Celebs Who Battled Addiction Through Healthy Habits
Although recent reports have surfaced that actress Demi Moore may once again be battling drug addiction (Moore had a stint in rehab during her ‘Brat Pack' days), the seemingly healthy actress, albeit shrinking in size lately, has long been the picture of fitness. In the ‘90s, the St. Elmo's Fire standout emerged from the haze of the hard-partying ‘80s to buff soldier in the 1997 flick GI Jane. She is one of several celebrities who have battled their demons through fitness and wellness.
We went to celebrity trainer and fitness director at New Jersey's Sky Club Fitness and Spa Jolene Matthews to find out how six stars kicked their vices. Matthews herself is no stranger to addiction. As a recovering alcoholic, the trainer puts her past to good use through her company Addiction Fitness and Wellness, where she helps her clients "replace negative addictions with positive ones."
Angelina Jolie: The Healthy Humanitarian
has confessed to doing "just about every drug possible," even admitting to using cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, and other drugs in a 1998 interview. But the Oscar-winning actress, mother of six, and passionate humanitarian has since given up her unhealthy ways.
"While I personally liked her more muscular look in the Lara Croft films, it is inspiring to see a role model who focuses on good eating habits like sushi, vegetables, and broths," Matthews says.
Kelly Osbourne: Dancing Saved Her
, daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, was reportedly popping up to 50 prescription pills a day by the age of 17. After her fourth stint in rehab in 2009, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant and E! Fashion Police panelist said she finally felt optimistic about her chances at recovery.
"For the first time, I felt hopeful. I knew I'd been given another chance at my life, at my career, at happiness. I wanted to grab it," the 26-year-old wrote in her book, Fierce.
"That is how profound the disease of addiction is and how profound the recovery is," Matthews says. "There are very few people who make it, let alone shine and thrive as Osbourne has."
Nicole Richie: From Bad Girl to Hard-Working Mom
After being arrested for heroin possession in 2003, Nicole Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie, went to rehab. Four years later the Simple Life star was still battling her demons, and admitted to driving under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin.
"People ask me, do I blame Hollywood or my parents?" the 29-year-old told InStyle U.K. in 2010. "No, I don't blame my parents. It had nothing to do with them. I created it and manifested it, and I got myself through it with the help of a lot of great people."
"Her disease progressed into arrests and unmanageability," Matthews says. "But through a healthy diet and exercise regimen of yoga and meditation, Richie regained her self-esteem."
Today, the mother of two is a successful fashion designer and businesswoman. "Now, we see a more balanced woman who is open about her past in order to be a role model for other young women who may be sick or suffering as she once was."
Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen Crying Out for Help
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has publicly admitted she was once so addicted to prescription painkillers, she even stole them from a family member. The addiction stemmed from her own unhealthy body image. After undergoing several plastic surgery procedures, the Halloween star abused the painkillers she was prescribed and mixed them with heavy drinking.
She reportedly got so caught up in her addiction that, for a period of time, she didn't even care about her own health or well-being. This led to weight gain and a general state of unfit. "So I made a change and lost some weight," she says. Now, Curtis, 53, is arguably one of the most fit actresses in Hollywood.
"She is an advocate for eating right, toning her body, and keeping a balanced lifestyle and credits this to keeping her addiction at bay," Matthews says.
Kristin Davis: From Suffering to Sex
Sex in the City
star Kristin Davis has candidly revealed to gossip sites how she didn't think she would live past the age of 30, and that alcoholism runs in her family.
"I'm a recovering alcoholic," celebrity-gossip.net quotes David as saying. "I've never hidden it, but I've been sober the whole time I've been famous, so it wasn't like I had to go to rehab publicly."
What made her stop? Matthews says it was Davis' passion for her craft, along with meditation and a healthy lifestyle.
Drew Barrymore: From the Wrong Path to the Road to Superstardom
Child star Drew Barrymore was reportedly drinking and smoking cigarettes by the tender age of 9 years old. Just a year later, she was already smoking marijuana and two years after that, doing cocaine.
"Barrymore is one of those rare cases of a child star with substance abuse issues who was able to overcome them by the time she became an adult," Matthews says. The now 36-year old actress, who maintains a healthy figure without succumbing to Hollywood's super-skinny standards, spent several years as a vegetarian and also reportedly runs and does yoga and Pilates.