Angelina JolieAngelina may be one of the most beautiful women in the world, but the stunning actress has a troubled past. She was once a drug addict who was on a dark path. It wasn’t until she got clean that her star quality began to rise. She is now a successful actress raising six children with fiancé Brad Pitt.

A Dark and Dangerous Path

Angelina has been open about her willingness to experiment with drugs in her teens and early twenties. Bouts of depression and low self-esteem were at the root of Angelina’s destructive behavior. Besides using drugs, she would participate in harmful behaviors such as cutting and contemplating suicide.

The actress has been vague when discussing the specifics of her drug addiction. Her purported drug dealer gave an exclusive interview to “Life & Style” magazine and claimed the star used cocaine and heroin heavily during the 1990s. He also revealed that she was high during televised promotions for her breakout role in “Girl, Interrupted.”

A New Life

The dream of adopting a child helped Angelina make smarter choices about her health. Since meeting her partner Brad Pitt and welcoming six children into their brood, Angelina has tamed her wild side. She no longer uses drugs and consumes a mostly vegetable based diet.

Angelina is also a well-known humanitarian. In 2001, the actress was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Her role requires her to visit third world countries and bring awareness to the needs of the people in these areas.

Angelina’s story can be an inspiration to anyone who has turned to drugs as a way to cope with depression. Changing your priorities and making a vow to live a healthier lifestyle can make a significant difference in addiction treatment.