Stars Whose Careers Thrived After Rehab

There are numerous celebrities who rose to prominence and halted their success for their addiction. Some, after rehab, made a rebound in their careers in a form that sometimes surpasses what they accomplished in the past.


At the age of seven, Drew Barrymore starred in “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”. However, at the age of 14, the actress had to enter treatment for smoking marihuana and drinking alcohol. After rehab, she built up a resume thanks to her role in 1995’s “Boys On The Side”. She made successful transition from child star to adult actress with films like “Poison Ivy”, “Bad Girls”, and “Everyone Says I love You”.

Barrymore established herself in romantic comedies like “The Wedding Singer” and “Lucky You” by the late 1990s.

While being at the height of career, Gary Oldman had to spend time at Marworth, an alcoholism treatment facility in Pennsylvania. After completing treatment, he made a rebound in his career. In recent years, he is recognizable as Sirius Black in “Harry Potter“, which is one of the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time.

U.K. actor Gary Oldman has portrayed Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Ludwig Van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK, and Pontius Pilate in Jesus.

Steven Tyler was the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith which was one of the most popular bands in the 1970s. However, the singer was the stuff of legend. Aerosmith’s members persuaded him to seek treatment. He completed rehabilitation in 1986 and maintained sobriety for more than 20 years.

After Aerosmith’s remarkable comeback, Tyler has remained a relevant rock icon. He was recently included among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers.

Samuel L. Jackson entered treatment facility for his addiction. After completing treatment, he starred as a crack addict in Jungle Fever and made appearances in many other films. He has several upcoming film projects between 2010 and 2012.

Samuel L. Jackson appeared in “Jurassic Park” and the Star Wars saga.

Robert Downey Jr. used to be little known at the time of his role. However, the star of “Less than Zero” became more popular for his arrests for possession and his stays in treatment facilities by the 1990s. After five years of rehab and relapse, the actor made a return to his career. In 2007, Downey starred as the title character in “Iron Man” and reprised the role of Toney Stark in the 2010 sequel, “Iron Man 2”.

Downey won many end-of-year awards from critics and film associations for his role in the first Iron Man film.

David Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with single “Fame” in 1975 and uneven commercial success in the late 1970s. In 1983, he reached a new commercial peak with the album “Let’s Dance”, which topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Singer David Bowie’s life was threatened for his addictive substance habit during the 1970s.

Marshall Mathers’s career success was cut short for his treatment for an addiction to Ambien. In 2009, he made a re-emerge with his first album “Relapse”. The album’s first single “Not Afraid” debuted at number 1.



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