today [posted October 8, 2016] I gave up booze and got my life back. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’ve never regretted it for a second. That’s not to say I was “cured” the day I quit, but it gave me the clarity to start sorting my life out and taking responsibility for my actions, which I was always loathe to do before. I came to appreciate real experiences in life, both good and bad. Even when my dad died I never felt like I wanted to escape it. Life is meant to be felt and experienced, I think, both the good and the bad. It’s how you know you’re alive! It’s also how you grow as a person. Consistent drinking keeps you from growing. If you’re thinking about quitting, get help: friends, counseling, AA. Full disclosure, I’m not an AA person myself, but it has helped SO MANY of my friends. I’m not putting it down, just being honest about my recovery. I was lucky in that I had a good support structure of people already in recovery and I went through intensive therapy. The trick is that you need a positive, knowledgeable support structure of some kind. For most people, that’s AA, but I only mention it because I don’t want you to give up if if that particular path doesn’t feel right to you. It doesn’t mean you’re unfixable. Try many avenues and take the ones that you connect with. If you even have the presence of mind to ponder, “Do I drink too much?” that’s probably a sign that you should examine it. People who don’t obsess over alcohol never really think much about it at all. I don’t believe that there is anything wrong with alcohol, mind you, I just think there are some of us in the world who have the kinds of obsessive brains that can’t have a healthy relationship with it.” via Facebook

Chris Janson
Country singer-songwriter
Sober since around 2010
“I’ve drank a lot of beer in my life, and whatever problems I had walking in, they were gone by 10” via Rolling Stone

Christina Ricci
Actor
Sober since her early-20s
“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.” via BlackBook

Colin Farrell
Actor
Sober for 13 years as of 2020
“I don’t see alcoholism as an affliction, or rehab as a sob story. I’m not imprisoned by it. It was quite the opposite. Going to rehab was an emancipation for me.” via Daily Mail

Colton Haynes
Actor, model
Announced in March 2019 he was six months sober
“Once I went to treatment, I found this amazing amount of true love for myself, and started figuring out who I am without those vices, and recognizing the people in my life who lifted me up instead of tearing me down.” via Attitude

Curtis Jackson (50 Cent)
Rapper, actor
“I don’t actually use drugs. I got a chance to watch a lot of my mother’s sisters and brothers at different periods experiment with the use of drugs or alcohol and I see them respond so differently that I stay away.” via CNN

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Dane Cook
Comedian
Never drank alcohol
“If you’re getting drunk as an adult on weeknights for no reason at all and waking up feeling like shit just admit you’re an alcoholic and get working on yourself. Why? You are bringing everyone around you down. You don’t see it. Grow up and take responsibility for your actions.”

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Danny Trejo
Actor
Sober for 51 years as of 2019
“My life is just so beautiful since I took alcohol and drugs out of it” via Entertainment Tonight

Dax Shepard
Actor, podcast host
51 years sober as of September 6, 2019
“I wouldn’t have a family without sobriety first and foremost. Kristen would’ve never signed up for the old version of me.” via Uproxx

Demi Lovato
Singer
5 years sober as of 2019
“I’m so proud of myself but I couldn’t have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me.” via Instagram

Dennis Rodman
Former NBA player
Sober 4 months as of December 2019
“It [DUI in 2018] was a wake-up call. . . . I’ve been doing pretty good man, considering the fact that before that it was up and down up and down being Dennis Rodman the party guy” via TMZ

Denzel Washington
Actor
Sober since December 2014
“When you’re toasted (drunk) you need a day to recover. You get a hangover. So that’s two days out of your life. I don’t have time to waste. Let’s say there’s 365 days in a year, so in 10 years that’s 3650, so how many days do you want to waste?” via i newspaper

Edie Falco
Actor
Sober for 27 years as of 2019
“Very rarely do people get sober and then it’s clear sailing from that point on. I think the rule, rather than the anomaly, is that people tend to struggle.” via The Daily Beast

Eliza Dushku
Actor, model
November 2018 celebrated 10 years sobriety
“If you’re struggling w #alcohol &/or #drug #addiction, I promise, you don’t have to live that way anymore.” via Instagram

Elle MacPherson
Model
Sober since her 40th birthday
“In my 40s, I started to focus on health and wellness. I stopped drinking and taking any drugs – even aspirin – and I began really cleaning out my system” via Ocean Drive magazine

Ellie Goulding
Singer-songwriter
“I would say, ‘Right, I’ve got to drink this morning because I’ve got this interview and I don’t really know how to answer the questions, because I don’t really know who I am any more.’ I thought drinking would at least make me a bit more funny, or interesting” via BBC News

Elsa Hosk
Model
Sober for 10 years as of 2019
“NYC was overwhelming and I got even more lost. It took me a while to realize all my problems started with me… I got sober and clean and learned I was an alcoholic and that there was a whole world out there that lived sober. I met some amazing people and friends and slowly found myself again… what followed because of that I would have never imagined. Grateful beyond words!” via Instagram

Elton John
Singer
Celebrated 30 years July 2020
“If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.” via Twitter

Eric Clapton
Guitarist, singer-songwriter
Sober since 1987
“Staying sober really was the most important thing in my life now and had given me direction when I thought I had none.” via “Clapton: The Autobiography”

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Eva Mendes
Actor, model
Sober for 12 years as of 2020
“I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life or death situation.” via Interview Magazine

Ewan McGregor
Actor
Sober since 2001
“I drank too much and it made me really unhappy, so I just thought, ‘I won’t drink and then I can be happy'” via People

Florence Welch
Singer-songwriter (Florence and The Machine)
Got sober at the age of 27
“Being an extreme drinker was a huge part of my identity. When I stopped, there was this sense that I was letting some ghost of rock history down that I just couldn’t cope anymore. It was monumental. It was like, ‘I’m going to die. I need to stop’.” via Rolling Stone

Gene Simmons
Musician (Kiss)
“I literally never drink. Privately or publicly. I simply don’t like the taste or the smell of anything with alcohol in it. I have never been drunk in my life and have never taken more than a sip of anything, and hated it every time. I will toast just to be social, but that’s it.” via Los Angeles Times

Gillian Jacobs
Actor
Never drank
“I come from a beer family and I’ve never had a drink.” via Jimmy Kimmel Live

Heather Locklear
Actor
Celebrated 1 year of sobriety April 21, 2020
“She’s in a great place.” via People

James Franco
Actor
Sober since 2007 as of 2018
“It was teen angst. I was uncomfortable in my own skin. I was shy.” via The Guardian

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Jamie Lee Curtis
Actor
Got sober in February 1999
“I bring sobriety with me. I have attended recovery meetings all over this world. I was probably about nine months sober when I made ‘Freaky Friday’. I put a big sign up by the catering truck, and it said, ‘Recovery meeting in Jamie’s trailer every day’. I left the door open and didn’t know if anybody would show up. We ended up calling it the Mobile Home Recovery Meeting. It was probably my favorite grouping of sobriety that I’ve ever participated in. I’ve participated in groups all over the world, but there was something about the cross section of ages and genders and jobs and races, and it was profound.” via Variety

Jane Lynch
Actor, comedian
Sober since January 20, 1992
“In AA there would be one dramatic story after another, with people losing everything to drugs and booze. And here I was with my Miller Lite and morning hangovers and some occasional unremembered vomit in the bathroom. Some of the stories I heard in the rooms of AA were so endless, horrible, and tragic that I would have to stop myself from screaming at them “At what point did you hit bottom?!” I guess what I’m saying is: when I stopped, I had reached my limit. I knew that my mind, body, and spirit had just had it.” Excerpt from her book Happy Accidents

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Jason Biggs
Actor, comedian
Celebrated 1 year sober in October 2018
“I first tried to get sober over 5 years ago, when the weight of my obsession with booze and drugs became too heavy for me to handle. Turns out this shit is hard. After some fits and starts, I’ve managed to put together one year of sobriety. If you’re struggling, there’s help. Don’t be ashamed. We can do this.” via Instagram

Jason Isbell
Country singer-songwriter
Sober 6.5 years as of 2019
“For every hour of fun, I had a week of misery that I put on myself.” via GQ

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Jenna Jameson
Former adult film star
4 years sober as of September 2019
“We do recover. We do overcome. We do rebuild. But we never forget. We still have scars. They fade. The sun begins to shine and close out the shadows. Trust returns.” via Instagram

Jennifer Hudson
Singer, actor
“I’ve never done anything, so that was hard to play this role [heroin addict]. I’ve never had a drink in my life. I’m sober” via Us Weekly

Jennifer Lopez
Singer, actor
“I don’t drink or smoke or have caffeine. That really wrecks your skin as you get older.”

Jessica Simpson
Singer
Got sober November 2017
“When I finally said I needed help, it was like I was that little girl that found her calling again in life. I found direction and that was to walk straight ahead with no fear. Honesty is hard but it’s the most rewarding thing we have. And getting to the other side of fear is beautiful.” via People

Jim Carrey
Actor
“If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. I’m very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.” via CBS News

Jo Dee Messina
Country music artist
Sober since 2014
“The first week, I was like, “I’m doing great! I’m glad to be here.” It hit me two weeks in. All the emotions you had sup-pressed start to come up. You feel sad and empty. That’s what rehab is about: learning to find something else. In my case, God. It’s an ongoing process. I get upset and I say my prayers, and sometimes it doesn’t help, so I keep trying.” via People

Joe Manganiello
Actor
Sober for 17 years as of 2019
“Drinking was a way for me not to have to deal with me” via Men’s Health

Joe Nichols
Country music artist
Sober since 2007
“I live free now. I don’t live perfectly, I don’t claim that. That’s a mistake because I can’t promise anything past today.” via Taste of Country

Joe Walsh
Guitarist (The Eagles)
25 years sober as of 2019
“I just kind of crossed a line. I had seen my buddies crash and burn. Keith Moon died, and I always thought that was the way he wanted to go. John Belushi was a dear friend. A lot of the guys that I ran with were ending up dead, and I saw myself right on schedule to do that. I had some moments of clarity, once in a while. I would assess the situation, after a blackout or something, and think, “Oh boy, this is getting really scary and I’ve got to do something about it.” But when you’re that far gone, you don’t know how to get help. And I never really got to act on it and pick up the phone, because two or three hours later, I was starting my day and I was drinking and starting to feel better.” via GQ

John Goodman
Actor
Sober for 12 years as of 2019
“I was shaking, I was still drinking, but I was still shaking. I had the clarity of thought that I needed to be hospitalized.” via Today

John Mayer
Singer-songwriter
Sober since October 2016
“I have the most amazing last-night-of-my-life-drinking story. It was Drake’s 30th birthday party, and I made quite a fool of myself. It took me weeks to stop doing this every morning I woke up. And then I had a conversation with myself. I remember where I was. I was in my sixth day of the hangover. That’s how big the hangover was. I looked out the window and I went, “OK, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?” I went, “100.”” via Complex

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Julien Baker
Singer-songwriter
Sober 6 years as of 2019
“No, I was not having fun. I was very scared and uncomfortable and sad. But I didn’t know how to name any of those emotions. I was just doing it because that’s what you do. Or that’s what people around me were doing. It was more like a numbing agent, or an escape mechanism, I suppose.” via GQ

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Kat Von D
Tattoo artist
Sober since July 7, 2007
“Personally, being sober means that I operate better and I function better; I believe I am meant to be that way. If anybody out there feels that they relate to me in any capacity and happen to be struggling, perhaps I can lead by example by showing that if I can do it, you can do it too.” via The Fix

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Kate Moss
Model
Sober for 2 years as of June 2020
“She’s settled down and is really happy with her new guy” via Daily Mail

Kathy Griffin
Comedian
“I probably just always knew even at a young age just to not go there.” via Mondays with Marlo

Keith Urban
Country singer
Sober since 2007
“I didn’t seem able to stop. There was no stopping this time. I’d go to sleep, wake up a couple hours later, go at it again, drinking to take the edge off. I remember thinking, ‘I’m probably not going to make it until tomorrow,’ and then I thought, ‘F**k it, I don’t care. It’ll be a relief to not have to. I’ll take an Ambien and at some point I’ll pass.” via Rolling Stone

Kelly Osbourne
Singer, reality star
Celebrated 1 year on August 9 2018
“I still don’t know who the fuck I am or what the fuck I want but I can whole heartedly confess that I’m finally at peace with myself and truly starting to understand what true happiness is.” via Instagram

Kelly Ripa
Talk show host, actor
Stopped drinking “a few years ago” as of 2020
“I did a sober month — all my girlfriends did it, we all did it together — and I just never went back to it. It wasn’t even really a thought process. It felt great, I felt like I looked great, I felt like I didn’t feel hungover. I just didn’t really feel the need or desire to go back to it. It wasn’t really a choice or a thought, it was just, ‘Yeah, I guess I don’t drink anymore.'” via People

Kendrick Lamar
Rapper
In response to rarely drinking and doing drugs- “I think that comes from just being around it so much as a kid. It’s almost like I had my share of experiences just watching it” via The Arsenio Hall Show

Kid Cudi
Rapper
Sober since 2014
“My doctor actually said I’m able to drink, but you know what? I went so long without it and I’ve accomplished so much, I feel good, I don’t need it.” via Complex

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Kristin Davis
Actor
Sober since 1987
“I get sent many a cosmo! I never drink them. I believe [alcoholism] is a disease. I don’t think you can mess with it. There was a time when people who didn’t know me well would say, ‘Couldn’t you just have one glass of champagne?’ And I would say, ‘No.’ I’m doing well. I still have occasional bad days. Why risk it?” via Health

Lala Kent
Actor, model
Announced in December 2018 she was 2 months sober
“Today marks 60 days that I’ve been sober and it’s been the best 60 days that I’ve had in a really long time” via Instagram

Lala Kent via @lalakent (Instagram)

Lana Del Rey
Singer-songwriter
Sober since 2003
“I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. … I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else.” via GQ

Leah McSweeney
Fashion designer, TV personality
Announced 3 months of sobriety June 28, 2020
“It’s been a trippy 90 days” via Instagram

Lena Dunham
Actor, writer
2 years sober as of April 10, 2020
“Two years ago I didn’t think I needed to get sober. But a quiet voice inside me said, “lay it down for a moment” and then other, louder voices helped me keep it up.” via Instagram

Leona Lewis
Singer-songwriter
“I don’t drink – I hate the taste of alcohol. When my debut single [Bleeding Love] went to No.1 I celebrated with non-alcoholic champagne.” via Glamour

Lily Allen
Singer-songwriter
1 year sober as of July 28, 2020
“So grateful for my health and happiness.” via Instagram

Marc Maron
Comedian
Sober 21 years as of August 9, 2020
“I was sort of in and out for years. It took me like 24, 25 years to get the 16 [years of sobriety] in a row that I have, because that never really locked in.” via NPR

Marcus Hopson (Hopson)
Rapper
“I think it’s the best way to live life, just to be pure, and to understand how to take control over [our] emotions. Just learn how to deal with situations, and not do drugs and do all that stuff to escape reality.” via KillerHipHop

Marcus Hopson via @REALhopsin (Twitter)

Marshall Mathers (Eminem)
Rapper, actor
12 years sober as of April 20, 2020
“I was the worst kind of addict, a functioning addict” via The New York Times

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Matthew Perry
Actor
Sober since 2001
“You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it solved in 28 days. Getting sober is a really hard thing to do.” via People

Michael Buble
Singer-songwriter
Sober since 2013 as of 2019
“I stopped everything. No more booze and no more smoking and started going to the gym.” via The Times

Miley Cyrus
Singer-songwriter, actor
6 months sober June 2020
“It’s really hard because especially being young, there’s that stigma of “you’re no fun.” It’s like, “honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I’m fun.” The thing that I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time. I don’t want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.” via Variety

Naomi Campbell
Model
Sober since at least 2005
“The time between 1998 and 2005 was especially bad. During that time I avoided looking in the mirror, because I didn’t like the person who was looking back at me. To be honest, there were times I thought I wouldn’t survive. I used to have a lot of problems. Amongst others I drank too much so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober.” via Vogue

Natalie Portman
Actor
Sober since her college years
“I didn’t get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that’s a good thing in many ways.” via US Weekly

Nicole Richie
Actor, TV personality
In recovery from drugs and alcohol since 2003
“I got too much too fast and nothing really excited me anymore. I was looking for excitement and creating drama in very dangerous ways.” via Footprints to Recovery

Nikki Sixx
Musician, radio host
Sober 19 years as of July 2, 2020
“First thing I did and continue to do is cut toxic people outta my life, then comes the first step and then freedom (If you work it). Even non addicts could use the 12 step program to better their lives. To me it’s a life program. I am a better man, father, husband, friend, bandmate and creative spirit because of this program.” via Loudwire

Ozzy Osbourne
Singer-songwriter
Sober 7 years as of 2020
“I thought it was the drugs and the alcohol that made it all work. But it’s not true. All I was doing for years is self-medicating ’cause I didn’t like the way I felt. But then this is [album “Ordinary Man”] the first album I’ve co-wrote and recorded fuckin’ completely sober… I quite like being sober now. ‘Cause at least I can remember the fucking thing I did yesterday.” via Apple Music

Pharrell Williams
Singer-songwriter, rapper
“Everybody else can do what they want, but that stuff isn’t for me. I’ve been drunk nine times in my life, and I ate some weed brownies once” via Paper

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Radric Davis (Gucci Mane)
Rapper
Sober since around 2013
“I felt like I couldn’t make music sober, I couldn’t enjoy my money sober. Why would I wanna go to a club and couldn’t smoke or drink? I felt like sex wouldn’t be good sober. I associated everything with being high. In hindsight I see it for what it was: I was a drug addict. I was naïve to the fact that I was numb.” via The New York Times

Richard Hall (Moby)
Musician
Sober for 11 years as of 2019
“My belief, before I got sober, was that fame was going to fix my feelings of inadequacy; that degeneracy was going to fix my depression; and promiscuity was going fix my childhood trauma. I longed for things to work in that way. I wanted to be fixed by these unhealthy external things. Part of sobriety—and a degree of spiritual fitness—is that we can’t, in adulthood, hold on to crazy, magical thinking.” via KQED

Ringo Starr
Drummer (The Beatles)
30 years sober as of 2019
“I just couldn’t really move without alcohol. And without drugs. I was not a purist in any way! So in the end, I said to Barbara [wife], ‘You’ve got to get us into one of those [rehab] places,’ I didn’t know where they were. But she called some friends of ours in LA who knew, and I went to Arizona, where I found myself with 88 mad people in this place.” via Parade

Rob Lowe
Actor
Celebrated 29 years of sobriety May 10, 2019
“Thank you to all those who have inspired me on this wonderful, challenging and life-changing journey. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with alcohol or addiction, there CAN be a future of hope, health and happiness . And it comes one day at a time.” via Instagram

Robert Downey Jr
Actor
Sober since 2003
“For me, I just happened to be in a situation the very last time and I said, “You know what? I don’t think I can continue doing this.” And I reached out for help and I ran with it, you know? Because you can reach out for help in a half-assed way, and you’ll get it, and you won’t take advantage of it. You know? It’s really not that difficult to overcome these seemingly ghastly problems. What’s hard is to decide.” via Oprah

Rosario Dawson
Actor
Quit drinking in 2020
“I want to have as much clarity as possible and be very intentional about every day.” via Women’s Health

Russell Brand
Comedian, actor
Celebrated 17 years sober December 13, 2019
“I was a proper smackhead, crackhead, and look at me now! No smack, no crack, still problems, still crazy…I have freedom now and you can have freedom too” via Twitter

Ryan Adams
Singer-songwriter
Celebrated 60 days sober in December 2018
“2018: you brought me to my knees. It turns out that’s where I needed to be: in prayer for everyone here or lost,” he captioned a photo of his sobriety coin. “In these trying times, God bless everyone struggling or on the path to empathy, kindness and recovery. Keep the Faith. & may the Faith keep you. XO.” via Twitter

Ryan Montgomery (Royce da 5’9″)
Rapper
Sober for 6 years as of 2018
“I thought drinking was what I needed for my edge. Actually, I needed it for my edge because I did it so much I became physically and mentally dependent on it. So what had to happen was I had to break myself and I had to take as much time as I needed to break myself from feeling that way and thinking that way. It took me a little over 2 years to be able to make music without feeling super awkward. And not even just make music- everything.” via DJBooth

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Samuel L. Jackson
Actor
Sober since 1991
“I took it a step further, I drank and I used drugs. I liked the feeling of not being cognisant of what was going on around me.” via The Telegraph

Sarah Silverman
Comedian
“Whenever I say I don’t drink, people just assume I’m in the program. But I have a Jewish stomach or something. I just don’t like the taste of alcohol. My boyfriend will open up a bottle of wine and I will take a sip and pull a face. It tastes like poison.” via The Guardian

Shania Twain
Singer-songwriter
“I like a clean band. I don’t like drugs. I don’t like alcohol. I like to have clean-living people around me.” via “Shania Twain: The Biography”

Sia
Singer-songwriter
September 11, 2019 celebrated 9 years
“I love you, keep going. You can do it” via Twitter

Stephen Glover (Steve-O)
TV Personality
Sober 11 years as of 2019
“The disease of alcoholism and addiction is about selfishness and self-centeredness, so the treatment of it; it’s helping others … Us sober people love it when you reach out for help. Join the pack, find someone who’s already sober and let us show you the way.” via LoudWire

“Steve-O” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Stephen King
Author
Sober since the late 1980s
“Knowing that I was a very heavy drinker at the time that I wrote The Shining and that I haven’t had a drink in about 25 years now [quote was said in 2013], you could draw certain conclusions from that, but I wouldn’t cop to it. Let me just say this … I’ve done a lot of personal research in these subjects.” via NPR

Steve Earle
Country singer-songwriter
Sober 24 years as of 2019
“What else would I do? I don’t take drugs anymore. I don’t drink. I love to fish with a fly rod” via Mother Jones

Steven Tyler
Singer-songwriter (Aerosmith)
Sober for 9 years as of December 2019
“All the magic that you thought worked when you were high comes out when you get sober. You realize it was always there, and your fear goes away” via GQ

Ted Nugent
Musician
Sober his entire life
“Stay clean and sober. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and garbage food will turn you into a stumbling, stinky zombie. Only stumbling, stinky zombie stoners don’t know this. Avoid stoners and zombies, for they are losers every time.” via tednugent.com

Tim Allen
Actor
Free of drugs and alcohol for 22 years as of 2020
“It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a day-to-day thing. You gotta reprise every day.” via The Kelly Clarkson Show

Tim McGraw
Country singer-songwriter
Sober since 2008
“I drank too much for a while. I knew that. My kids were getting older. You start thinking about mortality a bit. You start thinking about what your life’s going to be like when your kids are gone and you have grandkids. All those things start going through your mind.” via The Boot

Tom Chaplin
Singer-songwriter (Keane)
Sober since 2015
“My addiction has caused mayhem in my life. It has nearly killed me on many occasions … I almost feel I’m a new artist.” via Irish Examiner

Tom Hardy
Actor
Sober since 2003
“If I had four pints of lager and half a bottle of vodka I could turn this room into an absolute f***ing nightmare in about three minutes. I could destroy everything in my life I have worked so hard for.” via Mirror

“Tom Hardy” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Travis Barker
Drummer (Blink-182)
Sober since 2011
“Once I was clear-headed, and I hadn’t been clear-headed in so long, I was like, I can never go back. And I’m still thankful.” via Billboard

Trey Anastasio
Singer-songwriter (Phish)
Sober since January 5, 2007
“I thought my mojo was gone, but you find a new kind of mojo.” via GQ

Tyra Banks
Model, TV personality
Sober since the age of 12
“I feel like I’ve been very lucky because I don’t really have an addictive personality. I’ve never had any drugs, and I had a little taste of alcohol when I was 12 years old, but that’s about it.” via Forbes

Zac Efron
Actor
Sober since 2013
“What I found is structure. That led me to a balance of opposites: You get out of life what you put in.” via ELLE

Zachary Cole Smith
Singer (DIIV)
Sober since February 25, 2017
“Before I got sober, I was just creating wreckage in my life and living unmanageably. And I was kind of soul-less.” via GQ

DIIV by swimfinfan (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Zendaya Coleman (Zendaya)
Actor, singer
“Just because I’m now the legal drinking age, doesn’t mean I’m going to start throwing ’em back. Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!” via Zendaya.com

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