Brandon Novak Visits Awakenings Recovery Center

Brandon Novak signing a book

Brandon Novak—professional skateboarder, MTV celebrity, and recovery advocate—came to Awakenings Recovery Center on June 17th to give clients hope and inspiration. All current inpatient and outpatient clients attended this wonderful event. At a young age, Novak was discovered for his skateboarding by Tony Hawk and was the first skateboarder to be endorsed by Gatorade. He […]

Jason Biggs

On October 11th, 2018, the actor Jason Biggs—best known for his roles in Orange is the New Black and American Pie—shared that he had been sober for a year. Next to a photo of an Alcoholics Anonymous chip, he said, “I first tried to get sober over 5 years ago, when the weight of my […]

Rob Delaney

In February of this year, the actor and comedian Rob Delaney celebrated 19 years sober. As part of his social media post commemorating the day, he said, “19 years ago today I was in jail in a wheelchair with 2 badly broken arms. I’d driven a car into a building while blacked out…I’d been trying […]

Daniel Radcliffe

The actor Daniel Radcliffe got sober for the first time in 2010, a month after filming the last Harry Potter Movie. Radcliffe says he struggled with becoming famous at a young age and getting recognized wherever he went. “In my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was […]

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Show Red Table Talk Helps Break Stigma About Addiction and Mental Health

Jada Pinkett Smith’s show Red Table Talk—which she hosts along with her mom Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow Smith—continually works to destigmatize mental health and addiction. Pinkett Smith and Banfield-Norris are both in recovery themselves and have been candid about their struggles. Red Table Talk looks at complicated topics in a nuanced way that we […]

Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano, the actress best known for starring in Disney shows Even Stevens, Kim Possible, and Cadet Kelly, reached five years sober this past July. Carlson Romano has spoken publicly about the effects of being a child actor. “I have two friends from my earlier Disney Channel days who died by suicide…And though I […]

Alec Baldwin

Actor Alec Baldwin got sober on February 23rd, 1985. He was 26 years old. Addiction runs in Baldwin’s family; his brother, Daniel Baldwin, has also spoken publicly about his substance use disorder. When he was younger, Baldwin struggled with drinking and drug use. Soon before he stopped using substances, he nearly died of an overdose. […]

Rob Lowe

This past May, the actor Rob Lowe—most recently known for his role in the show Parks and Recreation—celebrated 31 years sober. Lowe first started drinking at age 13. He then began using drugs and getting heavier into drinking during the filming of the movie The Outsiders, during which he turned 18. For a year before […]

Dax Shepard

The actor Dax Shepard was sober for 16 years before relapsing in 2020. Relapse in celebrities often becomes fodder for jokes, which adds to stigma, but Shepard addressed his relapse candidly and directly. He and his wife, the actress Kristen Bell, were also candid with their daughters. They told them in an age-appropriate way that […]

Margaret Cho

In 2016, comedian and author Margaret Cho had a birthday celebration—to which she brought wine—that was really an intervention. Her friends, who had seen her opioid and alcohol use spiral, brought her to addiction treatment. She stayed there for a year and a half and has been sober since. Cho has talked openly for decades […]