We hear about celebrities and substance abuse all the time, from The 27 Club in 1969-1971, to popular 20th-century celebrities now. Why do celebrities get hooked so easily on addiction? Why do they take drugs or drink when they have such an amazing, famous life anyway? Being famous is actually a huge part of the decision. Celebrities are constantly followed by paparazzi and judged by rumors. It’s easy to get sucked into the world of addiction when you have to put on a face of fame at all times. It’s important to understand that even the rich and famous aren’t perfect. We are all human and we all go through rough patches.
There are many factors that can lead up to addiction. For example, you could be brought up from a challenging childhood, or you were peer pressured, or maybe you were bored one day. Some of these reasons can be the same for celebrities. But they also hold a lot of different reasons that we might not even think about.
Russell is 13 years sober. He helps others with addiction by telling his story through books, podcasts, blogs, and shows. He has been very open with his struggles through the disease and hopes his stories will help educate others and give them hope to recover.
Zac is famous for his role in movies High School Musical and Neighbors. He entered rehab in 2013 for drugs and alcohol. He has been sober since and opened up about his addiction story on various website interviews.
Robert was considered a liability and was passed down roles because of his severe drug addiction. His wife, Susan, gave him an ultimatum in 2003. That was his turning point. He is sober and uses his time to attend 12 step meetings, meditation, yoga, and therapy.
Addiction is a terrible chronic disease. But know that you aren’t struggling with it alone. There are many, many people in this world with the same struggle as you. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call 855-737-7363. New Start wants to help in any way we can. Claim your recovery with us by calling or chatting online with our admissions.