Famous Opiate Addicts

Famous Opiate Addicts

Opiate addiction isn’t confined to the shadows anymore. Many famous people have made public now how they’ve struggled with it over the years. From prescription drugs to heroin, opiates have rapidly become the most pressing drug problem in our country.¬†While we want to respect the privacy of everyone struggling with addiction, here are just a few of the famous opiate addicts who’ve chosen to speak publicly about their struggles.

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr. is arguably the most famous of the modern-day opiate users. His highly-publicized battle with addiction in 1990s and early 2000s was bookended by his stunning return as Tony Stark in The Avengers and the Iron Man franchise to become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Only a few years removed from winning the Academy Award for best actor, and another nomination, Phillip Seymour Hoffman found him struggling with an addiction to prescription pain pills. Fortunately, the first time he found himself turning to heroin to get a fix, he realized he needed help and checked himself in to a detox facility. While there’s been some concern that he addressed the chemical problem too quickly, without addressing the underlying psychological challenges, we’re happy to see him feeling better and starting down the road to recovery.

Other famous opiate addicts include:
* Eminem
* Courtney Love
* Charlie Sheen
* Michael Jackson
* Anna Nicole Smith
* Rush Limbaugh
* Elvis Presley
* Chevy Chase