Jessica Simpson and other celebrities who've battled addiction

Jessica Simpson shares 'unrecognizable' photo to mark four years sober, plus Josh Brolin celebrates milestone of his own

Stars Insider

02/11/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Struggles

Fame and fortune have always held unique caveats for Hollywood stars, whether it be the pressures of audiences, the invasion of privacy, or the stress of never being able to live a "normal" life again. Many resort to substance abuse to take the edge off, but get lost and struggle to find their way back. 

Jessica Simpson just celebrated four years of sobriety by sharing an "unrecognizable" old photo of herself to Instagram wearing a pink track suit and no makeup, and candidly sharing her journey out of "self-sabotage" in the caption.  

"This person in the early morning of Nov 1, 2017 is an unrecognizable version of myself. I had so much self discovery to unlock and explore. I knew in this very moment I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity," she wrote. "Personally, to do this I needed to stop drinking alcohol because it kept my mind and heart circling in the same direction and quite honestly I was exhausted. I wanted to feel the pain so I could carry it like a badge of honor," adding that she didn't want to continue the cycle of regret she felt.

"There is so much stigma around the word alcoholism or the label of an alcoholic," Simpson continued. "The real work that needed to be done in my life was to actually accept failure, pain, brokenness, and self sabotage. The drinking wasn’t the issue. I was. I didn’t love myself. I didn’t respect my own power. Today I do. I have made nice with the fears and I have accepted the parts of my life that are just sad. I own my personal power with soulful courage. I am wildly honest and comfortably open. I am free."

There have been many other stars who turned to drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives to help cope, and the road to recovery often isn't linear. Click through this gallery to learn more about some of these famous faces and their battles.

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