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Celebrities Sharing Their Struggles to Assist Others

Celebrities Sharing Their Struggles to Assist Others


Celebrities may seem to have it all, but they are just like us when it comes to mental health and addiction issues. In recent years, several celebrities have opened up about their struggles with addiction and mental health problems in the hope of helping others.

Matthew Perry Shares His Story

Matthew Perry, known for his role as Chandler on Friends, has struggled with addiction to alcohol and painkillers, requiring detoxification 65 times. In his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Horrible Thing, he doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of addiction and fame. Perry hopes that by sharing his story, he can help end the stigma associated with addiction.

Power of Vulnerability

Singer-actress Selena Gomez released My Mind and Me, an Apple TV+ documentary that provides a raw, unfiltered look inside her own struggle with depression and anxiety. Despite her multi-hyphenated status in singing, acting, and product branding, the film details how despair and crippling anxiety plagued her every step of the way, including during her 2016 world tour. After seeking treatment, Gomez was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She hopes that by being open about her diagnosis, she can help reduce stigma.

The Pursuit of Sobriety

Rapper Kendrick Lamar hopes to be an advocate for those living in sobriety after growing up in a family where substance abuse was common place. Daniel Radcliffe, known for the Harry Potter franchise, has been open about his long road to sobriety and how he feels much better without alcohol playing a central role in his life.

Robert Downey Jr., who played Iron Man in the Marvel Universe, has been open about his rocky road to recovery. He spoke candidly about his battle with substance abuse, repeated trips to rehab, jail time, and how he prioritizes his sobriety every day



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