I suspect some people read these stories, or see these memoirs, and think “spoiled rich people” but I still hope that some people will read them and realise that they aren’t alone, that even the people that we (for some reason) look up to struggle with the disease of addiction too.
The latest one is Jessica Simpson. I had no idea she had problems with booze and pills. I’m so glad she’s coming out with her story. I hope she talks about the struggles with recovery too. I can’t wait to read her book.
We are all just people. It was a positive thing when celebrities first started acknowledging their addictions, treatments and recovery battles. Lifting the veil helps slowly lift the stigma for all of us. No one should have to struggle alone or in secret.
I’ve had to listen to people say “They chose to drink/use. It’s their own fault” and sit there completely afraid that they might find out about me. When it gets talked about openly like this it give courage to us common folk. Celebrities are just people like us all but they do have power and a voice. Just like DeNiro said in his speech at the SAG awards this weekend!! (of course, he was talking politics…but the message is still the same)
this is true - and it seems the battle of addiction can be even uglier for a celeb / public person bc the intense concealing of any wrong-doing can probably feel absolutely overwhelming. the only people that care if i’m an addict or not is my family and friends. couldnt imagine 400 million people caring so deeply about my private life.
@VSue and @claire-lo…agreed!! Opening up their lives to the public is brave, as we know. And IMHO it can only help us all as our society becomes more open about discussing and understanding addiction and substance abuse issues, as well as the underlying mental health issues they may stem from.
I read his book last week (well, listened to it on Audible). I thought it was great. Real eye opener to the struggle many of us go through with any sort of addiction or alcohol use disorder. So painful, yet so much to learn from. I pray that can find peace from the pain he holds within.