A recovery for Charlie Sheen — whose ongoing unraveling in front of one major media outlet after another — may seem hopeless at the moment. But many equally down-and-out stars, including Sheen’s own father Martin, have made peace with addiction and gone on to live healthy, clean, fulfilling lives. “Celebrities are role models, and they can use this status with fellow celebs to demonstrate their own healthy journey into a legitimate, long-term treatment program,” says David Kipper, MD, a substance abuse specialist in Beverly Hills and author of The Addiction Solution. Maybe Charlie can learn a lesson from the inspiring recoveries of such celebs as Elton John, Kelly Osbourne, Drew Barrymore, Robin Williams, and more.
Sheen, who is a recovering alcoholic and active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, primarily credits his religion with his success. “I got sober through Catholicism, through my faith,” Sheen told AARP: The Magazine in 2008. He says he got involved with AA as a way to help Charlie with his addiction problems.