Substance abuse and other mental health disorders can impact anyone. However, when substance abuse and addiction make the news, it is often because a celebrity’s life has spiraled out of control due to addiction. Celebrities are just as vulnerable to the dangers of substance abuse and psychological conditions as anyone else. Despite their wealth and prestige and often because of it, a one-time experiment can quickly descend into a self-destructive way of life. Unfortunately, news about such events tends to be sensationalized, judgmental and titillating, rather than being presented in a way that might help readers gain perspective on the issues in their own lives.
At Unity Behavioral Health, we’ve witnessed the effects of long-term drug and alcohol abuse first-hand, and they do not discriminate. Our Recovery in the News feature fosters transparency in the recovery community and creates a healthy dialogue between all of its members. Our goal is to provide readers with information and perspective about substance abuse and mental illness that gives them the understanding that they are not facing these issues alone.