Drug addiction is a very real problem in tinseltown. Read more about your favorite celebrities and how they battled their drug addictions.
Drug rehabilitation is defined as the treatment processes used to overcome dependency on psychoactive substances. Some examples of these substances are prescription drugs, street drugs (cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, etc.), and alcohol. The treatment can either be medical or psychotherapeutic in nature. The main aim of drug rehab is to prevent the disastrous consequences of extreme abuse of these drugs. The treatment plans mainly include medication, counseling as well as sharing experiences with others through groups like Narcotics Anonymous.
Many struggling actors and singers dream about making it big in the world of show business. For them, Hollywood is the land of fame and success. What is often forgotten is the amount of hard work needed to maintain this success. Fame often comes at a very high price. Celebrities have their private lives documented for the entire world to see. They also have the paparazzi dogging their every step. A lot of the celebrities cannot deal with these stressors. Sometimes, they resort to using alcohol or drugs to take the edge off. This often leads to drug addiction problems.
Many Hollywood actors like Charlie Sheen are renowned for their repeated rehab stints. ‘Showbiz’ may be the place where all the dreams come true but it is not always about the ‘glitz and glamor’. Here is a list of 12 celebrities who went through drug rehab and overcame their addiction.
Drew Barrymore is one of the most notorious child actors in Hollywood. She started smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine at the tender age of twelve. She went through drug rehabilitation treatments twice when she was 13 years old. Barrymore has turned her life around now and is an inspiration for others to do the same. After overcoming her drug addiction she said, “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”
Oprah Winfrey has gone through a lot of tragic situations in her life; the loss of a child, abuse, and poverty. She admitted that she was addicted to cocaine in the 1980s. Later, she went through a drug rehab program. After successfully overcoming the drug abuse, Winfrey started focusing on helping people and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At present, she is an inspiration to people because of her positive attitude, success, and her indomitable spirit.
Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the famous band Aerosmith, struggled with drug abuse during high school. This abuse later led to poor relationships as well as difficulty in dealing with success. During one of his interviews he said, “I’m telling you the truth. I am a drug addict and an alcoholic, and fighting it every day. I had it all; I didn’t care. I hurt my family and my children and my friends. If it wasn’t for AA, I would have nothing. If you stop going to AA meetings, you’re going to wind up using again. I express my joy all because of AA.”
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