Before and after drugs: Did you know that nearly 2.5 million people in the United States struggle with drug addiction (and that doesn’t even include alcohol)? It’s also estimated that around 10 percent of those struggling with addiction actually receive treatment, which leaves 90 percent of addicts to self-medicate and self-treat in far less successful ways. Although terrifying, addiction is very common in society as people become addicted to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons claiming everything from tragic childhoods and unhealthy relationships to high-pressure careers and bad habits as the cause.
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Whatever the reason, addiction doesn’t discriminate when it comes to victims as even some of the world’s biggest and most successful celebrities have been affected.
From child stars and musicians to A-list actors and former heartthrobs, we uncovered celebrities whose addictions created a downward spiral from the highest point of their careers down a dark path filled with drugs and alcohol. Are you curious as to who they are, what happened and where they are now? Take a look at these 20 shocking photos of celebs before and after drugs as we start our list with a child piano prodigy and end with the youngest voice of soul.
20. Fiona Apple
Composing songs of her own at just eight years old, Fiona Apple transitioned from classical pianist and child prodigy to a 1980s music icon after the release of her debut album Tidal in 1996. Winning a Grammy Award for her single “Criminal,” Apple was well on her way to stardom as she earned widespread critical praise for albums like When the Pawn (1999), Extraordinary Machine (2005) and The Idler Wheel (2012).
Now 38 years old, the singer-songwriter’s climb to the top has been anything but easy. Photographed in her before picture in 1997, fans thought Apple had turned to drugs when she showed up looking extremely thin and fatigued. By 2012, the rumors proved true when Apple was arrested at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas for having hashish in her car. Detained at the local county jail, Apple published a letter to her fans the following month explaining that she would postpone her tour dates in South America. Her reasoning – a sick dog – but her fans knew the ugly truth.
19. Pete Doherty
Despite the fame from his very public relationship with Moss, Doherty couldn’t shake his drug habit which has been easy to document over the years.Jumping from the 1980s into the next decade, Pete Doherty gained fame in the 1990s as the co-frontman for The Libertines. Hailing from England, Doherty was also part of an indie band known as the Babyshmables but his music wasn’t exactly what led him to the height of fame. In 2005, Doherty stole the spotlight as tabloids and pop culture media outlets lit up with news that he and supermodel Kate Moss (who we’ll see later on the list) were dating
With a rap sheet a mile long filled with crimes like car theft and possession of marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine, the 36-year-old rocker worked as a drug dealer at one time simply to pay for his drug habit. Needless to say, he’s spent his fair share of time in jail and rehab with the latest update coming in January 2015 that he had successfully completed a three-month treatment. We hope he sticks with it!
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