Celebrity Turmoil, Addiction, and Rehabilitation
We all know their names, we all know their faces. But do we know the inner emotional turmoil that some celebrities feel when stardom becomes a nightmare version of their very own video diary, recording the moments that most would rather forget. Recording and then broadcasting these moments for the entire world to see. Drug addiction often leads to embarrassing behavior and dangerous side effects. When the behavior becomes irrational and
destructive, celebrities often turn to rehabilitation facilities for a new direction and assistance achieving and maintaining sobriety.
One of the most infamous party girls of all times, whose demise and fall to the clutches of addiction is Brittney Spears. The focus of Brittney’s life of recurring drug addiction has been her dysfunctional relationship with her parents. While she believes that her mother is too controlling, it appears that her father did not play a very big role in her life until just recently. After multiple failed attempts of rehabilitation, Brittney’s life became so out of control that her marriage failed and she was in danger of losing her children to her ex-husband. She was once again admitted to a drug rehabilitation facility and it was then that her father stood up and offered support and encouragement. Experts hope that his will make the difference in Brittney’s track record of failed attempts for sobriety. Family support can play a crucial role in rehabilitation efforts.
Another well known superstar, bad girl is Paris Hilton. Unlike Brittney, Paris was born into the lap of luxury. She was also granted the privilege of growing up with both of her parents in a loving and supportive atmosphere. At 16 years old Paris began a modeling career that brought her attention from paparazzi all around the world. She learned very quickly that even bad publicity brought her the attention she desired. She began frequently drinking and using drugs with other celebrities who were known to have addiction problems. It wasn’t until she was pulled over and arrested on DUI and suspended license charges that she realized she had a problem. The judge was not partial to Paris and her fame. She was sentenced to a 45 day jail term and actually served 23 days or half of that sentence. This was considered to be rehabilitation for Paris. She claims to have learned her lesson from her time spent behind bars but only time will tell if that is truly the case.
Lindsay Lohan, one of Paris Hilton’s good friends and partner in crime, has also had her share of problems with drugs and alcohol. In fact, the negative publicity she received from her shocking behavior almost ruined young Lohan’s acting career. Lindsay tried out-patient AA meetings when it was suggested that her drinking was out of control but it wasn’t until she crashed her car in a high-speed chase with police and was arrested for DUI and cocaine possession that she checked into a rehab facility that offered long term care. She was not yet even 21 years old, the legal drinking age. During her time there, it was reported that she relapsed and was caught doing drugs. They threatened to kick her out of the program and that helped her to take her rehabilitation a bit more serious. Lindsay was able to complete the program and appears to be living a more sober and productive lifestyle.
All of these actresses have one thing in common and that is their addiction to drugs and alcohol. With the support of family, friends, and in their case, the media, it is anticipated that they can all benefit from the help of a rehabilitation
program. While the cameras are always rolling, and with the help of paparazzi, I am sure that the world will know of every downfall that they encounter and every milestone that they reach. They would all like to be viewed in a more
positive light and are striving to overcome their addictions.