Drug and alcohol rehabilitation can have different effects, depending on the individual. Of course, the purpose of rehab is to help people overcome their addictions. During the rehabilitation process, addicts may also undergo counselling to get to the root of their issues. They may discover that they have become dependent on substances because the tendency is hereditary. Or, rehabilitation may help addicts to see that they began destructive habits after a traumatic childhood event or a failed relationship.
After a brief or extended stint in rehab, a number of people go on to live full and happy lives, free from their former demons. However, some people have to go to rehab more than once in order to get positive results. Unfortunately, there are some individuals who don’t get the help they need while in rehabilitation. Some revert back to their former habits, and some lose their lives because they are not able to beat their addictions.
Celebrities have long relied on rehab to help them get clean and sober. Of course, news of a celebrity rehab stint is always a hot topic, and fans are relieved when a celeb is able to make changes for the better. However, there are some celebrities who actually get worse after rehab. Here are 10 celebrities that rehabilitation unfortunately didn’t work for.
10. Joey Kovar
Joey Kovar was known for being a Real World cast member, but left the show to go to rehab for alcoholism. Kovar also had an addiction to pills. Joey Kovar then went on to appear on the show Celebrity Rehab. After leaving Celebrity Rehab, he posed for Playgirl. Joey Kovar was also seen numerous times on the red carpet while obviously under the influence of harmful substances. It was clear that rehabilitation was not enough to help Kovar turn his life around. In August of 2012, Kovar was found dead in a friend’s home. After an autopsy, it was revealed that Kovar died from opiate intoxication.
Chyna, whose real name is Joanie Laurer, is a female wrestler. She appeared on season one of Celebrity Rehab. While on the show, she stated that she didn’t consider herself a drug addict, which may contribute to the reason that rehab didn’t work for her. The same year that she was on Celebrity Rehab (2008), Laurer was rushed to the hospital after she got severely drunk at her birthday party. She was too intoxicated to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Laurer was passed out when she got to the hospital, and had multiple cuts on her arms. Two years later, Chyna was hospitalized again after overdosing on sleeping pills.
8. Mary Carey
Mary Carey was once a candidate for the governor of California. She was also an adult entertainment star. Mary Carey got help from Dr. Drew to try and beat her addictions to Xanax and alcohol. She also struggled with how to find a lucrative and respectable career for herself once she left the adult film industry. However, after going to rehab, she starred in yet another adult movie. Dr. Drew stated that Carey often goes through about six weeks of being sober, and then goes back to her addictions. He stated that he’d like to help her stay sober once and for all.
7. Jeff Conaway
Jeff Conaway is best known for appearing in the cult classic Grease. Jeff Conaway was also a cast member on the hit TV show Taxi. He was also a Celebrity Rehab cast member for the first and second seasons of the show. Conaway had such a severe addiction to painkillers that he couldn’t even walk upright and had to use a cane. He was rushed to the hospital in May 2011, after overdosing on pain pills and was in a coma for two weeks. Later that month, Jeff Conaway passed away, due to encephalopathy and pneumonia. These conditions developed as a result of his repeated drug overdoses.
6. David Arquette
David Arquette is an eccentric actor and clothing designer who was once married to actress Courteney Cox. David began dating Christina McLarty, an Entertainment Tonight correspondent when he and Cox separated, and he and McLarty have since married. Many of his siblings are also celebrities, and he is known for his roles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the Scream movie franchise. On New Year’s Day 2011, Arquette checked himself into rehab and announced in April of that year on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, that he had been sober for 100 days. However, in April 2014, Arquette stated that he was not sober. He admits that he hasn’t slowed down, even though he has a daughter with Cox and a new baby with McLarty. The actor has shares in two nightclubs in Hollywood, which likely makes the temptation to drink even greater.
5. Rodney King
Unfortunately, Rodney King is most remembered for being the Black man who was nearly beat to death during the Los Angeles riots in the early 1990s. As a result of the trauma he suffered from the incident, King became an alcoholic. After getting some assistance from Dr. Drew, it seemed that he was conquering his addictions and living a more healthy and balanced life. When he appeared on a Celebrity Rehab update show, Rodney King celebrated being sober for a year. He also admitted during the show that he smoked marijuana on a daily basis to reduce anxiety. However, in June of 2012, Rodney King was found dead in his swimming pool. He drowned after getting in the pool while intoxicated.
4. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is a talented actor and filmmaker, but he is well-known for his offensive tirades as well. The women who have been in relationships with him have also reported that he is mean, verbally abusive and short-tempered. He is famous for films such as The Passion of The Christ and Braveheart, but has also made inflammatory remarks about whether the Holocaust was real, which seems to be a bit of contradiction to some of the characters he portrays and the films he produces. Gibson has undergone therapy several times for his anger issues and alcohol addiction, and it’s unclear whether the treatments have worked. The actor stated that he started drinking when he was 13 years old. He has been arrested for driving under the influence and had a misdemeanor charge due to a dispute with is wife that he pled no contest to.
3. Andy Dick
The actor and comedian has a long history of alcohol and drug abuse. He has stated several times that he wants to be sober for the sake of his children. Andy Dick has been to rehab about 13 times, which could be an indication that he is committed to figuring out how to be sober. However, Dick did get into some trouble with the law, even after a few rehab stints. Andy Dick was also a Dancing With the Stars cast member and tried his best to remain sober during his time on the show. The actor also has a desire to help others who are going through addiction, and even offered to visit Lindsay Lohan while she was spending time in rehab.
2. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has been to rehab six times. Perhaps the type of treatment she’s receiving in the rehab facility isn’t working for her, or maybe she’s not completely ready to be sober. Lindsay recorded a docu-series on the OWN Network chronicling her struggles and portraying her desire to get her life in order. However after the show, the Freaky Friday star checked into rehab again. There have been different reasons for Lohan’s rehab visits. Some were court ordered after she got into a terrible accident while drunk. Some were due to misdemeanors she was charged with while under the influence of alcohol, and some rehabilitation visits were completely her choice. Hopefully, Lohan can soon take what she’s learned from rehab and apply it to her life permanently.
1. Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith was one of the stars of Glee, and passed away from a drug and alcohol overdose in his hotel room in Canada. Two months before his death, he went to rehab for his addictions. After leaving rehab, Monteith seemed to be healthy and happy, and was seen going out to dinner with friends, attending a hockey game with girlfriend and Glee co-star Lea Michele, and going to a photoshoot for the show. Addiction experts have shared that the time directly following rehab is often the hardest for addicts, which is likely why Cory fell victim to his addictions again. Fellow celebrity addicts have also stated that addiction is a disease, and effective treatment for the disease varies according to the individual.