Stress accumulation

Why are Celebrities Vulnerable to Substance Abuse?

Many people have fallen victim to substance abuse and it is no news that this menace has eaten deep into our society. However, there is no gainsaying that some people are more susceptible to abusing drugs than others. Celebrities are judged for what they wear, what they eat, the words they utter and even their body shapes. The backlash and castigation they receive from their audience could cause their self-esteem to diminish.

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A lot of famous people have been noted for their history of addiction to different substances. The lucky ones were able to overcome this heavy inclination and recover, but others ended up relapsing and in worst cases, dead. Although hard substances have fatal consequences, there are still some celebrities who depend on them to carry out their daily activities.

Several factors can contribute to the vulnerability of celebrities to substance abuse and some of them are:

To experiment

Drug dealing
Drug dealing

The brain cannot completely resist drugs once the experimentation starts and that on its own is a recipe for destruction. With fame comes money and power and having more money than one could have ever imagined could lead to irrational thinking and behaviours. Many celebrities want to experiment with things they could not before the arrival of fame and money. This leads a lot of them to the journey of no return.

Loneliness

Loneliness
A lonely person

Humans are social creatures and being famous could mean losing a lot of people you are used to and drifting apart. Celebrities go out with million-dollar smiles but underneath the facades are isolated souls waiting to be rescued. A lot of them turn to drugs because of this. However, it is a vicious cycle because the moment the effects of the drugs wear off, all the emotions they are trying so hard to evade will rush back with more intensity. Thus, some spiral into depression.

The need to relieve stress

Stress accumulation
Stress-induced drug abuse

Stress could play a significant role in substance addiction. Celebrities go through a lot of stress because they are in the limelight. Going from shows to interviews, radio and TV appearances and doing personal stuff could make stress accumulate. The need to relieve physical or mental stress can cause compulsive substance intake. The practice of self-medication while under stress is not advisable as this could lead to heavy abuse of drugs.

Dependence on prescription

Drugs
Drugs

This is when a drug user continues to take a prescribed drug even when the problems related to their use have subsided. Humans tend to be dependent on painkillers. Over time, tolerance will be developed against the drug and the dosage will need to be increased to get the desired effects. Many athletes who had to undergo surgery due to an injury have fallen victim to substance dependence in this manner.

Stage Fright 

Stage fright
Stage fright

Stage fright is a kind of situational anxiety and you would be surprised to find out that a lot of the musicians who release melodious hits are nervous about the crowd. Hence, these drugs help keep their nerves under wraps during the period of performance. Unknown to them is their gradual descent into the world of addiction.

Conclusion

Everyone should remember that hard drugs are parasites and substance abuse must be fought. Be vocal about what you are going through and seek help from professionals. If you are an addict, go to rehab if need be and have the mindset of not relapsing.