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Demi LavatoThere are always new up and coming trends in the world of celebrity and pop culture.  A trend that has been on the rise among stars is the use of rehabilitation center.  Rehabilitation centers treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses, anything from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to drug and alcohol addiction.  So with more and more celebs checking in, is rehab the new black?  Young child star Selena Gomez recently cut short her rehab program at The Meadows facility in Arizona. She completed two weeks of a six week program in order to promote her new movie “Rudderless”.  Selena’s representatives say she made the decision to leave rehab to promote the movie and knew that these dates were approaching upon entering the canter.  Having an addiction to alcohol, marijuana and prescription medication why would she enter a program that she knew she would be unable to finish.

Lindsay its not really funny anymore.

Lindsay its not really funny anymore.

The reality of addiction is that it is a soul destroying, debilitating disease that destroys individuals and families.  Those who embark on the road to recovery take much time, contemplation and soul searching before taking this huge step.  If you have unlimited resources and finances, with easy access, the decision may be less challenging.  Over the last number of months celebs such as Chris Brown, Zac Effron and Amanda Bynes have availed of rehabilitation facilities; stemming from issues such as assault, drug addiction and erratic behavior.   Child star Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of rehab 6 times since 2007 for drug and alcohol problems.  Due to the lifestyles celebs live and the lavish facilities they enter, it’s easy to understand why people would question both their illnesses and even their motives for entering a rehab facility.  Often entry follows a tirade of poor publicity and unacceptable behavior.  The obvious next step being ‘rehab’ and a wish to follow the right path, get help and straighten their life out.  Their professions and constant public scrutiny cause immense strain but are celebs entering these facilities to assist them with public opinion, image and popularity.  If this is the case it creates an extremely damaging image for addicts and the recovery process as a whole.  It is not a holiday or a break away from the real world; it is a long and challenging journey to overcome ones demons and vices.

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5 Comments

AmyMarch 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I sometimes think that all the celebs in rehab are there because of an overly materialistic life that caused them to become depressed. It seems like more grounded celebrities have found causes, etc., that occupy their time and give them more of a purpose.

 

AmyMarch 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I absolutely don’t think that they go to rehab for image. I think they go to rehab because they have serious problems. I’m sure they do lots of things for publicity, but the rehab always seems to be a cry for help. Look at celebrities who have died from ODing. These are real problems not trendy ones.

 

AmyMarch 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

With all these celebraties making a fad out of addiction, I think it really trivializes the struggles of people that really need help! they’re just into sensationalizing everything. It might feel good for now that rehab is losing it’s stigma, but what are addicts going to do when the fad is over and they still have issues? their health care is going to be seen as something that’s “so last year” and not a real problem.

 

AmyMarch 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Notice how all of the examples you cited were of women! I think there’s an equally important issue going on here, and that is society’s failure to take anything famous women do seriously. Crazy chicks like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan get so much more press than anyone doing anything admirable. when you look at men facing the same problems, it’s a different story.

 

AmyMarch 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Cara I agree with you these problems are as serious as they can get in other words life and death. However, I wonder how much of the rehab is just to keep the studio quiet the press at bay to leave them alone. I don’t think they do it for publicity but I do think they do it for the wrong reasons without the true desire to get sober. Their struggle is just like everyone else’s its really hard to quit and get clean and sober. Being a celebrity doesn’t protect them for the cunning, baffling and powerful nature of addiction.

 

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