10 Shocking Photos of Celebs Before and After Drugs

Did you know that nearly 2.5 million people in the United States struggle with drug addiction (and that doesn’t even include alcohol)? It’s also estimated that around 10 percent of those struggling with addiction actually receive treatment, which leaves 90 percent of addicts to self-medicate and self-treat in far less successful ways.
Although terrifying, addiction is very common in society as people become addicted to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons claiming everything from tragic childhoods and unhealthy relationships to high-pressure careers and bad habits as the cause. Whatever the reason, addiction doesn’t discriminate when it comes to victims as even some of the world’s biggest and most successful celebrities have been affected.
From child stars and musicians to A-list actors and former heartthrobs, we uncovered celebrities whose addictions created a downward spiral from the highest point of their careers down a dark path filled with drugs and alcohol. Are you curious as to who they are, what happened and where they are now? Take a look at these 20 shocking photos of celebs before and after drugs as we start our list with a child piano prodigy and end with the youngest voice of soul.


#1 – Amy Winehouse

Ending our list with an artist who many thought was the new voice of soul, London native Amy Winehouse had one of the most unique voices in music over the past decade. Praised for her blended style of soul, rhythm, blues and jazz, Winehouse became the first British female to win five Grammy Awards thanks to hits like “Rehab,’ “Back to Black” and “You Know I’m No Good” – all before the age of 25.

Turning heads in 2005 for more than just her voice, Winehouse worried fans when she arrived to red carpet events and concerts looking much thinner and exhausted. In 2006 when Winehouse’s grandmother passed away, things only worsened. A year later, Winehouse canceled a majority of her tour dates in the UK and Europe and was later admitted to a hospital after overdosing on a combination of heroin, cocaine and alcohol. Admitting issues with self-harm and depression, the 2007 wake-up call went unnoticed as Winehouse was found dead just four years later on July 23, 2011 from alcohol poisoning.

#2 – George Michael

“Wake me up before you go-go. Don’t leave me hanging on like a yo-yo.” As pop music looked for a new sound in the 1980s, George Michael and Wham! had just the answer when they pumped out post-disco dance hits like “Careless Whisper” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Leaving the band in 1987 to pursue a solo career, Michael earned the reputation as a “blue-eyed soul singer” becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time with albums like Faith and Five Live.

Though Michael’s history of drug use remains fuzzy, the first public incident occurred in February 2006 when he was arrested for possession of prescription drugs. Over the next three years, the pattern continued as he was arrested for similar crimes including driving under the influence of drugs. After his most recent arrest in 2010, Michael was sentenced to eight weeks at Highpoint Prison and, after four weeks, was released. Thankfully, jail time seems to have done the trick as he’s managed to stay out of trouble ever since.

#3 – Lindsay Lohan

The last child star on our list is 29-year-old Lindsay Lohan who was only 11 years old when she starred as the adorable and mischievous freckle-faced twins in Disney’s remake of The Parent Trap. Growing up on camera, Lohan landed starring roles in family friendly films like Freaky Friday and Herbie: Fully Loaded only to become a teen icon and household name thanks to her quintessential hit, Mean Girls, in 2004.

Making her way into the music industry, Lohan’s popularity and sanity unraveled for the world to see in 2006 when she was admitted to a California hospital for supposed dehydration. Truth be told, her party-hard lifestyle had finally caught up with her. Arrested twice in 2007 for driving under the influence, Lohan checked into rehab for 45 days only to leave the facility and face another arrest for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. Despite more failed drug tests and stints in rehab, it looks as though Lohan might be back on the right track after making her stage debut in London in 2014.

#4 – Edward Furlong

The next and certainly not the last child star on our list, 38-year-old Edward Furlong made his silver screen debut at 14 years old when he was cast as John Conner in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Earning an MTV Award for his performance, Furlong continued to land roles in successful films like Before and After, American History X and A Home of Our Own.

Though hindsight is 20/20, Furlong could have easily been a huge star in Hollywood today if not for his drug and alcohol problems. Struggling with heroin and cocaine addiction throughout much of the 1990s, Furlong eventually checked himself into rehab in 2000. Unfortunately, his sobriety was short-lived as he had multiple relapses that led to an arrest in 2010. With another arrest to follow in 2013, Furlong avoided jail time when he agreed to 90 days of rehab and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. Having already served over two months in jail at the time, Furlong took the sentencing seriously and has managed to stay out of trouble ever since.

#5 – Britney Spears

“Hit me baby one more time!” One of the biggest celebrities and music icons on our list, Britney Spears joins the ranks of child stars after launching her career at just eight years old alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club. It wasn’t long before the 18-year-old Spears released her smash album …Baby One More Time only to follow it up with hit albums like Oops! I Did It Again and Blackout.

Perhaps one of the most public meltdowns on our list, the Princess of Pop’s music career came to a complete halt in 2007 after she entered a drug rehab clinic just weeks after her aunt died of cancer. Spending less than a day in the center before leaving, Spears had one of the most famous tabloid shots in media history when she walked into a salon and shaved her head. Soon after, Spears returned to rehab and has managed to make it through a very public rough patch only to establish herself once again as a star.

#6 – Pamela Anderson

With a beer t-shirt, Jumbo Tron and a Canadian Football League game to thank for the launch of her modeling career, Pamela Anderson was only 23 years old when she first appeared in Playboy. Spending over 22 years gracing the magazine’s covers and feature stories, Anderson went on to star in Baywatch only to make even bigger headlines after very public relationships with notorious bad boys like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, singer Kid Rock and poker player Rick Salomon.

While fans were long accustomed to Anderson’s ever-growing bust size, her appearance took a different turn in the early 2000s leaving many to assume she was using drugs. Admitting in 2014 that she had been addicted to cocaine and alcohol, Anderson said she often did it to numb the tragic memories of her childhood. Finally entering rehab to get clean, Anderson’s sobriety seems to be going well after dumping many of her old friends and relationships that only enabled her wild habits.

#7 – Kate Moss

Having first visited Pete Doherty’s before and after pictures, we turn now to his ex-girlfriend, English model Kate Moss. Discovered at the age of 14 while standing in the JFK Airport, Moss led the fashion industry in a new movement better known as heroin chic, showcasing extremely thin models who looked naturally strung out on heroin. As Moss landed on the cover of fashion magazines and commercials, little did anyone know she was living true to the heroin chic trend.

Rumors surrounding Moss’s drug use surfaced early in her career and were eventually confirmed in 2004 after photographers spotted her using cocaine. Between the drugs, alcohol and a tumultuous relationship with Doherty, Moss became one of the biggest scandals of the year only to have big name brands like Burberry, Chanel and H&M drop $4 million worth of contracts even though the cocaine charges were later dropped. Managing to rebuild, Moss found herself at the top once again in 2012 when Forbes named her second on their list of top-earning models. How’s that for making a comeback?

#8 – Pete Doherty

Jumping from the 1980s into the next decade, Pete Doherty gained fame in the 1990s as the co-frontman for The Libertines. Hailing from England, Doherty was also part of an indie band known as the Babyshmables but his music wasn’t exactly what led him to the height of fame. In 2005, Doherty stole the spotlight as tabloids and pop culture media outlets lit up with news that he and supermodel Kate Moss (who we’ll see later on the list) were dating

Despite the fame from his very public relationship with Moss, Doherty couldn’t shake his drug habit which has been easy to document over the years. With a rap sheet a mile long filled with crimes like car theft and possession of marijuana, heroin and crack cocaine, the 36-year-old rocker worked as a drug dealer at one time simply to pay for his drug habit. Needless to say, he’s spent his fair share of time in jail and rehab with the latest update coming in January 2015 that he had successfully completed a three-month treatment. We hope he sticks with it!

#9 – Amanda Bynes

What is it about former child stars and addiction? Giving Nickelodeon much of the credit for her early fame, Amanda Bynes became a household name after starring on the variety show All That. Earning her own show on the network called The Amanda Show, Bynes blossomed as an actress after starring in the hit WB series What I Like About You from 2002 until 2006. With a handful of films including She’s the Man and Easy A, Bynes has since called it quits in Hollywood.

Giving the impression as one of the few former child stars who still had her head on straight, Bynes surprised the world with legal troubles that caused her to spiral out of control. Arrested for driving under the influence in 2012 and for two alleged hit and runs, Bynes spent 2013 facing criminal charges for possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence after attempting to throw her bong out the window. Adding in a handful of other drug-related charges and reckless behavior and this former child star has definitely fallen off the deep end.

#10 – Macaulay Culkin

“Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” Ranked second on VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars of All Time only behind Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin flexed his acting muscle when he was nine years old opposite John Candy in the 1989 film Uncle Buck. From there, he became the go-to child actor of the 1990s and was cast in hits like My Girl, The Good Son, Richie Rich and fan favorites like Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

By 2004, Culkin’s childhood appeal had long worn off as the then 24-year-old star had gone years without landing a leading role in a hit film. The same year, however, he finally made headlines only this time at the expense of his stardom. Picked up by Oklahoma City police with marijuana, Alprazolam and Clonazepam, Culkin was charged with misdemeanors and pled guilty receiving three one-year suspended prison sentences and over $6,000 in fines. While he seems to be clean these days with his most recent television appearance in 2015 on The Jim Gaffigan Show, this former Hollywood golden boy still remains a mystery.