Drug addiction seems so devastating and dramatic that it is surprising when a celebrity is revealed to have kept a major addiction out of the tabloids. The reality of drug use is that it is far more pervasive than most people realize. It is not not a series of sensational events. It is a painful way of life.
Glee star Cory Monteith is the most recent rising talent to succumb to his addiction. His death was so shocking because, though he received in-patient treatment in the past year, he appeared to be incredibly high functioning. His previous drug use was known, but no one one knew that he was still using or how bad his problem really was. He arrived at the Glee set on time every day, and he had a reputation for being one of the kindest actors in Hollywood. He proved that someone could have a debilitating addiction without showing any outward signs.
Former teen idol Zac Efron managed to keep his drug addiction a secret until after he was released from rehab. His time spent in two different addiction treatment centers might never have become public knowledge if someone in his inner circle had not leaked the information to the press. Efron is another young star who appeared to have everything but still felt the need to escape his reality. He is staying silent and appears to be doing well, so hopefully he will not relapse.
Demi Lovato entered rehab ostensibly to treat her bulimia, but she was treating her cocaine addiction as well. Many young actresses use cocaine to help them stay slim, and the drug only served to exacerbate Lovato’s already severe eating disorder. She has since regained her health and has become a role model for young women who struggle to accept their bodies.
Albert Hammond Jr.
Hammond is plays guitar in The Strokes, one of the most buzzed-about bands of the last decade. Rumors about singer Julian Casablancas’ alcoholism and cocaine use were rampant, but no one talked about Hammond’s heroin addiction. He completed a rehab program in 2011 with such little fanfare that it barely made the news. His fans were surprised when he opened up about his addiction in a recent interview. He is an example of a high-functioning addict who flew under the radar while other people received more attention for less severe afflictions.
Sweetin, who played wise-cracking Stephanie Tanner on Full House, had been out of the spotlight for years when the news broke in 2009 that she was addicted to crystal meth. She is just one of countless former child stars who had trouble coping with no longer being famous. Meth is one of the most addictive and deadly recreational drugs, but Sweetin has fortunately managed to overcome her addiction.
Drug addiction does not just affect wild party goers. Anyone can develop an addiction under stressful or sad circumstances. An addiction that is seemingly mild still warrants medical care, lest it become too severe or go on too long for it to be treated.
Author Bio: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.