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Pope Leo XII Had a Coke Habit? 10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Addicts

A mix of modern and long-deceased, these actors, musicians, and prominent thinkers challenge stereotypes surrounding addiction.

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7. Bob Dylan

The world has always known Bob Dylan was a stoner, but this is the first time he’s been linked to heroin. Back when he was a baby-faced nobody wandering the streets of Greenwich Village, Dylan nursed a pretty serious heroin habit. His addiction was revealed last year when a 1966 interview was finally uncovered. On the recording Dylan says, "I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it."

8. Benjamin Franklin

From gout to kidney stones, Benjamin Franklin battled health-issues for much of his life. When he needed relief from pain he turned to laudanum, a mixture of alcohol and opium that was used to treat just about every ailment there was in the late 18th century. By the time Franklin died at the age of 84, he was addicted to the stuff. To many though that wasn't a big deal. According to the book "Illegal Drugs," "opium dependence was considered to be mostly harmless, like addiction to tobacco."

9. Craig Robinson

The world knows him as Darryl from "The Office," but the Los Angeles criminal justice system knows him as a guy who was arrested with meth, ecstasy and cocaine. Robinson was popped with the trifecta of substances during a 2008 traffic stop. He wasn't just holding them either. Police found that Robinson was under the influence of amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana at the time of his arrest.

10. Pope Leo XIII

There are many reasons for the Vatican to be on the defensive right now, but accusations of drug abuse at the top are not one of them (not that we know of, at least). However, as recently as 1895, the leader of the Catholic Church, one Pope Leo XIII, who had the third-longest pontificate in the illustrious history of the church, was a cocaine scandal waiting to happen. Leo, a Roman native, was a devoted drinker of the powerful Vin Mariani, a Bordeaux treated with copious coca leaves. It might account for his longevity: He wore the mantel with vigor until he died at age 93. 

Adam K. Raymond is a writer, blogger, and avid TV watcher. He is an editor at Hemispheres and has written for Radar, NYMag.com and GOOD.