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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that in 2014, 17 million people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder. About 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a pain reliever use disorder, and around 913,000 people in this same age bracket had a cocaine use disorder.
Not everyone seeks treatment for their addictions and disorders, but you have to applaud those who do. The following celebrities went to rehab for a variety of reasons, but you probably didn’t know about it because they kept it on the low. From Keith Urban to Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis, these are the celebrities whose times in rehab went unnoticed.
Keith Urban checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction in 2006, just a few months after getting married to Nicole Kidman.
“There were times early on when I wished I would have been sober and in recovery and everything when I met Nic and I wasn’t. But the other way to look at it… is that we’ve been able to build our relationship with that,” he told Huffington Post in 2015.
Ben Affleck checked into rehab for alcohol in 2001. People reported at that time that a “string of contacts” led Affleck to Charlie Sheen, who ultimately helped Affleck arrange his stay at a rehab facility where Sheen was once a patient.
Zac Efron went to rehab in 2013 for alcohol and allegedly cocaine. “I was drinking a lot, way too much,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, adding that he had been using drugs as well.
“It’s never one specific thing,” he said. “I wouldn’t take anything back; I needed to learn everything I did. But it was an interesting journey, to say the least.”
Gerard Butler went to rehab in 2012 for prescription pills, but he reportedly wasn’t addicted to them.
“I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in [to rehab],” he told Men’s Journal. “It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you.”
Before landing his first major role in the film industry, Samuel L. Jackson went to rehab for crack cocaine. Jackson was 41 at the time and checked into a facility after his wife and daughter saw him passed out on the floor with cocaine on a nearby table. Not too long after coming out of rehab, Jackson landed his breakout role in Jungle Fever, for which he played a crack addict.
A representative for Jon Hamm revealed last year that the actor had completed a 30-day treatment for alcohol addiction. “Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can,” Hamm told TV Week of the experience.
Sex and the City’s Kristin Davis told Health magazine in 2003 that before she became famous, she used to be addicted to alcohol.
“I’m a recovering alcoholic,” Davis said. “I’ve never hid it, but I’ve been sober the whole time I’ve been famous, so it wasn’t like I had to go to rehab publicly.”
Selena Gomez checked herself into rehab in January 2014, but it wasn’t for addiction treatment. Gomez revealed to Billboard in 2015 that she went to rehab after being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease.
“I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she said.