It’s Not All About Drugs: Stars Who Entered Rehab For Reasons Other Than Substance Abuse

June 12, 2013  |  
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Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have publicly battled with drug or alcohol but others have entered rehab for other underlying problems. These 15 celebs sought help for problems other than substance abuse.

Mariah Carey’s diva behavior is legendary but back in 2001, the “Beautiful” singer hit a low point in her career following the release of her semi-autobiographical movie Glitter. After the film tanked, Carey was dropped from her record label. Posting ominous messages on her website to her fans, it was clear something was wrong with Carey. Succumbing to the pressures of the industry, Mimi had a public meltdown and went into treatment. Fast forward four years and a new record deal later, Carey drops The Emancipation of Mimi, which wound up being the biggest album of that year, and returns to superstar status.

Country singer LeAnn Rimes has been in the spotlight since she was13 years old. In 2009, Rimes’ personal life made headlines after photos surfaced of her enjoying an intimate dinner with her married Northern Lights co-star Eddie Cibrian. Rimes was also married. Although they both divorced their spouses and ended up with each other, Rimes had a tough time dealing with being labeled a home wrecker. The backlash was so strong, the “I Need You” singer entered rehab in 2012 the day after her 30th birthday to deal with the anxiety and stress. Music was also therapy for Rimes who recently released her latest album, Spitfire, which is her most personal project yet.

Catherina Zeta-Jones became the poster child for mental illness after the Academy award-winning actress admitted she had been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. Married to legendary actor Michael Douglas, the mother of two entered a rehab facility in 2011 to seek treatment for her illness. Life in the Douglas/Jones household for the past couple years have been rough. Douglas underwent treatment of his own after he was diagnosed with stage-four throat cancer. After losing almost 40 lbs and appearing frail and gaunt, Douglas has since made a full recovery. However, this past April Catherine “proactively” entered another facility for more treatment.

Paula Abdul is one of the most well known dancers in America but who knew the former “American Idol” judge battled an eating disorder when she was younger? Abdul’s negative image about her own body was the root of the binging and purging. Seeking help in 1994, the one-time Lakers girl went through psychiatric therapy for a month. After suffering for more than 17 years, Abdul finally was able to get the illness under control. “Battling bulimia has been like war on my body,” said Abdul. “Me and my body have been on two separate sides. We’ve never, until recently, been on the same side.”

Comedian Russell Brand first gained attention from a U.S. audience thanks to his role as the eccentric and outlandish Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The British comedian was already a success across the pond in his native UK but Brand’s childhood was no laughing matter. When he was just 11 years old, he began binge eating and purging. Brand soon graduated to self-cutting and as he became more popular in the UK, his drug and alcohol addiction progressed. At the urging of his agent, the Get Him To The Greek star entered rehab where he was diagnosed with manic depression and attention deficit disorder. Brand has been clean and sober since 2002.

It’s hard to understand stand how a man married to the “Most Beautiful Woman” (according to People magazine and countless other lists) could cheat on his wife but Eric Benet blamed his roving ways on a sex addition. Halle Berry decided to stand by her man and even attended sex rehab with the “When You Think Of Me” singer but it was to no avail. The couple divorced in 2005. A few years later, Benet came forward to say he never had a sex addiction. “Going to that therapy, for me, was an attempt to save my marriage,” he said. “If you’ve been unfaithful in a relationship, or your marriage, you’re considered a sex addict now. I never really agreed with that philosophy.” Benet is currently married to Prince’s ex wife Manuela Testolini. They have one daughter together.

Actress Jenifer Lewis has a plethora of film and television credits under her belt but for years the actress unknowingly battled with a mental illness. The East St. Louis, IL, native would experience extreme highs and lows in her behavior but it took years before Lewis found out was the exact problem was. The Preacher’s Wife star was forced to seek professional help after her father passed and she was finally diagnosed with bipolar disease. “All my life I knew something wasn’t right because I was so depressed every night,” Lewis says. “The drama, the extreme anger, these were some of the symptoms. The highs were very dangerous. I started feeling like I was immune to anything.” After going through several medications, Lewis and her therapist found the right combination to help keep the actress grounded.

Pop star Britney Spears became a household name before she was old enough to have a driver’s license. The Mississippi native got her start on “The Mickey Mouse Club” and never looked back. After her second marriage ended, Spears unraveled right before our eyes. Who can forget the public meltdown where a bald-headed Spears attacked a car with an umbrella? The “Oops…I Did It Again” singer entered the Promises facility in Malibu shortly after that memorable moment. Spears eventually lost custody of her two sons and was placed under a conservatorship that her father controlled before finally pulling it together.

Being a rich and eligible Hollywood bachelor would cheer up most men but for actor Owen Wilson, it wasn’t nearly enough. The Wedding Crashers star saw his career rise to new heights with each movie release, but privately Wilson was battling with his own demons. In 2007, Wilson hit a low point. He slit his wrists and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After receiving treatment for depression (and drugs) Wilson continued with his career picking up right where he left off. Rumors swirled around that his break up with actress Kate Hudson was the cause of the suicide attempt. The couple rekindled their romance once more before calling it quits for good. Wilson and his girlfriend Jade now have one child together.

Mary Kate Olsen snagged her first job when she was just nine months old. Starring in the hit sitcom Full House with her identical twin sister Ashley, Mary Kate grew up in the spotlight. After watching her empire with Ashley grow into the hundreds of millions of dollars, Mary Kate secretly suffered from an eating disorder. A week after her 18th birthday, the former child star checked into a rehab facility seeking treatment of anorexia. Shifting away from television and movies, Mary Kate and her sister now have successful careers in the fashion world.

When news broke of a car accident in front of Tiger Woods’ mansion during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday, many wondered how the golf great wound up smashing into a tree. After word seeped out that an angry and jilted wife chased Woods out of the house, people wondered no more. Woods quickly became a laughing stock and fodder for late-night talk shows when mistress after mistress came forward. Apologizing to his wife Elin, family and sponsors, Woods took some time off from the sport and checked himself into a Mississippi sex addiction clinic for month-long treatment. Woods’ addiction to sex cost him millions and millions in endorsement deals but it also cost him his marriage. After going through a rough slump and clawing his way back, Woods reclaimed the number one ranking and is currently dating Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn.

Demi Lovato got an early start in front of the cameras after landing her first job on Barney & Friends when she was just seven years old. After enjoying a successful singing and acting career, the teen star abruptly quit touring with the Jonas Brothers in 2010 in order to get her personal life in check. Lovato checked into a rehab facility for anorexia, bulimia and self-cutting. It was during the three-month treatment stay where the former Disney star was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Lovato revealed she was bullied during her childhood and suffered from depression growing up. The bullying eventually forced Lovato to be homeschooled.

After news broke that Jesse James cheated on America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock, few people had sympathy for him. Especially after more than one mistress came forward. The “Monster Garage” star publicly apologized for his transgressions, blaming his sex addiction on his abusive childhood. Following the break up of his marriage to the Oscar winning actress, James checked into a rehab facility to deal with “personal issues.” James moved on and began dating Kat Von D but that relationship ended when she found out James slept with 19 other women during their year-long relationship.

Actor David Duchovny currently plays the somewhat sex-obsessed character Hank Moody on Showtime’s Californication, and in an example of art imitating life, Duchovny has also battled with sex addiction in real life. The X-Files actor separated from his wife, actress Tea Leoni, and entered rehab for his addiction in 2008. Although the couple decided to work on the marriage following his treatment, they split up once again three years later. No word on if Duchovny’s sex addition played a role in the second break up.

Tracey Gold starred on the hit 80’s sitcom Growing Pains, but behind closed doors, the teen star was going through some growing pains of her own. Gold developed an eating disorder after producers and writers of the show began including fat jokes in the script at the expense of the teen star. At her lowest point, Gold weighed just 80 pounds. Becoming the first star to publicly battle anorexia, Gold used the national attention to shine a spotlight on the deadly consequences of the disease. “There was almost like a secret and a shame to it,” Gold said of anorexia. “It really became obvious that so many people over the years had been coming to me and almost pulling me into a corner and talking to me.”

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