We typically use “before and after” photos to show how the passing of time changed our beloved celebs. That was not the case here!
Behold, the horrific effects of drug abuse and how they shaped monsters out of the men and women we once worshiped. Drugs are bad, and we hope the following 32 heartbreaking pics will make it even more obvious!
1. Whitney Houston – “Crack is whack!”
We start the list with Whitney Houston, a phenomenal performer we lost to drug abuse.
Despite the tragedy, we will still use pictures showing Whitney in less favorable light to serve a clear message. Drugs are bad, whether you are a celeb or a commoner.
Whitney’s history with illegal substances is almost parallel to her relationship with Bobby Brown. Although signing in for rehab on many occasion, the singer just couldn’t contain herself.
Whitney died following a heart disease that was made much worse by her cocaine addiction. Aged 48, she looks way older in the pictures on the right, and that’s just one of the awful effects drugs have on the human body.
Like many other celebs who faced the mounting evidence, Houston had no option but to confess her addiction. The singer mentioned marijuana and prescription pills but denied the agent that would eventually kill her. “Let’s get that straight, OK? I don’t do crack. I don’t do that. Crack is whack.”
Meet another celeb who’s after drug face is depressing.
2. Gary Dourdan – His face says it all!
Have a long and good look at Gary Dourdan, the man that lost it all to drugs.
Before all that, Gary Dourdan was a successful actor, known mostly for playing Warrick Brown on the television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Dourdan once was one of the most wanted celeb bachelors.
What follows is heartbreaking. Dourdan entered a dark period in 2008, one that involves countless times in which police caught him with drugs. Cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, oxycontin, and paraphernalia – the 50-year-old tried them all and always came back for more. Just look at what they did to his once gorgeous face!
Gary’s ordeal continued in 2012 when he had to file for personal bankruptcy. He now owes creditors $1.7 million. We lack information on how much he owes to drug dealers, although we suspect their methods of getting money back might have urged him into an early payment.
Beauty vs. what remained of it. That’s what you will see in the next set of pics.
3. Lisa Robin Kelly – Drugs? Not even once!
The story of Lisa Robin Kelly is yet another sad one.
The American actress, known for her role Laurie Forman on the TV series “That ’70s Show” died prematurely in circumstances of the most bizarre. Once you read, you will never ask twice why celebs get picky when they hear about clinics and rehab.
Kelly signed up to Pax Rehab House in Altadena, California for what she hoped to be a ticket out of misery. She died in her sleep just days later, and the autopsy revealed multiple drug intoxication. Someone took too many of the pills that were supposed to cure her addiction.
The two photos of Lisa on the right commemorate the two times she got busted – one for careless driving, and the other for harassing her male roommate. It’s pointless to say that drug abuse fueled both incidents.
In fact, Lisa said goodbye to her promising career once buying a stash became the only source of motivation.
Check out another set of “before and after” photos that will make you think twice about lighting up that first joint!
4. Macaulay Culkin – From Home Alone to Drugs
All hail, Macaulay Culkin, the most acclaimed child star in history.
Culkin is also the one who grew to become the biggest disappointment. Just check his incredible transformation, from the sweet boy that survived left home alone by his irresponsible parents, into an adult that lost all purpose in life.
Drifting, that’s the best word to describe a 36-year-old Macaulay Culkin who looks sleazy and sloppy at the same time. The star of “Home Alone” resembles your petty neighborhood drug dealer. You know, the one that also sells bubble gum and other small merchandise.
What makes Culkin even more pitiful is that he had a failed musical career. His “The Pizza Underground” plays such lousy music that fans once threw beer at him and booed him off the stage.
Drugs are the worst method to make yourself look mature. Just look at the next “before and after” photos!
5. Pete Doherty – “Kids, don’t do drugs!”
Pete Doherty is the ultimate garage rock junky.
With his trademark hat, Doherty’s “before and after” photos show once more just how much drugs can change a person. Just look at his lovely figure getting ruined and replaced by something sinister.
The co-frontman of the Libertines has an impressive curriculum when it comes to using, and even dealing illegal substances. Crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and ketamine – Doherty admitted on using them all. What strikes us the most, is that the 38-year-old never put too much effort into keeping his wrongdoings secret.
Hell, pictures of Doherty allegedly forcing his pet cat to inhale from a crack pipe even exist on the Internet. Short jail terms followed by months in rehab mark a chaotic career that seems to go nowhere at the moment.
A list with shocking photos of junkies would be nowhere without including a rock star. Check it out!
6. Courtney Love – Bad girl looks awful after her fix
Courtney Love is most likely the best example we have in illustrating the damaging effects of drugs.
We are far from suggesting Courtney was a saint before starting her fling with illegal substances. From stage fights with audience members to showing up intoxicated, Courtney is the quintessential bad girl of rock music.
It’s still a mystery whether drugs flicked the switched for Courtney’s craziness or if her personality made substance abuse inevitable. Whatever the case, fans still held her responsible for the death of Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain.
You will be relieved to know the artist finally made peace with her inner demons and adopted a more somber persona. The dark days of doing drugs appear to be over for the 52-year-old.
And that was about time! It would be very awkward to see a soon-to-be old lady acting like a foolish teen.
Coming up next, we have the “before and after drugs” photos of an actress that promised so much.
7. Lindsay Lohan – Addiction turns beauty queen into a failure
Lindsay Lohan was candy for the eye until drugs stepped in to make her life hellish.
“It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.” By the time the diva made her problems public everyone was well aware of them.
We can’t decide what’s worse. Going to rehab and having everyone talk about that, or skipping rehab and having everyone talk about that.
How about losing tens of movie contracts and having many producers suggest a downgrade to the C-list? Lohan goes from bad to worse, and just when fans open up the champagne to celebrate her new self, she bounces back to “normal.”
Drug problems made Lohan incapable of committing to a serious long-term relationship. At the age of 30, Lohan seems to be at the tipping point of her life.
Will she relapse? Will she finally get a grip and put a stop to her downfall?
Be careful now! The next story might make you cry.
8. R2-D2 – Meth. Not Even Once!
R2-D2 saw the horrors of intergalactic war and meth was his only way to keep the memories away.
Our favorite robot put himself into Sleep Mode and now enjoys a never-ending psychedelic existence. While that is resting for the mind, his body gradually decayed to embarrassing levels.
We would probably upset Star Trek fans to compare R2 with a trash bin. On the other hand, that’s how most celebs on our list ended up looking.
Meth ruined his body, and R2-D2 needs a serious hardware and software upgrade to get back to normal. Good luck with that! We doubt he will ever be able to help any princess in distress.
R2 spends his days alone. All former cast mates cut ties after their intervention failed to convince R2 that his place is in rehab.
“Hey pal, I was a big shot once. Wanna know my story?” That’s how the unfortunate robot tries to lure the pedestrians throwing their garbage.
Obviously, no one wants to chat with a junky turned trash bin. Such a sad story!
A phenomenal singer turned into a freak once her drug problem got out of hand. Check out the before and after photos!
9. Amy Winehouse – Drug horror story
Amy Winehouse needs little introduction to justify her place on the list.
Heavyweight boozer and one of the finest drugs connoisseurs, Amy eventually lost everything due to her uncontrollable addictions. However, Amy’s death was far from being a shock.
The signs of her early demise were there. Amy traveled a long distance from her healthier self. She lost so much weight that her daylight appearances would send small children screaming and begging to be blinded by God.
Meth and other “lovely substances” turned Amy’s body into a wreck. “They tried to make me go to rehab, but I said, no, no, no. ” It’s hard to tell whether Winehouse had predictive powers or if she understood there is no way you can change destiny.
Heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine – Amy tried everything to mend her broken mood and muster the courage to face stardom. It was pointless.
Amy eventually joined what people call Club27, a selection of rock and pop stars that denied the average life expectancy and died prematurely at the hands of drugs.
On the next page, you get to see another child star who started with a joint and woke up when his career was already ruined.
10. Edward Furlong – Former child star grows up into a junky failure
Edward Furlong’s is sad as he recollects the child star he once was.
“Terminator” star Edward Furlong appears fundamentally different from his John Connor persona. Well, we are a far way into the future from 1991, the year when “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” hit the big screens.
What happened in between is the age-old story of how consistent drug use influence the human body negatively. That’s a mild way to say that Edward lost his youthful vigor and packed more pounds than normal.
The bags around his eyes are a testimony to his lifestyle of sleepless nights and cocaine addiction. In his few moment of sobriety from drugs, Furlong used alcohol to keep reality away from him as much as possible.
You will be happy to know Edward agreed on spending time in rehab and on undergoing domestic violence recovery.
11. Fiona Apple – Druggie goes on a rant on her own audience
The above “before and after” pics show no beauty tip can hide the awful effects of drugs.
Don’t settle with trusting us! Go ahead and ask Grammy Award winner Fiona Apple.
The photo on the left shows Fiona looking warned out after a sleepless night spent in police custody. The 39-year-old was arrested for marijuana and hashish possession. The police had previously raided her tour bus with drug-sniffing dogs.
Drug abuse might be the cause for Fiona Apple looking thinner and frailer with each passing year. Back in 2013, the artist had a complete meltdown on stage after one of her fans inquired about her health – “Fiona! Get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years!”
Feeling the burn, Fiona completely lost her temper and replied in a way she later regretted.
Coming up next, drugs show again their potential in disfiguring celebs.
12. Shane MacGowan – Drugs made him lose all his teeth!
The before and after shots of Shane MacGowan could easily serve any anti-drug campaign poster.
The Celtic Punk singer was such a binge drinker and drug aficionado that he lost all his natural teeth by 2008. MacGowan cared about that less than you think, and he waited until 2015 before fully restoring his denture.
Going back to his history as a drug addict, Shane offered a scene rarely witnessed in the celeb world. In an attempt to stage an intervention, fellow musician Sinead O’Connor ratted on him for heroin possession. We all know how pointless that is!
MacGowan developed quite a reputation based on the countless time he appeared intoxicated in front of live audiences and even on TV. In fact, we had a hard time finding pictures of him without holding a drink or smoking a cigarette.
On the next page, we recap a shocking drug-related transformation that left the fans in agony.
13. Britney Spears – “Oops, I did it again!”
Britney Spears had a well-known meltdown, and everyone is pointing the finger at drugs.
Remember Britney shaving her head and trashing a paparazzi car with an umbrella? Or the time she nearly dropped her baby on the pavement? The Pop Princess was hooked on amphetamines, and that’s where all her troubles came from.
A couple of years ago Britney put on quite a show and reserved a comfortable first-page spot with her numerous blunders. Apparently, the drugs that Britney had to take for her ADHD backfired as the singer developed an addiction. The passing of time saw the iconic performer in and out of rehab, with many macabre fans placing their bets on suicide.
Last time we check, Britney was doing just fine. Her continuous Las Vegas residency seems to be in sharp contrast with the time she lost the custody of her children and nearly turned into a full-fledged junky.
There is life even after a drug addiction of the worst kind. Check out the next heart-warming story!
14. Robert Downey Jr. – Villain turned superhero
Robert Downey Jr. once had his life entirely hijacked by drugs.
“It’s like I have a shotgun in my mouth, and I’ve got my finger on the trigger, and I like the taste of the gun metal.” Those are the incredible words Iron Man used before a court of justice to explain his bewildering run with drugs.
Between 1996 and 2001 Robert went on a rampage of substance abuse, trying everything, and getting himself arrested at least a dozen times. The actor even served half a year of real jail time, too little if you ask us.
There is a good reason Robert Downey Jr. didn’t grow a beard or mustache in his troubled years. Facial hair would have kept visible leftovers from his daily Booger Sugar routine.
Although snorting cocaine since the age of 8, the actor managed to get a grip and turned his life around. Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the richest men in Hollywood, and his contracts with Marvel bring as much as $50 million per film.
That’s enough money to buy dope for all Iron Man fans.
Up next we will see how drugs messed with a sweetheart.
15. Mischa Barton – Good gal goes bananas
Drug addiction and emotional instability fueled each other to send Mischa Barton out of her orbit.
Mischa’s life in the fast lane started once she began hanging out with notorious troublemakers Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie. It went from bad to worse, as the actress was soon arrested for drunk driving and possession of marijuana.
What tops it all is that Mischa’s went on a strike of suspicious behavior that made authorities question her mental sanity. In a scenario that seems taken out of “Girl, Interrupted,” the 31-year-old had to spend two weeks in a psychiatric ward. They labeled her as a danger to herself and others.
Substance abuse rendered Barton beyond recognition, and she joins a list of celebs that struggle to get back on track. You will be disappointed to know she had to sign up again for therapy as the police found her screaming on her backyard fence last January.
Our next shocking case turned something full of joy into a train wreck. You have to see it!
16. Thomas the Tank Engine – Hello darkness, my old friend!
Do you know what happens to cartoon characters once their shows go off the air?
Drugs are by far the most common escape and a look at Thomas the Tank Engine shows just how low they can go. Rust has taken over poor Thomas, and his railroad friends all left him.
Thomas spends his days parked in the depot, savoring the illicit substances he is hooked on. To cherish the good old days, the steam locomotive occasionally roams some abandon railroads nearby. When you look like that, your best hope of someone ever riding you lies with the hobos and lowlifes that dwell in such desolated landscapes.
Whatever you do, don’t show this pictures to your kids! Their fragile souls are not hardened enough by life to withstand the horrors of seeing their animated heroes turned full-time junkies.