More than 2.5 million people are struggling with drug addiction and abuse in just the United States alone. On estimates, around 10 percent of these actually manage to receive treatment and cure.
Though associated with blasphemy, addiction is a very common issue in the society, persisting due to a variety of reasons with claimants ranging from childhood tragedy and unhealthy relationships to stressful careers or the usual ‘bad habits’ as the primary cause.
Irrespective of the reasons, the nefarious drugs affect everybody and from child stars and musicians to A-list actors and former heartthrobs.
Take a look at these 20 shocking photos of celebs before and after drugs –
#20 – Fiona Apple
Composing songs from the early age of eight, Fiona Apple shifted gears, from a classical pianist and child prodigy to a massive music icon of 80’s post her debut album Tidal.
She won a Grammy for her single “Criminal,” and was one her way to stardom When the Pawn (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005) and The Idler Wheel (2012).
Now in her late 30s, the singer-songwriter’s was even arrested back in 2012 at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas for having hashish in her car.
#19 – Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty rose to fame in the 1990s, the co-frontman for The Libertines. Originally from England, Doherty was also part of Babyshambles but the music merely scratched the surface.
He stole the spotlight in 2005 as the pop culture media outlets and tabloids reported him dating supermodel Kate Moss.
However, he has been very vulnerable with drug issues, as a rap sheet a mile long marked with crimes such as car theft and possession of marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine were in records. Doherty recently spent a couple of months in rehab and is coming clean. We really hope he sticks with it.
#18 – DMX
Earl Simmons was born in New York in 1970, and is known by the stage name DMX after a becoming a successful beatboxer in the late 80’s.
Albums like And Then There Was X featuring the hit single “Party Up (Up In Here).” as well as hollywood blockbusters like Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and Cradle 2 the Grave add up to his long list of accolades.
The 46-year-old DMX has had a long history of drug abuse, been in and out of jail for the last 17 years from reckless driving and assault to drug possession and animal cruelty. Certainly not a pretty picture.
#17 – Dennis Rodman
Introducing NBA’s bad boy, packed with wild hair colors, tattoos and body piercings, Dennis “The Worm” Rodman is one of the best rebounding forwards in NBA history.
He’s payed for franchises like Bulls, Pistons, Lakers, Spurs and Mavericks, and the defensive capabilities led him to five NBA Championships, two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards and seven All-Defensive First Team honors.
However, Rodman’s drug and alcohol addiction went haywire in 2009 and further aggravated as his family and friends staged an intervention on National TV: Celebrity Apprentice.
Things haven’t been going really great for him confirmed in 2014 agent that he had been drinking more than ever before.
#16 – Fergie
Born as Stacy Ann Ferguson in California, Fergie is part of The Black Eyed Peas, with megahits like “I Gotta Feeling” and “Meet Me Halfway” to her name.
Long before this, Fergie launched was also a child actor on Kids Incorporated and she later joined an all-girl band, Wild Orchid back in the last decade of the twentieth century.
During an interview with Time magazine in 2006, Fergie admitted to her addiction with crystal meth and how things spiralled quickly out of control in her days with Wild Orchid.
#15 – Aaron Carter
Another teen heartthrob from the 90s, singer Nick Carter rose to fame with the Backstreet Boys and he managed to release a solo album Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) that sold three million copies in the 2000s.
Despite his quick rise to fame, the drug problems started in the mid-2000s when he was first booked for marijuana possession.
By 2011, Carter admitted himself into the Betty Ford Center for a month as result of a Xanax addiction and he unfortunately lost his sister to an overdose back in 2012 and has vowed to live clean ever since.
#14 – Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly made her acting debut in a 1992 episode of Married…with Children and she finally got her big break in 1998 with That 70’s Show.
She spent nearly three seasons on the series and attempted to make a return in the fifth season, only to be later replaced by Christina Moore as a result of her drinking problem.
Kelly was later sentenced to 12 months of probation, after being arrested for driving under the influence and was even charged with a felony assault back in 2012.
At the age of 43, Kelly’s life came to a tragic end due to a drug overdose at a California rehab facility.
#13 – Mischa Barton
Best remembered as Marissa Cooper on the hit television series The O.C., Mischa Barton was even named the “It Girl” of 2003 by Entertainment Weekly.
An overnight success thanks to the show, she was facing troubles finding her footing after it although she appeared in flicks like St. Trinian’s and Closing the Ring.
Barton was arrested for drunk driving, driving without a valid license and possession of marijuana in 2007.
Things continued to go worse from bad for Burton and in 2009, she was diagnosed with a mental illness and admitted into psychiatric care for a fortnight.
#12 – Macaulay Culkin
Ranked 2nd on VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars of All Time after Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin is most remembered for the Home Alone franchise; “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.”
The child actor flexed his acting muscles in movies like My Girl, The Good Son, Richie Rich and fan favorites like Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
However, he only managed to make headlines years later as the Oklahoma City police caught him with marijuana, Alprazolam and Clonazepam.
Though he seems to be clean these days and even made TV appearances in 2015 on The Jim Gaffigan Show, the former Hollywood golden boy continues to remain a mystery for everybody.
#11 – Tara Reid
Tara Reid became an instant child star at the age of six, though she struggled to transition her career over to the silver screen.
The 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski was the exact thing that she needed to turn her career around and it landed her big roles in blockbuster hits like Urban Legend, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and American Pie.
Although Reid has been through multiple rehab stints over the years, she claims alcohol was her only addiction despite many of her friends saying otherwise.
However, sources close to the blonde bombshell testify that she was one of the earliest “celebrity trainwrecks”
#10 – Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes became a household name after her roles in the hit shows such as All That, the hit WB series What I Like About You from 2002 until 2006.
Another child actor and drug abuse, Amanda even has a handful of films including to her name including She’s the Man and Easy A.
However, things turned ugly for her and the drug abuse started to take its toll on her celebrity stardom.
She was arrested for drink & driving including two alleged hit and runs, and she was facing criminal charges for possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence.
#9 – Kate Moss
Pete Doherty’s ex-girlfriend for a brief period, English model Kate Moss was discovered at the age of 14 at the JFK Airport and she even lead an altogether new movement known as heroin chic within the modelling industry.
As Moss landed on the cover of fashion magazines and commercials over and over again, little did anyone notice that she was actually living up to be the heroin chic trend.
Rumors of her drug abuse surfaced early in her career and enveloped the biggest scandals with big name brands like Burberry, Chanel and H&M dropping over $4 million worth of contracts.
This was the past, as she has managed to rebuild herself and back in 2012, Forbes named her second top most earning models for the year.
#8 – Whitney Houston
Another influential trendsetter on the list, Whitney Houston is perhaps the most respected female artists ever.
She is well known for her killer vocals in hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Greatest Love of All.”
Grossing over 200 million albums worldwide with 7 consecutive Billboard Hot 100 hits, she is one of the highest selling musicians in history.
However, by the dawn of a new millennium she had lost much of her sparkle as she even admitted to cocaine abuse by 2002.
A decade later, Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel due to fatal heart diseases and excesive cocaine abuse.
#7 – Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson was just 23 years old when she made her first appearance for Playboy and she spent a couple of decades gracing the magazine’s feature stories and covers.
She starred in Baywatch and made even bigger headlines after public relationships with notorious drummer Tommy Lee, poker player Rick Salomon and singer Kid Rock.
Her busty appearances took a different turn in the early 2000s and she publicly admitted to cocaine and alcohol addiction just two years back.
Pamela finally went to rehab after years of drug use and she has taken a road of sobriety and salvation since then.
#6 – Britney Spears
This one needs no introduction: “Hit me baby one more time!” Britney Spears has been one of the biggest celeb music icons and has been working as a child actor from the young age of eight, alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club.
She released her smash album, Baby One More Time and followed it up with even bigger hits like Oops! I Did It Again and Blackout. Having said all that, she had a very humiliating of public meltdown of her time and her music career came to a complete halt in 2007.
She even managed to make it to one of the most famous tabloid shots in media history, wherein she walks into a salon and simply shaves her head. Soon after all that, she managed to recover and is again a star today and loved by one and all.
#5 – Edward Furlong
Edward Furlong made his silver screen debut at the age of 14, as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The performance was great, and so were the rewards that earned him an MTV Award and important roles in hit flicks such as Before and After, A Home of Our Own and American History X.
However, the 38-year-old struggled terribly with his heroin and cocaine addiction throughout much of the 1990s and even checked into rehab at the turn of millennia.
Furlong however had multiple relapses and to avoid jail time, he agreed to 90 days of rehab and 18 months of domestic violence counseling.
He has taken the sentencing seriously, or so it seems as he has managed to stay out of trouble till now. Well, only time will tell.
#4 – Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown started out as the lead singer with the R&B boy band New Edition in the early 80s and his accolades include hits like “Cool It Now” and “Candy Girl.”
Brown was although fired from the band, he managed to make a successful solo career with hits like “My Prerogative” and highly publicized marriage with music legend Whitney Houston.
He had however started smoking pot in very his early days and his drinking habits transitioned into crack cocaine and heroin abuse in the late 90s.
Brown has been on his way down since then, with multiple arrests for drinking under the influence following his divorce in 2007 after years of infidel domestic violence and drug abuse.
#3 – Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan, the adorable and mischievous freckle-faced little girl was just 11 when she starred in Disney’s remake of The Parent Trap.
She landed starring roles in films like Freaky Friday and Herbie: Fully Loaded, though it was the quintessential hit flick Mean Girls in 2004 that made her a teen icon and household name.
However, her hardcore partying style finally caught up with her as she was hospitalized in 2006 for supposed dehydration and arrested twice next year for driving under the influence.
Despite the constant failures at overcoming the drug addiction and limiting its abuse, it seems that she might just be back on the right track post her stage debut in London in 2014.
#2 – George Michael
George Michael is perhaps the greatest pop music icon of the 80’s, with his signature pumped out post-disco dance hits like “Careless Whisper” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.”
He left the band in 1987 and soon earned the reputation of a“blue-eyed soul singer”, and his albums like Faith and Five Live made him the world’s best-selling music artists of all time.
George’s history of drug abuse though remains fuzzy, he was arrested numerous times starting from 2006 for offences such as possession of prescription drugs and driving under influences.
He was sentenced to eight weeks at Highpoint Prison back in 2010, and it seems that the jail time has done the trick as he’s managed to stay out of trouble since then.
#1 – Amy Winehouse
Almost everybody thought that Amy Winehouse would be the new voice of soul, the Londoner had one of the most unique pipes that the music industry had heard in quite some time.
over the past decade. Amy received heavenly praises and appreciation for her blended style of rhythm, soul, jazz and blues as she was became the first British female to win 5 Grammys with hits like “Rehab,’ “Back to Black” and “You Know I’m No Good”.
However, things turned pretty ugly for her grandmother passed away in 2006 and she was admitted to a hospital after overdosing on a combination of heroin, cocaine and alcohol some time after that.
The situation did not at all seem to improve for her, as after attempts of inflicting self harm and an acute depressive mentality, Amy was found dead in 2011 from alcohol poisoning.