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Stories of financial success do not necessarily apply, though they wouldn't be disqualified merely on that basis. However, I'm only interested in accomplishments that resulted from great personal dedication and passion.

Bonus points for those who exhibited great personal integrity as well.

I'm interested primarily from the alcoholism angle, but those who went on to greater personal achievements after overcoming other substance addictions are of interest as well.

posted by perspicio to health fitness (28 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Chris Mullin, NBA player, had the best years of his career after quitting drinking.

Brett Favre, NFL player, was treated for alcoholism and addiction to Vicodin, then returned to MVP form and led his team to a Super Bowl win.

posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:36 PM on March 5, 2011 [1 favorite]

Late night host Craig Ferguson has spoken and written a lot about fighting his alcoholism. He has a good opening monologue on it he did for his show in 2010.

posted by FJT at 12:42 PM on March 5, 2011 [2 favorites]

Karl Hyde, lead singer of Underworld.

posted by mkb at 12:46 PM on March 5, 2011

Ann Richards, former governor of Texas

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Not really limited to just people but here is a pretty good, funny article about impressive things that shaped the world while drunk:posted by lpcxa0 at 1:24 PM on March 5, 2011 [1 favorite]

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posted by embrangled at 2:04 PM on March 5, 2011 [3 favorites]

Roger Ebert.

posted by Sticherbeast at 2:16 PM on March 5, 2011 [4 favorites]

The book Witness to the Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction discusses this question in detail.

posted by ovvl at 2:29 PM on March 5, 2011 [4 favorites]

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