Sober Success Stories

Sober Success Stories 

Making the decision to get clean and sober is a huge commitment mentally, emotionally and financially so we have dedicated this page to share information that is readily available in the public domain from trusted and reliable online sources.

There are several reasons why it can be challenging to find accurate information on the number of people who are clean and sober worldwide:

  • Stigma and Privacy Concerns: Many people who are struggling with substance abuse may be reluctant to disclose their status due to the stigma associated with addiction. They may fear judgment or discrimination, leading them to hide their struggles, making it difficult to accurately estimate the number of individuals who are clean and sober.
  • Underreporting: People may underreport their substance use or recovery status due to shame, fear of legal repercussions, or other personal reasons. This can lead to inaccurate data in surveys or studies.
  • Lack of Comprehensive Data Collection: There isn’t a centralised or comprehensive system for collecting data on substance abuse and recovery globally. Different countries may have different methods of tracking addiction rates and recovery outcomes, making it challenging to compare data across regions.
  • Variability in Definitions: Although the 12 Step approach is the most proven and successful the definition of “clean and sober” can vary widely depending on cultural, medical, and legal contexts. Some may define it strictly as abstaining from all substances, while others may include harm reduction approaches or medication-assisted treatment. This variability makes it difficult to standardise data collection methods and definitions.
  • Relapse and Recovery Dynamics: Recovery from addiction is a complex and ongoing process that often involves relapse. Tracking individuals’ recovery journeys over time can be challenging, as relapse rates vary and not all relapses are reported or recorded.
  • Limited Access to Treatment and Support Services: In many parts of the world, access to addiction treatment and support services is limited. As a result, many individuals may never seek help or may not have access to accurate resources to support their recovery journey, making it difficult to track their progress.

How many sober members are there in AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) does not keep centralised records or membership lists, and participation in AA is voluntary and anonymous. As a result, it’s challenging to provide an exact number of members. Estimates of AA membership vary widely depending on the source and methodology used.

However, AA does publish its own membership surveys periodically. According to the last published survey data available, from the AA website there were an estimated over 2 million members worldwide attending over 123,000 groups across 180 countries in over 100 languages. 

As impressive as these statistics are for giving hope It is important to note that these figures are self-reported and may not capture the full scope of AA’s reach, as membership is voluntary and anonymous. 

For the most accurate and up-to-date information on AA membership, you may consider contacting Alcoholics Anonymous directly or referring to any recent publications or reports they may have released.

Sober Success Stories in the Media

The 12 Step Rehabs website was created to provide an opportunity for people with the desire and the will to get clean and sober. 12 Step Rehabs offer affordable, high quality treatment options as well as free recovery resources such as 12 step meetings and professional support. 

The stories of any person who has found healing and hope through 12-step programs serve as a source of inspiration, reminding us that recovery is attainable for everyone. However, it is essential to remember that their openness is a choice, and not all individuals in recovery wish to share their experiences publicly. We respect the diverse paths to recovery and the choices individuals make regarding their anonymity.

Celebrities in Recovery: A Testament to Hope

Our society often places celebrities and public figures on pedestals, admiring their accomplishments and seemingly perfect lives. However, addiction does not discriminate, and it can affect anyone, regardless of their fame or fortune. Below, you’ll find a list of celebrities and public figures who have publicly acknowledged their issues with addiction and their recovery journey. These sober success stories serve as testaments to the power of recovery programs and that they work.

Name : Alec Baldwin

Clean & Sober since: 1985


Name : Eric Clapton

Clean & Sober since: 1987



Name : Robert Downey Jr

Clean & Sober since: 2003



Name : Jamie Lee Curtis

Clean & Sober since 1999


Name : Bradley Cooper

Clean & Sober since: 2004


Name : Elton John

Clean & Sober since: 1990


Disclaimer: Neither nor any persons mentioned within this site are direct representatives of any 12-step organisations. Our purpose is to inform and guide those battling addiction by offering 12 step treatment options and pre rehab support. If any named person or any World Service representatives have any enquiries or need to discuss our content please contact us. We are committed to upholding the 12 Step traditions and providing information that is both helpful and accurate.