One of the hallmarks of addiction is a persistent denial about one\u2019s own condition. Many of us rationalized our behavior in order to feel better about how much we were drinking or using. \u201cIt\u2019s only until I\u2019m through this rough patch,\u201d we might say. Or, \u201cEveryone drinks\/uses like this during the holidays.\u201d If we\u2019re lucky, this denial doesn\u2019t last forever. Sometimes an incident that seems like it will ruin our life is actually what saves it. Other times, we just wake up and realize that we can\u2019t continue to live the way that we\u2019ve been living. However it happens, these turning points can lead to incredible transformations. Here are four celebrities who took different paths to recovery but managed to get there all the same. Abby Wambach In her new memoir, Forward, soccer star Abby Wambach talks about the night that changed her life. On April 2, 2016, the two-time Olympic gold medalist was arrested by Portland police for driving under the influence. She later admitted that she had been abusing alcohol and prescription drugs for years. Wambach now looks on that night in Portland as one of the best things that\u2019s ever happened to her. In an interview with the Associated Press, Wambach said, \u201cIf I don\u2019t get so publicly shamed and publicly humiliated, I don\u2019t think I wake up,\u201d she told the AP. \u201cI think I was asleep for a lot of years. Asleep to the pleas from my family and friends, and even myself, to get help. So that night I was humiliated enough to wake up.\u201d Wambach has been sober since that night in April and agreed to enter a program for first-time offenders. Bradley Cooper The star of blockbusters like \u201cAmerican Sniper\u201d and \u201cSilver Linings Playbook\u201d has been sober since he was 29. The Golden Globe award-winning actor used to have a problem with alcohol and drugs and one night purposely bashed his head on concrete. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Bradley Cooper explained that he harmed himself by trying to prove that he was \u201ctough.\u201d He told The Reporter, \u201cI was at a party, and deliberately bashed my head on the concrete floor. Like, \u2018Hey, look how tough I am!\u2019 I did it again. And I spent the night at St. Vincent\u2019s Hospital with a sock of ice, waiting for them to stitch me up.\u201d That\u2019s when Cooper realized how destructive his hard-partying ways had become and decided to clean up his act. Elizabeth Vargas Some people have a number of frightening incidents before they are able to get sober. One of the most frightening for journalist Elizabeth Vargas wasn\u2019t the one that launched her into long-term sobriety. In 2012, Vargas woke up in a hospital, after having wrapped a shoot for 20\/20 roughly 13 hours earlier. What happened over the course of those 13 hours? Vargas isn\u2019t sure. She now knows that at some point she was walking in Riverside Park in New York City when a woman spotted her and became concerned for the journalist\u2019s safety. \u201cI was able to tell her my address,\u201d Vargas told ABC News. \u201cShe said she saw some men nearby that she didn\u2019t like the look of who might have been, at that point, probably seeing me as a vulnerable person and she brought me back here . And at that point I was apparently unconscious.\u201d After the good Samaritan got Vargas back to her apartment building, Vargas\u2019s husband took her to the hospital. That scare gave Vargas the courage to tell her boss that she needed to go to rehab for addiction. Like many people struggling with addiction, Vargas wasn\u2019t able to make sobriety stick the first time around. In 2014, after a few more stints in and out of rehab, news of her alcoholism was leaked to the press. She was put on notice by NBC and went on vacation with her kids. When a crew from NBC arrived at the beach house where Vargas was staying with her kids to reshoot some footage, Vargas was drunk. It was 8 a.m. \u201cI remember that day, sitting there, and I could read the words and I couldn\u2019t make my mouth work to say the words,\u201d she told ABC. The incident alerted the NBC executives that Vargas was drinking again. Vargas called her sister and said that she knew she needed help. From there, Vargas began working with a counselor and went into a sober living facility where her blood-alcohol level was regularly tested. She\u2019s now open about her sobriety and talks about it in her memoir, Between Breaths. Jamie Lee Curtis The path to recovery isn\u2019t always lined with rock bottoms. Jamie Lee Curtis found her turning point when she was writing a letter to her sister. After taking painkillers following a surgery, Curtis developed an addiction to them. Her painkiller habit was compounded by alcoholism. Curtis realized she had a problem when she was writing a letter to her sister, Kelly. In the letter, Curtis made a confession, \u201cI\u2019ve been harboring a bad secret,\u201d she wrote. \u201cI have found and taken many of your painkillers. I\u2019ve betrayed you, and I know that you\u2019re angry, and you have every right to be.\u201d Although Curtis never sent the letter to her sister, the process of writing it was crucial to understanding that she had a problem. Now, Curtis is an advocate in the recovery community and considers sobriety among her greatest accomplishments. She attributes her recovery to \u201cbeing courageous enough to acknowledge it privately with my family and friends. Working really hard at solidifying it, getting support around it and being healthy. And then talking about it publicly.\u201d It\u2019s Different for Everyone While a significant turning point or \u201crock bottom\u201d can play a role in helping an addict realize the truth of his or her addiction, the real rock bottom is the desperation of addiction. As NBA star Chris Herren said in an interview, \u201cAddiction is rock bottom.\u201d What matters is that those who are struggling find the courage, as Vargas did, to make as many attempts at recovery as it takes. The realization that one needs help, no matter how that realization arises, is the most important first step toward a life in recovery.