Hollywood and Addiction – How serious are the stars about recovery?

Losing so many stars and starlets to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both might be an indication that there is something very wrong with the culture and responsibility of our Hollywood celebrities. Being pampered and treated like royalty their entire careers can take away their ability to see the reality of what they are doing not only to themselves, but to everyone around them including their fans and it is all too common that the consequences of their actions and decisions are much more lenient than the regular person’s would be from the legal system we rely upon.

One of the issues that our entertainment industry has with addiction is not owning up to it, and not being held accountable by the people surrounding them who are holding the burden of their substance abuse. In any regular home around the country, friends and family members would get together to surround the addict with love during a family intervention and come to the decision of entering in to a treatment program that can help them to become sober and rehabilitated from this awful period of their lives. But, this is not the case with celebrities who are having the time of their lives with no penalties for their activities.

Celebrities vs Intervention Services

“Rehab” has taken on the meaning of a glorified spa for “exhausted” super stars who cannot handle the stresses of their occupations, not the intervention services and therapy (medical and mental) that addicts have to go through to become happy and healthy people who can live their lives without the weight of substance abuse. These public figures do not lose their homes, children, money, cars, jobs, or any of the costly things that regular people do when they are suffering with this ailment. They get magazine covers, starring movie roles, and millions of dollars for the publicity they are garnering. Talk about a disconnect.

An intervention program is vital

Since the beginning of recorded music and movies, famous people have gotten a free pass to use substances to enhance their creativity, and anyone who has actually been addicted to drugs or alcohol knows that nothing could be farther from the truth about what it does to your mind. And while the legal system jails common people for their offenses, stars get to head off to the rehab of their choice for massages and pedicures and never really get to the root of the issue. So when they get out of their so-called treatment they can continue on with their partying and have gotten yet another “get out of jail free” card.

We read tabloid magazines and watch celebrity television, all the while calling it “reality”, but it is not. If these people’s families lived in reality, they would contact an intervention program to come to and try and help the situation before another public figure is lost and we glamorize their life of leisure and irresponsibility. They do not hide their addictions like a regular person would try to do, they use it to their advantage and it has gotten out of control. The price of fame is high and sometimes the only way to pay is with your life.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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