Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, and More Celebs Who Got Candid About Their Addictions and Sobriety Journeys

From Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper to Demi Lovato and Jamie Lee Curtis, stars share their stories on sobriety and how they turned their lives around after struggling with addiction.

Getting sober may not be easy, but there are those who aren’t afraid to tell their story.

Stars like Bradley Cooper and Demi Lovato have been honest about their sobriety journey, candidly detailing their past struggles with addiction and what—or who—ultimately drove them to seek help.

For the director of “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper, who struggled with cocaine and alcohol abuse during the early 2000s, his wake-up call came from Will Arnett. In a 2022 appearance on Arnett’s podcast “Smartless,” Cooper shared that he had no idea he was on a self-destructive path until Arnett confronted him about his behavior at a dinner party with friends.

“That was the first time I ever realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol,” Cooper shared. “He took the risk of having a difficult conversation with me, which put me on a path to change my life.”

In getting sober and being open about his experience, Cooper went on to inspire Brad Pitt to embark on his own journey.

“I got sober because of this guy,” Pitt told the audience after Cooper presented him with an award at the 2020 National Board of Review Annual Awards. “And every day has been happier ever since.”

Brad Pitt, known for roles in movies like “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” battled addictions to alcohol and cannabis before making a change in his lifestyle. He admitted that his journey towards sobriety is ongoing. In a 2017 interview with GQ Style, Pitt shared, “I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them your whole life or you answer them and evolve.”

This sentiment is echoed by Demi Lovato, who experienced a relapse in 2018 and became addicted to heroin, leading to a near-fatal overdose.

“Sobriety is what works for me and nothing else,” Lovato, who now abstains from drugs and alcohol, told Alternative Press in 2022. “My story isn’t over.”

These stories of overcoming addiction and embracing sobriety are not unique to the entertainment industry. Celebrities like Tom Holland, Demi Moore, and Matthew Perry have also shared their own struggles and paths to recovery.

Tom Holland, known for his role in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” stopped drinking alcohol in 2022 after feeling controlled by it. He admitted to having been addicted to alcohol and shared that making this lifestyle change improved his mental clarity and overall well-being.

Demi Moore, while accepting the 2018 Woman of the Year Award, spoke about her own battle with substance and alcohol abuse. She acknowledged a “self-destructive path” that threatened her career but ultimately led her to seek help and turn her life around.

Matthew Perry, a star of the TV show “Friends,” openly discussed his addiction struggles, revealing that he had spent millions on trying to get sober. Perry’s journey began with alcohol and drugs at a young age, leading to a long struggle with addiction.

These stories of addiction and recovery remind us that seeking help and sharing one’s experiences can lead to positive change and inspire others who are on a similar journey.