Celebrity Rehab deaths
Is Celebrity Rehab to blame for deaths?
The popular VH1 show Celebrity Rehab has been viewed by millions. It takes place in the Hollywood hills and was formed to treat and monitor celebrity addicts. When the celebrities are chosen to appear on the show, they are informed on what the show is about and the main goals of the program, so they are armed with information before the show begins taping.
Now, the problem is, since the show began in 2008 starring celebrity doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, 5 of the show's starts/patients have died. Three of which were all on Celebrity Rehab in the very same season. These numbers seem staggering, don't they?
The 5 Celebrities we've lost
- In March of 2011, Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr who appeared on Celebrity Rehabs 3rd season, died at age 44 of a drug overdose. He had been addicted to heroin and other drugs.
- In May of 2011, Jeff Conoway from the television show Taxi, passed away of a drug overdose (complicated by pneumonia) after appearing on Celebrity Rehabs 2nd and 3rd seasons. He had been addicted to pain killers.
- We all remember the police brutality case against Rodney King back in the 80's, right? After appearing on CR's season 2, Mr. King's death was ruled an accidental drowning, but the drugs cocaine, marijuana, PCP, and alcohol were found in his blood as well. He passed away at age 47.
- Joey Kovar, who previously appeared on MTV's Real World, joined the cast of CR in its 3rd season. He later passed away at age 29, of opiate intoxication.
- The most recent death on the show was the apparent suicide of Mindy McCready. She also appeared alongside Joey Kovar in the show's 3rd season. Investigators believed she died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Mindy had recently lost her boyfriend/father of her two youngest children to suicide as well.
Is Dr. Drew to blame?
The news media and other social outlets are trying to point the finger at Dr. Drew Pinsky. They're saying that his addiction treatment program is somehow flawed or there's some type of conspiracy or neglect going on resulting in these horrible, tragic deaths.
I'm not accusing Dr. Drew himself, he seems to be a fantasic, well educated, compassionate human being and doctor who just wanted to help the celebrities get clean and sober. It seems in the world of stardom, these vices are just too common. Yes, he's using the media to entertain the idea and turning it into a three-ring-circus it seems, at times. But, I do not believe that he would've ever contributed, in any way, to a patients death whether it be a normal everyday citizen, or a celebrity.
What I do believe may have contributed to these deaths, is the drugs themselves, and the fame. Before actors become actors and actresses, it's all glitz and glamour and they suck up the attention because it must be an insanely beautiful feeling to have that type of recognition. But, they don't realize the downfalls of stardom. They're too damn busy preparing for this role and that role, or writing this record and that record. They drive from tv spot to commercials to photo shoots, and back and forth and again. Many of them cannot handle all the negative aspects of being famous. They turn to drugs and alcohol for the same reasons as a laymen would, but for them it can be much, much worse. They have dozens if not hundreds of resources to find drugs and alcohol, in order to keep their supply running 24/7 and they can usually keep their use on the down-low by having outsiders do the business for them. Where as a normal citizen trying to do drugs has many "off" days because their resources are few and far between, therefore their usage cannot usually be quieted unless they keep just a few dealers "on call" who they can trust, and in the real world, that's a rarity.
So, as a famous person, it's much more difficult to hide or calm an addiction without reprecussions. And also, not only are they affected by these issues in the Hollywood world, but as are their families. As I stated above, singer Mindy McCready's boyfriend/father of her youngest children had recently committed suicide. Now, I'm not a fly on their wall but I would definitely take the chance and say that the "fame" and "fortune" probably took a toll on him as well. She'd been ridiculed for several years for her outbursts and addict tirades on Celebrity Rehab. I'm sure the families of all of these victims suffered much more than we could imagine. Not only did they have to deal with their addicted family member, as you and I would, but they had the media on their asses, telling every little secret and story they could to make the victim look and feel worse.
My heart goes out to the families of all of these victims but I must be serious when I say that it is NOT Dr. Drew Pinsky, himself, to blame. The media in general should stop exploitation of anybody in this world when struggling with personal and emotional issues. Not just celebrities, everybody. Especially in a tight-rope situation like drug abuse. You cannot afford to play around with the emotions of people that are already fragile. Shame on VH1 for allowing this show to be aired and shame on the media for blaming Dr. Drew. I believe he does want to help, he just needs to find another means of doing so.
And let me just add that an addiction is an addiction. These folks more than likely would've ended up in these situations either way, so I do not want to blame the television shows, but show-biz itself can be the catalyst of many addictions.
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