5 Celebrities Open Up On Their Rehab Experiences

There is nothing unusual about a celebrity checking into rehab – half of Hollywood have been in treatment for one issue of another, and these 5 brave stars have all opened up on their rehab experiences, candidly commenting on how they felt even when so many other celebrities remain tight-lipped regarding what exactly they checked in for.  While some found it extremely difficult and even “unbearable” others were just happy to finally be able to talk openly about their issues without judgement. At the end of their time in rehabilitation, these 5 celebrities believe it benefited them greatly and they’ve learned a lot about themselves from the experience.

Demi Lovato

Demi was dealing with several issues and found rehab difficult at first but ultimately helpful: “When I first went into treatment, I didn’t want to be there, and I was kind of like, ‘I’ll just fake it until I make it.’I stayed in there, and I started believing that I was in there for the right reasons. And even though I didn’t want to be there at the time, some girls might not want to get help, but if they fake it till they make it, hopefully they can get the help that they need, and they can start to believe it, and they can actually see one day that it’s actually the right thing that they’re doing. I have days where I’m cranky, but I definitely want to be there for my fans and step outside and shake their hands and be there for them too, because I’m now a role model, and I want to be there for them. I would say: Speak up, and don’t be afraid to get help, because it could save their lives.”

The Situation

The Jersey Shore reality star found rehab tough but he knew he had to get through: ”I was dependent on prescription pills. I knew I needed help and I went to rehab. Rehab is the most unbearable, unpleasant experience you could possibly go through but I am the cleanest and healthiest I have ever been since I was 21 or so.”

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn likes to have someone to talk to about what’s going on in her head: “I’ve been in therapy my whole life. I like going. I like being able to have that third-party input and someone to listen that has nothing to do with your life. Everyone has an opinion of how I am and how I should be, and now I’m focusing on how I want to be. I think it’s really hard to deal with Twitter and Facebook and all these social media outlets. And it’s hard to take it day after day of reading and seeing things that someone you don’t even know says about you. As much as you said you don’t want it to penetrate, it does, because you’re human.”

Kirsten Dunst

Kristen felt that her career was pointless and needed to sort herself out: “I know what it’s like to lose yourself, to no longer know the difference between right or wrong, I used to assume that I’d [continue acting] forever, and then there came a point in my life when I was like, ‘Why am I doing this at all?” Once she checked in “My friends and family were put in a position where they had to defend me, and it was an awful time.”

Gerard Butler

Gerard was hooked on painkillers and rehab helped him find a way through: “Maybe a stronger person wouldn’t have needed to go… When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f**ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s**t load of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well. I was actually taking a minimal amount (of pills) when I went in. It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The (instructor) would say, ‘I don’t want to hear about your f**king Mris (magnetic resonance imaging scan) or your f**king X-rays… Let’s learn how to say to the pain, ‘F**k you’… They really do rip you apart… You get rid of a bunch of s**t, realise a bunch more s**t, and you make a plan.”