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Celebrities and Addiction

Celebrities and Addiction

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In professional sports, the pressure to maintain a high level of performance and, thereby, a high level of success, has been known to fuel addiction. It would make sense then that celebrities and those who have achieved great success in a variety of fields would also feel that same pressure.

Many find it hard to understand how someone who seemingly “has it all” can lose themselves to drugs or alcohol.  At Spring Gardens Recovery Center in Florida, we understand. A leader among luxury detox centers in Florida, Spring Gardens Recovery provides the amenities, the therapies and the privacy that high achievers can appreciate. We are one of the most innovative alcohol and drug detox treatment centers in Florida, offering an environment where you can receive quality treatment to heal your body, mind, and soul. Located just outside of Tampa, our Florida detox center specializes in providing both traditional and leading-edge detox and treatment approaches for those afflicted.

You can probably name several celebrities that have been to rehab off the top of your head. Robert Downey, Jr.’s name may be one that comes to mind. These days, he is the highest paid actor in Hollywood, a star among the pantheon of Marvel comic book heroes. At one point in his life, 1996 to be exact, he wasn’t much of a hero to anyone – certainly not to his neighbors, who came home one night to find Downey passed out in their 11-year-old son’s bed.

“After a succession of arrests (getting wasted, getting busted, ditching rehab), he’d been sent to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, in Corcoran, California,” Rich Cohen said in a Vanity Fair cover story that appeared in 2014. “But this was Robert Downey Jr., meaning that the time in stir was, for him, more productive than 10 semesters with Strasberg. Not only did it afford him a helpful glimpse of his professional mortality, it put him in touch with the bedrock truth, aged him like leather, lending his work, which has always been prized, a new depth.”

Fame and fortune do come at a cost.  For some, that cost is more than they can handle. Not all celebrities are able to battle their demons and come out on top.

Consider Carrie Fisher.  When she died in December 2016, the actor, author and mental health advocate, known and loved by many as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, had cocaine as well as traces of heroin and other opiates and MDMA in her system.  At the time, her daughter Billie Lourd said that Fisher “battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life [and] ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases… I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”

Fisher’s story highlights the link between mental health and addiction – as does that of television journalist Elizabeth Vargas, who documented her experience in Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction. “In Between Breaths, Vargas discusses how she developed anxiety at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam and how this anxiety impacted her over the course of her life. Alcohol offered relief from this anxiety until, of course, it didn’t,” says Katie MacBride in 100 Must-Read Books About Addiction on Book Riot. “Vargas discusses her time in rehab, her first year of sobriety, and the guilt she felt as a working mother who ‘never found the right balance.’”

While the pressure to continue a successful trajectory leads some to abuse drugs and alcohol, MacBride says it was failure that drove Craig Ferguson, the former host of the CBS Late, Late Show to addiction. His memoir, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot, is also on MacBride’s list of must-read books. “Before he was a household name, Craig Ferguson was a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer. To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt,” she says. “But his story has a happy ending: success on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later as the host of CBS’s Late Late Show.”

George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, and his family are among the well-known names that were not blessed with a happy ending. Writing about McGovern’s book Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism, MacBride said, “The recovery stories that don’t end happily don’t always get told. In this heartbreaking memoir, George McGovern recounts his daughter’s ultimately fatal struggle with alcoholism.”

If you are ready to write your own happy ending, you will find our Florida detox center, offering a unique, holistic approach to recovery, just north of Tampa.  Spring Gardens Recovery treatment center in Florida offers a blend of amenities and services designed to heal the mind, body, and soul. Whether you have been researching drug or alcohol detox centers, you will find a safe, secure, and eminently comfortable environment where healing occurs at Spring Gardens, specialists in every facet of opiate detox.



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