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Elton John, sober 32 years this week, is maybe, one the most accomplished people on Earth.  At 75, his endless energy and drive has him travelling the world on a goodbye tour. Add to that he has current hits topping the new music charts. Every month Elton is given an award. His AIDS awareness foundation is thriving.  I would guess that his most proud accomplishment is his sobriety. This week, Elton celebrates THIRTY TWO YEARS SOBER.

How Sobriety Changed Elton

Elton commenting on his proud achievement from Variety:

The smartest move I made immediately after treatment was to take an entire year off from all work. I was determined to make my recovery the only focus in my life. I completely cleared my diary for a year.

Today, my best advice to people who are facing those difficult early days of sobriety is to get humble. Make recovery your absolute priority over everything else. Don’t go back to work too soon. Take the time you need to learn and heal. I don’t think I would still be sober today if I hadn’t taken that whole year off and thrown myself into my program of recovery.

At my peak during that year, I was going to as many as five meetings a day! I made and served tea at the meetings. I was determined to lock in all the things that I had learned in treatment. 


Alcohol abuse touches everyone. Everyone, knows someone that is affected. If you know someone who needs help, don’t give up. Help is here. 

Elton, sober 32 years, is the best award you can give US. See a list of notable names that share Elton’s success. From the Walker Center.

  • Eve Mendes 14 Years

    When Eva Mendes quietly checked into rehab in 2008, it was met with general shock. She has never spoken publicly about any addiction issues and has not had the regular run-ins with the law seen in other celebrities. Since then, she has consistently praised those who decide to get sober and states that it is the best decision she ever made.

    Eva Mendes Launches Holiday Collection In Atlanta, GA

    SNELLVILLE, GA – DECEMBER 03: Eva Mendes launches the Holiday Collection at New York & Company on December 3, 2017 in Snellville, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for New York & Company)

  • Russell Brand 20 Years

    An Evening with Russell Brand at Esquire Townhouse with Dior

    LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Russell Brand takes part in a discussion at Esquire Townhouse, Carlton House Terrace on October 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

    Russell Brand spent most of his younger years addicted to food and pornography before graduating to alcohol and party drugs, eventually spiraling into four-year heroin addiction. He lost almost everything before he finally got clean in December 2002. He is now married with two children and has written books and produced podcasts on how to help others get clean. 



  • Matthew Perry 11 Years

    Phoenix House 12th Annual Triumph For Teens Awards Gala - Red Carpet

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 15: Actor Matthew Perry attends Phoenix House’s 12th Annual Triumph For Teens Awards Gala at the Montage Beverly Hills on June 15, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Matthew Perry was a constant source of concern to his cast members and crew on the set of Friends, where at the height of his substance abuse, he was taking 30 pills a day, washed down with vodka. Although it took him more than one stint in rehab to get clean, he said that ten years ago, something clicked. He then went on to open a sober men’s living house in Malibu. 


  • Zak Efron 9 Years

    "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile" - 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Zac Efron attends “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile” – 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC on May 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

    The pressures of fame and constant media attention pushed Zac Efron towards alcohol and drugs as a means to cope. Things got increasingly more chaotic in his personal life until he felt like he had no choice but to go to rehab in 2013. Clean ever since, he attributes his health and fitness to his sober lifestyle and encourages those considering sobriety to focus on all the rewards it brings.


  • Bradley Cooper 12 Years

    The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" - Arrivals

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 02: Bradley Cooper attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

    Bradley Cooper succumbed to alcohol abuse and painkiller addiction in his early twenties, at his lowest point experiencing daily suicidal ideation and feeling inadequate as an actor. He got himself written out of the show he was doing at the time and then went on a long road to true recovery. He attributes his later success to his ability to stay sober and swears that it would have been impossible otherwise.


  • Kristin Davis 31 Years

    HBO Max's "And Just Like That" New York Premiere

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 08: Kristin Davis attends HBO Max’s premiere of “And Just Like That” at Museum of Modern Art on December 08, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

    Kirstin Davis first began to seek treatment for addiction at the age of just 22, fearing that at the pace she was going, she wouldn’t make it to 30. She craved being numb to her feelings, and alcohol provided the perfect solution. The only thing that saved her was acting, which was the only thing more important to her besides her addiction. It gave her the motivation she needed to quit, and she hasn’t looked back since.


  • Daniel Radcliff 12 Years

    "The Lost City" UK Special Screening

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Daniel Radcliffe attends the UK Special Screening of “The Lost City” at Cineworld Leicester Square on March 31, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

    The franchise that began his career and defined most of his childhood as coming to an end was a massive trigger for Daniel Radcliffe. He turned to alcohol to cope with the uncertainty in his life surrounding the movie series coming to an end and not feeling secure enough in himself to stay sober. Since choosing sobriety, however, he has enjoyed continued success in the movie industry and is happier than he’s ever been. 



  • Eminem 14 Years

    Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Eminem performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    It wasn’t until Eminem experienced a near-fatal overdose that he found the strength to get sober. He did not take his spiraling addiction seriously and cut ties with anyone who expressed concern over his prescription pill use. It was only after doctors told him that he had ingested the equivalent of four bags of heroin that he sought help, even reaching out to Elton John for advice.