Top Ten Rock Musicians Who Achieved SobrietyThis list is about rock musicians who became notorious for their heavy drug and/or alcohol addictions and managed to achieve sobriety. They can be living or deceased, just as long as they achieved sobriety and maintained it until they passed away. One of the main criteria for this list is how intense or notorious their period of addiction was. Feel free to add more examples.
The Top Ten
In 1983, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, Alice Cooper finally achieved sobriety. He has since then helped others achieve sobriety, including Dave Mustaine. (Dave once called Alice his "godfather").
Congrats on realising that Poison is the only poison you need in your life, Mr. Cooper.
Joe said that after waking up on a plane in Paris not knowing how or why he got there, he decided to get sober. He has stayed clean ever since.
In 1986, Stevie Ray checked into rehab after nearly dying from dehydration while on tour. He remained clean throughout the rest of his life, and he infamously used the phrase "thank God the elevator's broken" in the liner notes for his album In Step. This was a reference to the "twelve steps" used by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Eric's rehabilitation process lasted over the course of the early 80s. He has since remained completely sober.
In 2011, Neil Young publicly announced his sobriety, saying that he wanted to know what it feels like to live life while sober.
David Bowie began taking measures against his addictions when he infamously moved to Berlin to create "Low", "Heroes", and "Lodger". He was completely clean by the time he reached his 50s.
Tom says that he has been sober for twenty years, partially due to the influence of his wife Kathleen, who has helped him manage almost all aspects of his personal life.
Known for his cocaine abuse in the 1970s, Elton got sober in 1990 after hearing about teenager Ryan White dying from AIDS. Realizing that he was self-absorbed with his own addiction, he got sober and used his time to dedicate himself to supporting the fight against AIDS.
As anyone who has watched Some Kind of Monster knows, James went into rehab in 2002. He has remained sober since then.
He thanks his wife for that.
Ringo became a full blown alcoholic in the 1970s and 1980s. He was even a member of the infamous Hollywood Vampires drinking club, which also included Alice Cooper, Micky Dolenz, and Keith Moon, among others. He and his wife, Barbara Bach, both went into rehab in 1988. They are both sober and are still married to this day.
The lead singer for Suede. He was addicted to heroin and crack cocaine in the late 1990s, and his addiction caused numerous problems during the recording sessions for their fourth album Head Music. Brett finally decided to get sober after a close friend of his became ill. He has been clean ever since.
He heavily abused drugs and alcohol but in 1986 went to rehab and got clean. He has been clean and sober ever since.
Thanks for adding him. I never fully realized the extent of his addiction. I think that if he didn't get sober when he did, he might not be performing at all.
Vocalist for T.S.O.L. He was an addict but has been sober since 1989.
Sober since 1989.
After years of heavy alcohol and drug abuse, Slash got sober in 2005. He also gave up smoking in 2009 after his mother died from lung cancer.
He has been sober since 2003.
She's been clean and sober since 1987. She said that one of the things that encouraged her to get help was seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan live and realizing that he was even better while sober.