Celebrities’ Addictions and Outcomes

This page will look at some Celebrities’ addictions and the outcomes of their struggles.

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LINDSAY LOHAN

In looking at the Celebrities’ Addictions and Outcomes As of March 18, 2013, Lindsay gets another sentence to rehab.  This time she has to say 90-days in a “lock-down” rehab.  Hopefully, she can realize that it is high-time to change and take advantage of this opportunity.  On April 01, 2013, Lindsay arrived back from Brazil, where she was able to party without worry about another arrest, and she made a reported $100K in endorsements and speaking arrangements, so she was in a good mood when she landed back at LAX.  Here April Fools joke to the public was a disguise of being pregnant.  This is more lighthearted Lindsay than she was in the recent past, so maybe she is finding some personal peace and will start producing artistically again soon.

In April, 2014, Lindsay was on Oprah’s show and she admitted that she was still having trouble staying clean.

Some of our contacts in the treatment field are reporting that Ms. Lohan has gone to a highly effective treatment program and is taking her issues seriously with a great attitude.  We hope this is not just a rumor, but since it is positive, it probably is the truth.  The tabloids aren’t interested in Ms. Lohan except in negative ways that have led her to fulfilling their prophesy.

We have been somewhat bored with Lindsay Lohan’s escapades.  Partly because we felt that the only thing that will make her change is to run out of bad options and start reaching for real help.  Unfortunately, she seems to be a long way from making that type of decision. However, we won’t lose hope, but we are NOT going to give notoriety to her “tough-girl” mach up.

A licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor comments on how Lindsay Lohan’s life may have a predictable Michael Jackson type ending. Read the Lindsay Lohan Commentary and see how her life is no different than yours or your loved one when it comes to drug addiction, except that Lindsay does her own drawing of the proverbial line in the sand at most drug treatment programs. Learn how celebrity excess and defiance of authority pertains to everyone’s lives and their addictions.

Another Celebrities’ Addictions and Outcomes: Whitney Houston’s Death

All of us were saddened by the announcement on February 11, 2012 that Whitney Houston had been found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room. Everyone in the alcohol and drug rehab field probably assumed that it was drug related, but what should have been the cognition of anyone working to help people overcome addiction would be a feeling of guilt and anger that none of us did as much as we could have to handle her addiction.

Many in our field will think that is absurd, but believe me, the archaic attitudes that addiction is a chronic and progressive disease is exactly what keeps costing us the lives of our loved ones and keeps the alcohol and drug rehab field from assuming the level of responsibility that it should for these deaths. How easy it is to say, her disease was just too strong.  In other words, nothing can be done for some… especially the tough cases.  Ignorant comments, like that, cost us all the beauty of someone who is beyond description.

We at rehab-drug.net felt a personal loss when we heard that Whitney had died because we hadn’t tried to educate her “people” that there are solutions to addiction. We are familiar with the treatment programs that Ms. Houston attended and they aren’t on our referral list because they subscribe to that “disease” model. There is not reason why Ms. Houston had to suffer for so many years with her addiction, especially in light of the fact that she was reaching for help and had the resources to get any help she wanted. So our failure was not making it known to her that there are better treatment alternatives that are successful.

The only reason that we are still in the field and fighting to save the lives of addicted neighbors and loved ones is because we have viable answers. We have been in this battle for 35 years and would have found something much more meaningful to do with our talents if the only treatment that we could provide gets less than a 10% chance of success. That is the outcome from program that Whitney attended. Shame on those that continue to offer inadequate treatment alternatives and use the “disease” as an excuse for their failures. Shame on us for not taking the responsibility to reach out to Whitney and make her aware that she doesn’t have to continue hurting and destroying a body that is also a magnificent musical instrument that brought love and joy to all of us.

We will all miss Whitney Houston, but personally we will add meaning to her passing by heightening our resolve to better fight addiction problems and those treatments that are a “camouflaged hole” allowing addicts and their families to believe they have done all they can.  Most families, and I am sure this is true for Whitney’s as well, will say that they did all that they could. That is why we believe it is an outrage to allow programs to hide behind poor results and to blame the patients for not “hitting bottom” or that “the disease was so bad that death was inevitable”.  These are justifications and not explanations for their failures.

Charlie Sheen

It appears that Charlie Sheen is taking the “be concerned” spotlight from Lindsay. Charlie Sheen was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital on Jan. 27 for what was reported to be a hernia problem. We hope that Charlie begins to confront his life and take responsibility. We need celebrities that will show their fans that things get handled when you own the problems.

By now, everyone has heard about the marathon coke run that was the real reason from Charlie Sheen’s hospital visit. He had pushed the limits so far that he finally could go no further. Reportedly, Charlie is now in a alcohol and drug rehab center. Unfortunately, he has chose a center that won’t relieve his cravings, but will try to make him wake up to what he’s doing that is destroying his career and life. These types of programs have less than a 10% success. We all hope that Charlie is one of these successes. His addiction and his action should prove that drugs can affect anyone, no matter their possession and resources. We all hope that he will turn it around.

There isn’t much use in trying to say what Charlie Sheen needs in terms of professional help since he appears to have the opinion that he is okay, it is the rest of society that needs therapy. We also don’t want to beat this “dead horse” any more than the media is already doing.

Charlie is an example of how the toxic nature of coke or crack can actually change your ideas about the world, even when you are not loaded on the drug.

The lives of celebrities are not that different from our own when it comes to how alcohol and drugs affect our behaviors and decisions. We live in an age where celebrities are given prophet-like status and their lives are emulated by many of us. Our purpose is to help everyone stabilize their lives by ending their addictions. If it helps to see where a celebrity has been successful or not in their own struggle, than we want to call attention to those facts. The celebrity’s addiction is an example of how money and other resources is not the answer to handling alcohol and drug abuse… it is personal change in person integrity that makes the difference. Thank you for your question.

Lady GaGa Tells About Her Drug Past…Why?

There has always been the mystique that using drugs is for those that are down on the luck and for the creative and talented. If you were to examin the truly creative expressions in our society, you would find the fundimentally great works were from those that had strong personal ethics and didn’t have the need or the desire to be drugged.

In Vanity Fair in August 2010, Lady GaGa says: “I’m perpetually lonely. I’m lonely when I’m in relationships. It’s my condition as an artist.” Regarding men, she says, “I’m drawn to bad romances. And my song [“Bad Romance”] is about whether I go after those [sort of relationships] or if they find me. I’m quite celibate now; I don’t really get time to meet anyone.”

Gaga talks candidly about her drug use and recalls her ultimate low point: “I was completely mental and had just been through so much.” She had been using drugs, and is quick to tell Robinson that, if she writes about that incident, “I do not want my fans to ever emulate that or be that way. I don’t want my fans to think they have to be that way to be great. It’s in the past. It was a low point, and it led to disaster.”

You can see from this much up that she has identified herself with the lonely, yet creative artist. If she didn’t want to lead her fans in the wrong direction, then just don’t say anything about your drug use. I am sure that she did it in total innocence, but it does help to mold our impressionable youth that doing drugs is just part of the maturation process… only if you want to mature to new depths and not grow and be happy. (Mac’s Editorial Comment)

Paris Hilton Gives Us Another Role Model

On August 28th, 2010 Paris added another negative role model for our impressionable youth. She was arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine. She and a male companion were stopped due to the suspicion of smoking marijuana and when they were searched, Paris possessed a small amount of cocaine. This isn’t any surprise, considering how she has always chosen to be in the spotlight, starting with her pornographic video, but the news media grabs stories like this without a care for the youth in our society that are aspiring to be like Paris. We believe that the judge should require her to make public appearances denouncing the use of drugs and apologizing for her unethical behavior. It would also be fitting if the news media would start highlighting celebrities that are doing positive actions and not feature those that are violating the rules of conduct.

As of 2011, Paris Hilton has not been in the news about any drug related problems, so we will assume that she is doing her best to live an ethical life. If, in the future, we find other facts, we will document them and give our advice on which drug rehab centers could rehabilitate her career and, more importantly, her life.

 


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