The American public is obsessed with watching Hollywood and political personas stumble and fall into addiction. And it’s no wonder: the people that we have chosen to shine in the spotlight often mirror our own lives, albeit on a somewhat more expensive scale. Just like us, they struggle with drug addiction and psychological disorders. Maybe we look at celebrities and hope for a little guidance as to how to handle our own addictions. If the celebrities in the tabloids are right, then drug rehab is the way to go when drug addiction takes over.
Celebrities Who Have Been to Drug Rehab
From Rush Limbaugh to Lindsay Lohan, celebrities across the spectrum of entertainment venues have found themselves in rehab for their alcohol and drug addiction issues. Among the most famous drug rehab attendees are Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan for alcohol and multiple drugs abused; John Belushi, Robin Williams, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne and Robert Downey, Jr. for cocaine abuse and alcoholism; and Michael Jackson, Kelly Osbourne, Winona Ryder and Eminem for prescription painkiller addiction. No matter how much money or fame you have, happiness doesn’t come in a prescription, a pipe or a bottle and soon enough even those who seem to have it made find themselves seeking treatment for their addiction issues.
Stories from the Past
Things happen so fast in the world of entertainment. Gossip that’s hot one day will disappear over night just to be replaced by the next big news story. It’s difficult enough to remember what people were talking about only a few months ago, let alone a few years ago. Here are a few stories from the past that at one point got a lot of media attention. We share these with you not to rehash the past but instead to shine a light on the continuous cycle of the rise and fall of so many celebrities. While it’s easy to get caught up in the entertainment of it all, it’s important to remember that celebrities are people too and need the same support and treatment that every recovering addict needs.
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Trials about Celebrity Deaths
The troubled model-turned-reality star continues to live on through the legal proceedings that followed her untimely death.
More than three years after the drug-related death of Anna Nicole Smith, the legal battle rages on to determine if some of those closest to her will be held responsible for contributing to the model-turned-reality star’s tragic demise.
The current court case is centered around accusations made by Maurice “Mo” Brighthaupt, Smith’s former bodyguard, who has accused Howard K. Stern of injecting her with drugs.
Brighthaupt testified recently, defending his charges against Stern, Smith’s longtime lawyer and eventual boyfriend. During the proceedings, he also acknowledged he only went public with his accusations after Stern called him “a thief” during an Oct. 10, 2007 appearance on CNN.
Smith died on February 8, 2007, while at a Florida hotel. The cause of death was eventually determined to be “acute combined drug intoxication.”
In addition to Stern, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor are also on trialæin Los Angeles County Superior Court on charges of conspiring to provide drugs to an addict and using false names on Smith’s drug prescriptions.
Stern’s defense lawyer, Steve Sadow, grilled Brighthaupt for more than an hour about his direct testimony in which he said he saw Stern inject Smith with drugs, according to CNN. Brighthaupt reluctantly acknowledged that he didn’t tell that story publically, though, until days after Stern’s appearance on CNN’s Larry King Live. Reports show that Brighthaupt also accepted $10,000 from Access Hollywood to license the use of some photos of Smith.
The trial is expected to last up to three months, possibly stretching into November 2010.
In Trouble with the Law
After a judge’s warning that slip-ups wouldn’t be tolerated, a failed drug sends Linsday Lohan back to jail.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan was back in court to face Judge Elden Fox after a recent positive drug test for a controlled substance. As a result, she was ordered to spend the next four weeks in jail while she waits for a probation revocation hearing.
“The actress showed no emotion as deputies handcuffed her hands behind her back and walked her out of the Beverly Hills courtroom,” CCN.com reported, adding, “Her father, who watched the short hearing from the rear of the courtroom, showed his own anger outside after his daughter was taken away.”
Michael Lohan told CNN.com, “It’s a horrible situation. I just hope the judge remands Lindsay to a rehab for a longer period of time and the people in Lindsay’s life that are destroying her life and leading her down the wrong path are weeded out.”
Lohan already spent 23 days in a court-ordered drug rehab program in summer 2010, following a 13-day jail stint imposed for a probation violation. Lindsay is required to submit to frequent drug tests as a result of supervised probation for a 2007 drunken driving conviction. She was warned by the judge in August 2010 that a failed test could send her back to jail.
“Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn’t go away overnight,” Lohan tweeted following her failed drug test. “I am working hard to overcome it and am taking positive steps ƒ doing what I must do to prevent any mishaps in the future.”
Coverage on TV
A celeb guest on Dr. Phil suggests 12-step groups may become the newest form of group therapy for the non-addicted.
Dr. Phil aired an episode of his show on January 20 titled “Trends for 2010: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” In it, the talk show host featured Katie Riggs, an actress, comedian and producer of Dance Your Ass Off, who shared her predictions for the coming year. One of the more surprising tongue-in-cheek trends she listed for the year was attending 12-step meetings as a way of networking.
Since counseling may be financially out of reach for more people this year due to the struggling economy, Riggs suggested that non-addicts would flock to 12-step groups as an alternative to one-on-one counseling. The group support would be a secondary benefit, though, to the networking aspects. Riggs joked that it’s long been a practice in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry and that the trend would sweep across the nation in 2010.
While Riggs’ predictions got a good laugh from the audience and there’s likely a kernel of truth in what she said, 12-step groups and other forms of treatment are serious, life-saving programs.
Celebrity Rehab Television Series Season 4
Julia Roberts’ brother, LC’s ex and Tiger’s alleged mistress and more sign up to undergo treatment in front of the cameras.
A new group of pseudo-celebs have signed on to undergo treatment in front of the cameras in the fourth season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Scheduled to air later this year, the show will feature a new crop of troubled models, singers, actors and others seeking treatment.
Julia Roberts’ brother, Eric Roberts, will join aging supermodel Janice Dickinson, former Party of Five star Jeremy London and Rachel Uchitel, best known as one of Tiger Woods’ alleged mistresses. Rounding out the fourth season’s “cast” is former The Hills regular Jason Waller (Lauren Conrad’s ex-boyfriend), troubled ï70s teen idol Leif Garrett, socialite Jason Davis and the mother of singer Keyshia Cole.
The show will follow the celebs through a 21-day treatment program led by addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, former co-host of MTV’s Loveline. Past participants include basketball star Dennis Rodman, country singer Mindy McCready, Rodney King, Grease actor Jeff Conaway. Often events on the show or around the show have made tabloid headlines of their own.
Lohan is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 22, 2010.
Who Beat Their Addictions
The Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler says he gets a natural high these days from his stint as a judge on the popular show.
Steven Tyler is high on life these days, thrilled with his newfound sobriety and his gig on American Idol. In a new People cover story, the Aerosmith frontman explains the appeal of new job alongside Jennifer Lopez.
“If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I’m not high on adrenaline, you’re crazy ƒ I’m stoned when that curtain drops,” adds Tyler, 63, whose been sober for a year and a half. “I just don’t snort the curtain dropping. I don’t snort J. Lo either, though I do breathe her in.”
It’s odd, off-the-wall comments like that which have people tuning in to hear what he’ll say next. It’s also made him popular water cooler talk the next day and endeared him to untold numbers of Idol fans.
For those left wanting more after each episode of Idol airs, they can tune into Tyler’s new memoir, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? In it, the hard-rocking star talks about his crazy life and his gratitude for overcoming several health issues that could have taken him down.
“Left up to my own devices,” says the singer, “I probably would have been dead several times over.”
What to Expect
A celebrity drug rehab can be summed up in a few words: the best accommodations and the utmost of security and anonymity. No celebrity would open themselves up for psychological and physical healing anywhere that they didn’t feel safe and cared for. They want the best professional team treating them in the most beautiful and relaxing accommodations with the widest variety of personal therapies, and they find it at The Canyon.
At The Canyon, you will find a wide variety of services designed to be molded into personalized and unique programs of recovery for each individual who enters, comfortable rooms, organic meals to rebuild your health, and group and individual therapy sessions to rebuild your mental strength. There’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of the same amenities afforded celebrities for the same drug addiction issues.
Rehab at The Canyon
Life is stressful for everyone, celebrities included. The Canyon specializes in treating those who are struggling with the pressure of day to day life as well as psychological and mental disorders in addition to drug addiction issues. Using traditional and nontraditional therapies, the excellent staff at The Canyon will help you heal and reclaim your life, learning about yourself in order to better achieve your goals and create stronger relationships with family and friends. Through individual and group therapy sessions, same-gender and mixed-gender groups, adventure therapy and psychodrama, art therapy and hypnotherapy, yoga and meditation, our professionals at The Canyon are waiting to help you begin the healing process and take advantage of our celebrity-style accommodations here in sunny California.