The disease of addiction is one that effects all walks of life. No matter who you are, if you cross the line and become dependent on drugs or alcohol you will have the fight of your life. This is no different for African Americans. But the hope is that people do struggle with addiction and do recover. For instance, there are many famous black celebrities who admitted they were drug or alcohol users and have overcome their addiction. They exemplify the promise and optimism that this disease can be beat.
In a March 21, 2014 article in the Atlanta Black Star eight different celebrities beat their addiction to either drugs or alcohol. These are just a few of the many who have managed to live substance free. The article points out that Opera Winfrey, Super model Naomi Campbell, rapper T.I., and talk show host Wendy Williams overcame their addictions. Also, other celebs such as actor Samuel L. Jackson, singer Chaka Khan, rapper Kid Cudi and R&B singer Mary J. Blige were victorious over their serious substance dependence.
A recent article discusses Samuel L. Jackson’s recovery. The article reviews the many ways to getting and remaining clean and sober. But, there isn’t just one answer to beating the disease of addiction. It really depends on how a person chooses to stop. It could be church, family, twelve step programs or even cultural ways. No matter which path a person journeys into sobriety the clear answer is that it is a much better way of living.
Unfortunately, some people do not make it and that is why it is so important to get the message out that recovery does work. Malcolm X is another great example of someone who turned their life around from addiction. He and countless others bring hope to those who still suffer from this disease.