4 Celebrity Drug Addicts You Didn’t Know Are Battling Addiction
Star lives have always been minefields of addiction. Lindsay Lohan has been battling cocaine addiction forever; Matthew Perry struggled with painkiller addiction for years; Tara Reid has been in and out of rehab for a crystal meth habit for a long time; Charlie Sheen is probably addicted to more than one drug. Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Whitney Houston, Robin Williams, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, all lost their battle with addiction to various substances. These are tragic stories of celebrity drug addicts that offer lessons to those battling their addictions. These stories have been around for a while. It can help to keep up. Current stories may be far more effective in helping bring the point across that it’s important to seek treatment.
The 45-year-old actor-director-screenwriter may have won two Oscars and three Golden Globes, but his battle with addiction is one that he hasn’t yet aced. In March 2017, Affleck announced in Santa Monica that he had just completed alcohol rehab. He has struggled with alcohol addiction for years. He did a stint in 2001 but then relapsed.
There is an important lesson to learn in Ben Affleck’s story: once you’re addicted, it’s never possible to take sobriety for granted ever again. It’s important to always be on your alert for possible signs of relapse. Relapse can occur at any time. When you notice signs that your mind is beginning to fall in love with addictive behavior all over again, it’s important to rush back to rehab.
The 27-year-old Oakland Raiders outside linebacker was arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of marijuana. After a poor performance at a game shortly after, he checked into rehab. Smith has had trouble staying sober ever since, frequently getting into trouble with the law over his drug use. In July 2017, he decided to take back control. He checked into rehab.
The lesson to learn here is this: no matter how successful or healthy you may be, it’s no assurance that your habit isn’t an addiction. It’s possible to be addicted even if everything else in your life seems to be going great. It’s important to take charge when things haven’t begun falling apart. It’s easiest to get rid of an addiction then. The longer you let it stay, the deeper it becomes.
Johnny Manziel, the quarterback in professional football who is now a free agent, was in the news in 2016 for a cry of help from his father, who feared that his son would die of an overdose by the time he was 24 if he didn’t find treatment for his alcoholism. In April 2017 his agent laid down an ultimatum: he was to get rehab or find another agent. Manziel is another example of how you can be highly successful and healthy, and still, have a problem.
The hit singer who has been in the news for domestic violence and other forms of behavioral trouble was in the news for the wrong reason again recently — the mother of his children threatened to deny visitation rights if he didn’t clear up his addiction. He went to rehab once in 2014; it was court-ordered.
Chris Brown’s case brings to attention the fact that rehab does not need to be voluntary. You don’t need to truly be mentally prepared. Rehab involves medical and psychological treatment; it works whether you’re ready or not. All you need to do is to get started. Successful court-ordered treatment that celebrity drug addicts have received is proof that treatment works, no matter how it begins.
You don’t want to crash and burn yourself
People like to read about drug addict celebrities because it makes for a kind of insensitive fun. It’s important to remember, however: if you are addicted, your life becomes the subject of the fun other people have. Your neighbors and your colleagues probably know, and what they have to say about you is likely not very charitable. Before your life turns out the way the lives of many famous drug addicts have, you only need to accept rehab. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe did; he is now in his eighth year of sobriety.
Look up the website of Better Addiction Care for a great deal of excellent information on addiction and how to get better. While you’re there, you can also look up detailed information on every rehab in your area. The website is an excellent resource. Get help now and contact us. A professional can direct you to the right rehab facility. Call 1-800-429-7690 today.