Musicians Who Went To Rehab 

Steve Shafer
Updated September 30, 2019 30.5k views 21 items

This is a list of famous musicians who went to rehab, with photos. Rehabilitation is no joke, yet when a celeb enters detox, we can't help but stare. Unfortunately for celebs, there is a double standard. When substance abuse affects an ordinary individual it is thought to be the result of stress or depression. With celebrities, we tend to blame their extravagance getting the better of them (and the luxury rehab centers they attend don't help their case). As Robin Williams joked, "Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money."

That said, alcoholism is a disease, and there are worse things than alcohol, such as heroin, cocaine, crack, and meth. Treatment centers also deal with more than just drug abuse. One can go to the hospital for conditions such as anorexia as well. At the end of the day, we should respect the musicians on this list for seeking the help they needed.

So what musicians went to rehab? This list will answer that question.

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James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians Who Went To Rehab
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Metallica announced on their website on September 27, 2019, that they would be postponing their New Zealand and Australia tours as James Hetfield re-entered a treatment program to work on his recovery.

Genres (Music): Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Southern rock, Hard rock

Albums: I've Always Been Crazy: Tribute to Waylon Jennings

Nationality: United States of America

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Kid Cudi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians Who Went To Rehab
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On October 4, 2016, Kid Cudi posted a lengthy message on Facebook, in which he admitted to entering rehab the previous day for "depression and suicidal urges." The rapper-producer-musician-actor further explained that he has struggled with extreme anxiety and depression the entire time he's been in the public eye. To anyone familiar with his lyrics, this should hardly come as a surprise. 

To quote from Cudi's statement: 

I am not at peace. I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I wouldve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life. Theres a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I dont trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me?

Cudi wrote of his struggle to admit these things to himself, but feels he owes it to his daughter, his family, his friends, his fans, and himself to seek help. His album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' will be released as previously planned, though he won't be around to promote it. 

Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Trip hop, Rock music, Electro hop, + more

Albums: Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Indicud, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, A Kid Named Cudi, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians Who Went To Rehab
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In 2008, Amy Winehouse went to rehab to treat her drug and alcohol abuse. Sadly the "You Know I'm No Good" singer died on July 23, 2011.  Her blood alcohol level was .41% at the time of her death.

Genres (Music): Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul, Ska, Rock music, + more

Albums: Back to Black, Frank, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Rehab, Remixes Promo 2, + more

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians Who Went To Rehab
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Anthony Kiedis went to rehab to treat his heroin addiction in 1986. He relapsed for a period of time, but after his friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak died of an overdoes in 1988, Kiedis got clean for good.

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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