Addiction is something that can affect people from all walks of life. However, for those who live their lives in the spotlight, struggling with addiction can be even more difficult. Although these people usually have the resources to get themselves into the best rehab programs, they also have the resources to financially support their unhealthy habits. As a result, many celebrities who enter rehab programs find themselves relapsing – and in some cases overdosing – shortly after. Regardless of how you feel about certain celebrities, it’s always heartbreaking to see someone struggle with a habit. Here are 10 celebrities who were only made worse by going to rehab.
When Whitney Houston passed away of a drug overdose in 2012, the world was shocked and saddened. Houston, who was one of the most incredible talents of her generation, struggled with drug addiction throughout most of her career. Although she entered rehab in 2011, things seemed to only get worse for Houston once she was released.
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Charlie Sheen seems to be doing okay now, but do you remember that huge meltdown he had back in 2011? Yeah, that was AFTER he had gone to rehab – multiple times. Apparently, Sheen just doesn’t believe rehab has anything to offer him, stating, “t’s not for me. It’s not for everyone. It’s not a one-size-fits-all and it didn’t fit me.” With that being said, it’s really shouldn’t come as a surprise that he never seems to get anything out of it. During an interview in 2012, he admitted to still drinking, and by the sound of things, he doesn’t plan on ever ditching the self-destructive behavior.
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Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, DMX was one of the best rappers in the game. His aggressive flow made him unique, and many people thought he was going to have a long-lasting and successful career. However, his substance abuse problems led to his down fall and X soon found himself trying to hang on to what he built. He entered rehab on 2002, but things only seemed to continue to get worse. In 2004, he was arrested for drug possession and spent some time in jail. Following that arrest, he’s been arrested on several other occasions since. In 2013, after appearing on an episode of Iyanla, Fix My Life, it was very clear that X was still in a very troubled place.
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In 2011, many people were proud of David Arquette when he entered rehab to help with his substance abuse issues. At first, things seemed to be going great for the star, and even reached a milestone of 100 days of sobriety. However, in 2014, Arquette announced that he had relapsed and stated, “I’m not sober. It’s very hard to [work in the nightlife field and stay sober]. That’s probably why I’m not sober.” Apparently, owning a club that serves liquor isn’t the best choice to make when you struggle with addiction.
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Mel Gibson has definitely struggled with his addictions over the years. Gibson, who has admitted to starting to drink at just 13-years-old has gone to rehab several times for both his substance abuse issues and his anger. Although he successfully completed a program in 2006, Gibson just can’t seem to stay on the straight and narrow. However, unlike many other people in his position, some believe that Gibson’s behavior has very little to do with the fact that he is a recovering addict, and more to do with the fact that he’s just a jerk.
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Andy Dick used to have it all, and his off-the-wall behavior made him popular amongst fans. However, Andy struggled with addiction throughout his career, and much of his behavior can be attributed to the fact that he was under the influence. He has gone to rehab on more than one occasion, but unfortunately it hasn’t seemed to help much. Most recently, he appeared on a celebrity rehab show, Sober House, in 2009, where he attempted to help overcome his struggles. After leaving rehab, he continued to behave inappropriately, and admitted to relapsing.
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Before his death in 2013, Glee star Cory Monteith, entered rehab to deal with the drug addiction he had battled with during his entire adult life. That stint in rehab actually wasn’t his first, and at just 19 his mother and friends helped him to enter a program. Unfortunately, even after leaving the program, Monteith still struggled to overcome his demons. When he was found dead in his hotel room, it was revealed that he died of a drug overdose.
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Ol’ Dirty Bastard
As one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard will always be considered one of hip-hop’s most legendary acts. However, his drug addiction cut his career and his life short. Although he spent time in rehab, ODB just couldn’t stay on the straight and narrow. He spent time in and out of prison and unfortunately, he passed away of a drug overdose 2004 – just two days before his 36th birthday.
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During her adult life, former child star, Amanda Bynes, has really struggled. Over the last few years, she has had several run-ins with the law – many of which were the result of her substance abuse – that eventually resulted in her being placed in a treatment facility at a Los Angeles hospital. Even after being released from treatment, Bynes was arrested on a DUI charge. In 2014, she was placed in a psychiatric ward after going on a bizarre Twitter rant suggesting that her father had sexually abused her and claiming that a microchip had been inserted into her brain.
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Three trips to rehab haven’t seemed to do anything for Lindsay Lohan. In fact, it almost seemed like she’s spiraled even more out of control each time she’s been released. After several run-ins with the law, and behavior that has damaged her credibility in the acting world, many hope that Lohan will be able to put the pieces back together. As of now, she definitely seems to be on the right track, but only time will tell.
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