There 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.
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.