Happy 4th of July, sweet readers!
(Well, almost, or belated, depending on when you’re reading this.)
In honor of July 4th, I thought we’d take a look back at four of the most inspiring celebrity mental health stories of 2013 so far.
After (and sometimes before and during) battling addiction and mental illness, these famous folk have enjoyed successful careers and helped spread education, encouragement, and hope to others.
1. Friends Star Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry has been pretty vocal about his own prescription pain pill addiction and rehab. After a friend introduced him to the nation’s drug court system, he became pretty vocal about that, too, leading U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to present him with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.” (Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy)
2. Rapper and Musician Macklemore
Macklemore has seen extreme success since his 2012 hit “Thrift Shop,” but the rapper might not be on top of the world if it weren’t for staying sober since 2008, after he completed rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. To stay on the straight and narrow, Macklemore still attends AA meetings, evening inviting Rolling Stone along for one. (Macklemore Talks Fame and Sobriety Struggles)
3. Filter Frontman Richard Patrick
Just in time for Filter’s sixth studio album, the band’s lead man talked with The Fix about his struggles with alcoholism, cocaine addiction, and ADHD, and how rehab, medication, and his wife have helped keep him clean since 2002! (Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety)
4. Almost Famous Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
I know he’s been in tons more than Almost Famous (including Moneyball and Capote), but Almost Famous is my favorite movie of all time, okay? Which makes me even happier for Hoffman, who, after being sober since he was 22, fell off the wagon last year. Hoffman started abusing prescription drugs and heroin before checking himself into an east coast rehab center. Now, he has four movies coming up, including The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Philip Seymour Hoffman: Out of Rehab, Back On the Wagon!)
Who’s been your favorite mental health success story? Someone famous, like these guys, or someone in your life? Or, maybe it’s YOU! Share with us in the comments below!