When you’re in the spotlight, you become the talk of the town. Sometimes, all of that pressure and attention can become overwhelming, and the only thing that seems to solve it is getting drunk or getting high.
These 20 celebrities know that road and have made attempts to recover (with varying degrees of success). You’re sure to recognize a few names on the list, but some might surprise you. Names like…
Because of his family’s long history with alcohol addiction, actor Ben Affleck checked into rehab in 2001 to prevent it from happening to him.
After being arrested for drunk driving in June 2010, actor Chris Klein checked into the Cirque Lodge treatment center for a 30 day alcohol addiction program.
In 2002, actor Joshua Jackson spent time in an alcohol education program after a dispute with a security guard at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game.
In late 2010, Janice Dickinson made her rehab stint very public with an appearance on season four of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, hosted by the controversial Dr. Drew Pinsky.
In 2005, Courtney Love was ordered in a lockdown rehab after years of substance abuse. She wrote about her experience in the Hole track “How Dirty Girls Get Clean.”
After partying at Roosevelt Hotel’s Beacher’s Madhouse on New Year’s Eve, David Arquette kicked off 2011 by checking himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.
Robert Downey Jr.
Before becoming one of the biggest movies stars in the world, Robert Downey Jr. had a well-publicized battle with substance abuse, which resulted in numerous trips to rehab.
In 2008, Kirsten Dunst checked herself into the Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah for her depression. Since leaving the place, the actress gained praised for her work in Melancholiaand Fargo.
Catherine Zeta Jones
While Catherine Zeta Jones has spent her life battling bipolar disorder, she checked herself into rehab in 2011 after her husband Michael Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer.
Shortly after the release of his 2006 studio album Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing, Keith Urban checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse. In the late ’90s, he went to rehab to end his addiction to cocaine.
In early 2005, Joaquin Phoenix, who gained Oscar nominations for his work in Walk The Line and The Master, checked himself into rehab for a two-week stint in order to stop his alcohol abuse.
In 2001, actress Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting and was forced to serve time in rehab for using various drugs without a legal prescription.
In February 2007, Britney Spears made headlines for walking around with a shaved head in Los Angeles a day after stepping out of drug rehab.
In 2008, Tara Reid checked into rehab at the Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California. The actress’ career has seen a jolt thanks to the Sharknado films.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez, who is best known for playing Letty Ortiz in the Fast & Furious franchise, went to rehab and spent time in jail for alcohol abuse in 2006.
In 2008, Grammy-winning rapper Eminem checked himself into rehab for his consistent drug problems, which became public after a 2007 trip to the hospital for a methadone overdose. This trip was the inspiration for the albums Relapse and Recovery.
In 2011, actress Estella Warren tried to run from a DUI arrest, but she was caught and paid a $100,000 bail for her release. She was ordered into rehab for six months.
Dennis Quaid, who gained accolades for his work in Far from Heaven and Great Balls of Fire!, checked into rehab for drug and alcohol abuse when it affected his acting career.
Charlie Sheen’s acting career was nearly crippled by his two rehab stints for drug abuse. His marriage to Denise Richards ended because of his drug problems.
From 2007 to 2013, Lindsay Lohan went to rehab on six different occasions. Her struggle was documented in the 2014 reality series Lindsay on the Oprah Winfrey Network.