- Entertainment and Media
Celebrity Drug And Alcohol Abuse
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.
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.
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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