Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general has serious and negative effects on those who are affected by it.  As if this wasn’t bad enough, a lot of other problems and troubles come about from addiction, and just one of them is the very real effect of the negative stigma that is associated with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

The negative stigma that surrounds addiction makes it very clear that addiction is a terrible thing, but it also makes it look like those who abuse drugs and alcohol are terrible people.  The concept and the true, “stigma” is that those who do abuse drugs and alcohol are lesser people.  The idea is that drug and alcohol addicts are lower-class individuals and deadbeats and criminals and should be treated as such.  The truth is though anyone can fall to the effects of drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general.  Selena Gomez’s recent admittance into a rehab center on the East Coast is a perfect example of this.

The truth is, any human being from any demographic, race, ethnicity, cultural background, geographical area, income level, sex, age, intelligence, career field, and backing can become addicted.  In fact, a lot of celebrities, people who supposedly live the richest and happiest of lives, end up getting addicted to drugs and alcohol.  Listed below are thirty celebrities who suffered with addiction, some of whom died from it, and some of whom rose from it and became better persons because of it.  The idea of this list is to show that addiction can affect anyone differently, and because humans are unique, it is up to the individual person to do something about their addiction and not let it stigmatize them:

1. Drew Barrymore
2. Mary-Kate Olsen
3. Lindsay Lohan
4. Tila Tequila
5. Mischa Barton
6. Corey Haim
7. Jeremy London
8. River Phoenix
9. David Hasselhoff
10. Robert Downey Jr.
11. Farrah Fawcett
12. Nicole Richie
13. Heath Ledger
14. Jason Cook
15. Macaulay Culkin
16. Edie Falco
17. Philip Seymour Hoffman
18. Charlie Sheen
19. Tatum O’Neal
20. Johnny Depp
21. Ed Harris
22. Amy Whinehouse
23. Jamie Lee Curtis
24. Brittany Murphy
25. Judy Garland
26. Marilyn Monroe
27. Anna Nicole Smith
28. Edie Sedgwick
29. Elizabeth Taylor
30. Kirsten Dunst

Rehabilitation as the Ultimate Solution

Stigmatizing drug and alcohol addiction is not going to get anyone anywhere.  In fact, it will make things a lot worse.  If you tell a person enough times that he or she is a degraded person and a loser, deadbeat, criminal, then that is how he or she will start to act.  The fact of the matter is that anyone can become an addict, just like anyone can beat addiction.  It just takes some work and some effort to do is all.

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general is a steady and increasingly serious and worrying issue in the United States today.  These issues continue on and on and on as the years go by, merely growing in concern and worry as the years tend to go by.  Crisis after crisis occur creating a big issue in the United States with more and more deaths occurring from drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general.  Studies show that, on average, about eighty to one-hundred thousand Americans die each and every year because of drug and alcohol addiction, and about twenty-five million Americans in the nation are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Rather than forcing down the stigma that drug and alcohol addiction creates lower-class citizens and a resulting stigma, we should instead focus on the need and the desire for rehabilitation.  Rehab is totally attainable for anyone too.  No less than a full 30% of those who received treatment in the year of 2011 for their drug and alcohol addiction problems reported using public or private health insurance to pay for the treatment that they needed for their addiction crisis problems.  The trouble with a lot of people for getting into drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation programs and centers is that so many people just cannot afford the treatment that they so desperately need, especially if they are disabled.  Regardless of how it is paid for though, the key needs to be to get the addict in to a rehab center.

With the help of celebrities admitting that they suffered with addiction and that they beat their addiction and with the gradual removal of the stigma connected to addiction, the overall crisis that is true addiction can finally start to relax in severity and intensity.  With efforts to increase rehab and reduce stigma, these issues can finally become something of the past.

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