Keep coming back, it works if you work it! Several famous actors, musicians and athletes are in Alcoholics Anonymous for recovery. Some of these celebs in AA were ordered to attend meetings by a court, while others chose to join the organization to help battle their addictions.
Who is the most famous person in AA? Lindsay Lohan tops our list. Remember when Lindsay Lohan’s “Sex List” was leaked to the media? The actress said that writing down the names of her partners was part of her fifth step of AA. In 2012, it was reported that Demi Moore was mourning the death of her AA sponsor, Patsy Rugg.
Several famous men are also members of Alcoholics Anonymous. “I had to go to Alcoholics Anonymous, I am not ashamed of that,” said Al Pacino. “I did not start their program but I found it very supportive and meaningful. I did stop drinking. Not immediately. But I did stop.” Glenn Beck, Mel Gibson, Tobey Maguire, and Owen Wilson are also reportedly in AA or have since recovered from alcoholism.
When Lindsay Lohan’s infamous “sex list” was leaked to the press in 2014, the Mean Girls star admitted that it was part of her Fifth Step while she was at the Betty Ford Center in 2013. The Fifth Step in AA asks alcoholics to “admit to God and ourselves the exact nature of our wrongs,” and Lohan’s list was intended to help her move on from her past sexual partners.
In 2006, Paris Hilton was reportedly sentenced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous after she failed a sobriety test when police puller her over.
Like her mother, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli has struggled with substance abuse issues her entire life. In 2001, she relapsed on alcohol, and it almost destroyed her marriage. She thankfully returned to her brothers and sisters at Alcoholics Anonymous to get back on track with her sobriety.
Charlie Sheen used to be a part of Alcoholics Anonymous, but it seems that he’s fallen off the wagon again. In a 2011 radio interview, Sheen reportedly said that he felt “shackled and oppressed by the cult for 22 years.”
In 2012, it was reported that Demi Moore was mourning the death of her AA sponsor, Patsy Rugg.
Kate Moss started attending AA and NA in the late 1990s.
Glenn Beck has been very open in crediting AA with helping him kick his drinking addiction.
Russell Brand reportedly joined AA and NA on his journey to recovery.
Naomi Campbell has been notorious for throwing tantrums on sets and runways since the late 1980s. She credits her bad behavior to the fact that she is addicted to both alcohol and drugs. Campbell joined AA and NA at the request of her doctor, and claims that it has completely changed her life. “The recognition I was addicted, and the decision to seek professional help was the best decision I ever made in my life. I attended Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. My doctor advises and supports me going to NA and AA meetings.”
“I had to go to Alcoholics Anonymous, I am not ashamed of that,” said Al Pacino. “I did not start their program, but I found it very supportive and meaningful. I did stop drinking. Not immediately. But I did stop.”
Andy Dick was a longtime member of AA, but reportedly relapsed in 1997, when his sponsor, Chris Farley, died of an overdose. As of 2015, he has been to rehab a total of 13 times.
After battling drug and alcohol addiction for several decades, Ozzy Osbourne finally decided to sober up in 2014.
Owen Wilson has been reportedly attending AA meetings on and off since 2003. He relapsed shortly before his 2007 suicide attempt, but appears to be back on the wagon now.
Gary Oldman met his third wife, Donya Fiorentino, at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
A series of personal tragedies, such as his sister’s rape and subsequent murder when he was in his early 20s, led Kelsey Grammer to a life of addiction. He credits his sobriety to AA.
Anthony Hopkins reportedly joined AA in 1975.
Carrie Fisher has been going to AA for over a decade.
Geri Halliwell reportedly attended AA meetings daily while she was in the process of recovering from her addiction.
Tommy Lee was sentenced to attend AA meetings after his arrest in 1998.
Janice Dickinson got sober with the help of the reality TV show, Celebrity Rehab, in 2010. Now, she goes to AA meetings once a day, and frequently consults with her sponsor.
Don Johnson has reportedly been a member of AA since 1983.
Christian Slater reportedly started attending AA meetings in 1997.
Nick Nolte has spoken openly about attending AA meetings.
“It totally changed my life. AA is no-frills spirituality. There are no hokey traditions. It’s so simple,” said Tobey Maguire after joining AA in 2003.
Brett Butler is reportedly a member of AA.
Richard Dreyfuss is reportedly a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Eric Clapton has been a member of AA since the 1990s.
Tom Arnold has been a member of AA for over 20 years.
Belinda Carlisle used yoga and AA to help kick her addictions back in 2005.