If there’s any way to prove that addiction is an illness that can happen to anyone, regardless of age, class, location, or background, is the fact that some of these celebrities have gone through the same thing that many of our clients are currently struggling with.

These three celebrities shared their views with others on beating addiction that provide insights for everyone on the same journey.

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Actor Robert Downey, Jr. was able to beat his addictions in 2001 after a number of arrests for drug possession as well as attempts at rehab. The challenge of overcoming his addictions were not met alone, which is one important aspect that he mentions often in relating his past to others. “I don’t pretend it didn’t happen,” he told Playboy in a 2010 interview. “More than anything I have this sense that I’m a veteran of a war that is difficult to discuss with people who haven’t been there.”

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Recording artist Demi Lovato who got her start as a Disney star fought a well-publicized battle with bulimia, depression and substance abuse. The singer, who is now healthy and drug free with a career that is bigger than ever had words of wisdom to others whether they are facing addiction or other challenges in life. She was reported to have said: “Weakness is living in denial. Only the strongest people ask for help.”

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Actor and comedian Russell Brand utilized abstinence-based recovery to overcome his heroin addiction. As a vocal advocate for those battling drug addictions, Brand spoke of his improved life with a strong career, home, friendships and much brighter prospects and future outlook. For those that have beat addiction through rehab, Brand made it clear that having these things comes at a price: “The price of this is constant vigilance because the disease of addiction is not rational.”

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