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Celebrity Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Updated on June 19, 2013

It seems like every few weeks or so another famous person is in the news with an alcohol or drug problem and it makes us wonder why?

Are celebrities more prone to addiction than the rest of us?

Being in a high stress job with more money than the average citizen puts them at risk but I don’t think they are any more prone to drug addiction or alcohol abuse than the rest of us.

Look at the news and you’ll see many stories of local people arrested for meth or crack they just don’t stay in the news because they aren’t famous. They also don’t get to go to a fancy rehab country club with lattes and massages. Celebrities can afford more expensive drugs like cocaine and look prettier, usually, while using drugs or alcohol.

Substance abuse is on the rise and not just by celebrities.

Being a celebrity is stressful

I’m not saying the rest of us don’t have our share of worries but when you look at people who can’t gain a few pounds or even lose a few without the press writing it up; that has to be stressful. I wouldn’t want the world scrutinizing my every move deciding if I have an eating disorder or getting too fat.

Rock stars work long hard hours for weeks on end traveling all over the world without seeing their families or significant others. Take a look at any musical group’s tour schedule, they are in England today, France tomorrow, Spain the next day and so on and so on. They never unpack because they’ll be rushing off to the airport for the next flight out to God knows where.

And they do that for months and months; it’s no wonder their divorce rate is so high. Look at song lyrics. Pink Floyd and Robert Plant have a full list of songs about their wives cheating on them. I’m sure they cheated too but it’s their song and they can sing it how they want.

Having a marriage full of uncertainty has to be hard.

Looking young

It’s bad enough that they can’t be overweight or too thin but on top of it all they have to stay looking young because God forbid we can’t have old people in movies or on stage. Look at poor Madonna after the half time show of the 2012 Super Bowl.

People are still going on and on about her performance and how she is too old. Never mind that she can out dance most people half her age or that she’s in much better physical condition. It doesn’t matter.

It’s no coincidence that Whitney Houston overdosed on drugs just before she was supposed to go on tour. Between reading the bad publicity Madonna got and the stress of traveling nonstop for months she probably just couldn’t take it. She was a sensitive fragile woman anyway and the thought of putting up with all that was probably more than she could take. I’m not saying she committed suicide but maybe just took a bit too much of her favorite drug to help her cope.

People only want to see youth and beauty on their televisions; old people need not apply… unless you are going to do a Viagra commercial or life insurance ads.

That is stressful. When the only livelihood you’ve ever known could be over in the blink of an eye simply because the world saw a wrinkle or two.

And then if you opt for plastic surgery trying to squeeze a few more years out of your performing life, people talk about you then too. Famous people can’t win for losing.

Celebrity Divorce

Regular people can have marital problems, separate or get a divorce without the world knowing our business but famous people don’t have this luxury. The minute one of them has a disagreement it’s in the news. We can’t let these poor people have a personal life because we are all looking in their windows nosing in their business every minute of every day watching to see if they have an argument.

He wasn’t wearing his wedding ring.

He was kissing another woman.

She was out to dinner with another man.

They are fish in our fish tanks and we are their owners watching every move they make.

Thank God I’m a writer, no one has to see me unless I want them to and it doesn’t matter if a writer looks old or overweight. We hide behind our words and keyboards and no one cares what we look like.


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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think so too, Writer Fox they are just in he limelight all the time so we know more about their business. Thanks for reading.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      It's certainly difficult to always be in the spotlight, but I don't know if celebrities have a higher drug abuse record than the general population. It seems to be a problem across all segments of societies.

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      Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm not making excuses for them and you are right, sgbrown, they shouldn't resort to substance abuse but some people aren't as strong and succumb to mental strain. Drugs and alcohol are readily available and an easy way to self medicate.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I'm sure being a celebrity is very stressful, but of course that is no excuse for doing drugs. If you can't cope, you get out. There are still many celebrities that lead clean lives. I'm sure the fact that they have so much money has much to do with the drug abuse. It's truly a shame that some people just can't deal with it all. Voting up and interesting. :)

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      seo4site 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Thank u Pamela

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading, Gerrylyn.

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      gerrylyn marteja 5 years ago

      drug's s not d best solution n our problem. d best way s 2 ask to our parents or friends what s d best solution 2 our problem."thumb's up" and make it think u can choose what s d best solution.a'm i ryt??????? thanks 4 entertaining my comment!!!!!!!!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      pmccray, It is sad. Seeing other people's misery makes some feel better about their own lives. Thanks for reading.

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      pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

      It is so sad that our society has turned to voyuerism as the new trend in entertainment, thus one of the reasons for "reality" TV popularity.

      But you have to admit those in the public eye choose the life, some of them, and it's part of the job discription. Not only the public eye, but public scrutiny on social sites. Sucks to be them, I love being a nobody. Voted up, marked interesting.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sergs_pogi, I agree. The less complicated things are the better I like them.

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      sergs_pogi 5 years ago

      Hmmm, I like this hub. It's really fascinating to live simply and quietly. This is the life that I want to have.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Imkarn, I have heard that celebrities are very insecure.

      Marcy, I miss some of the great ones and think it's sad we have lost them.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This is so timely, on the heels of losing yet another great artist (Whitney Houston). Celebrities are burning out and using up their lives faster than we can count them. It's sad that something about their chosen careers creates a tendency to turn to artificial stimulants. Voted up, useful and SHARED.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Considering the fact that lalaland attracts the least confident and most egotistical to begin with - adding any alcohol, drugs, and freedom is like lighting a fuse to a tinderbox. It only depends on the length of the fuse before it all goes KABOOM! Well written and interesting point!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Gypsy Rose Lee, it is a shame to throw away such talent on addiction. There are still actors and singers who stay away from that kind of life and they are better people for it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting! Celebs have it hard sure but their talents are God given and I believe they should do everything to keep going and not do drugs and alcohol. It's like throwing all that away and ruining your own life of course it you survive unfortunately a lot of them don't. Sort of like think before you leap. The younger celebs should learn from the old Hollywood legends. They got old gracefully and lived their lives to the fullest.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Angie, money doesn't solve problems in fact from what I've seen it adds to them. Thanks for reading.

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      This is a good hub, Pam ... it puts a reasonable perspective on the problems of celebrity.

      Most of us think that because these people have money and adulation all their problems are solved ... whereas in reality they are sometimes just starting.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Writer20, I don't know about boredom, I think they probably have plenty to do.

      Gail, you are right, drugs are not the answer.

      Sherry, I wouldn't want to be under the microscope all of the time like they are.

      RealHousewife, I've read of stalkers that follow female celebrities and call their house. Some fans get obsessed and are dangerous. That would make me paranoid.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      It's true - people think that just because people seem to have it all they should have a perfect life. It's all relative and the fact that "all eyes" are always on them - I bet makes them feel super paranoid about every step they take. Up and interesting!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Drats I used the wrong they're, I meant their house

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I have thought everything you said many times. I'd never trade my anonymous life for one of celebrity, even if it made me rich. As you said plenty of people have lots of drug, alcohol and personal problems, but at least they don't have photographers camped outside they're house, trying to catch them at their worst, while they're going through it.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I think that famous people do have a lot of stress in their lives, but they shouldn't turn to drugs and alcohol.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think they have a lot of money and get bored so they get alcohol and drugs,also if their boyfriends have dumped them.

      There's people like you and I who have a life still going on and a lack of money.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      jcmmanuel, you are right some of it is self induced. I don't think people realize just what being rich and famous means until they've crossed that bridge.

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      jcmmanuel 5 years ago

      Celebrities in general seem so focused on being at the center of public attention - but yes, it's also something that the public does with them. I guess that weakens them - perhaps something like feeling hollow inside, unless you're a strong person, and, preferably, have a mission, something that positions them as being more than just a puppet on a stage. Good that you pay attention to the phenomenon.

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks, Samadaslam. Drugs or alcohol are not the answer to anyone's problems and only add more. Thanks for reading.

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      No doubt celebrities have to face stress much more than a normal person but drug is never a remedy. It simply shows that you don't have will power and you don't have trust in your abilities. Well a very nice hub with a very nice topic. Loved it, Voted it Up and Thanks Pamela, Following you!