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Putting Recovery On The Map

09-15-14 | By

The Coolest Musicians that Don’t Drink or Get High Anymore

We have seen over and over again how addiction does not discriminate. Being a celebrity or a rock star does not give you a free pass. Many world famous musicians have been able to find recovery, and when speaking to them, they all talk about how much better life is without the drink or drug. Here’s our list of the coolest sober rock stars!

Elton John

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Is anyone cooler than this suave singer/songwriter? The man who brought us “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Tiny Dancer” used to party harder than most of us can ever imagine. His DOC (drug of choice) was cocaine and this man probably blew more cocaine than, well you get it. With years sober under his belt his is continuing to be a driving force in the sober movement.

Eric Clapton

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Who would’ve ever thought that the man who made the classic rock hit “Cocaine” famous would’ve had a problem with drugs?  He says his big down fall wasn’t found in cocaine but with heroin and alcohol. This rock legend has been sober since 1987 and has even opened up some halfway houses.

Ringo Star

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The legendary drummer from The Beatles got sober in the 1980’s. After riding the Yellow Submarine through rivers of alcohol the musician called it quits after not being able to recall too much from the 1970’s.

Calvin Harris

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Believe it or not this soon to be legendary EDM god doesn’t get crazy like his crowds. Since 2009 the Scottish DJ and Producer has been away from the bottle.

David Bowie

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A big fan of funky hair, make-up, alcohol and drugs.  This immortal man was a bit of a late bloomer who put it all down in his 50’s.

Anthony Kiedis

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I’m sure many of us have read his brutal autobiography about his years living with heroin addiction. The Red Hot Chili Peppers front man was in and out of treatment centers throughout his 10+ years of heroin addiction. He is now clean and sober and still a rock god.

James Hetfield

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Can any rock list be complete without the almighty front man of Metallica? After suffering with both addiction and heavy alcoholism, Hetfield got sober in 2001 and has been clean ever since.

Tom Waits

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This howling, growling badass got sober with the help of his wife, it’s been over 20 years since he’s altered his mind or body with drugs or alcohol. I don’t know if you’ve seen “Wrist Cutters a Love Story” or “Seven Psychopaths” but his acting career is almost as cool as his musical career.

Ozzy Osborne

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You have to be pretty drunk or high to think biting the head off a bat is a normal or acceptable thing to do. With over 40 years of non-stop heavy use, the front man of Black Sabbath is now clean and somehow still alive.

Trent Reznor

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A career spanning almost three decades has been littered with publicized heroin addiction. The creative force behind NIN has been clean for some time now and has helped give us some of the best soundtracks in modern cinema.


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