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.
20. 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.