celebrity addiction

Celebrity addiction is one of the most popular topics on gossip sites. Celebrities who have fallen hard are often the fodder on online blogs and entertainment media coverage. The impact of celebrity addiction can be negative if those who emulate them think drug use makes them cool, but when a celebrity is killed by the drug addiction, it can be a cautionary tale for those who think they are invulnerable. Recent celebrity deaths due to prescription drug addiction have brought this serious public health problem to the attention of policy makers.

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MLB’s New Drug Policy: Two Strikes You’re Out

A lot of players are starting to boo Major League Baseball’s three-strike rule aimed to rid the sport of performance enhancing drugs. The first violation entails sitting out 50 games, the second a 100-game suspension and anything further yields complete dismissal and a permanent ban from the game.

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Carrie Fisher Overcomes Another Hurdle: Achieving a 50-Pound Weight Loss

It’s great to see the multi-talented Carrie Fisher back on the scene again. Not that the actress, author, motivational speaker, celebrity spokesperson has been totally missing in action. It’s just that she feels and looks so much better now that she’s lost 50 pounds in nine months on the Jenny Craig Program. Continue Reading

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NFL’s Quinn Pitcock Fought 18-Hour-a-Day Video Game Addiction

A relatively uncommon culprit on the celebrity scene is emerging: video game addiction. Detroit Lions’ NFL player Quinn Pitcock’s story of addiction to online gaming is drawing attention to the problem and the destruction it can bring, including 18-hour days playing games online at the height of his addiction. Continue Reading

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Twilight Actor Opens Up About Alcohol Abuse Among Native Americans and His Own Experience with Addiction

Actor Chaske Spencer, who plays Sam Uley in the “Twilight” movie series, opened up to students at the University of Illinois about alcoholism and addiction. The talk was sponsored by the Illini Union Board and the Native American House.

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Rocker Rick Springfield Goes Public On Battle with Sexual Addiction and Depression

Experts are learning more and more about sexual compulsivity and sexual addiction, a topic fueled in part by ongoing celebrity exposure of the destructive behavior. Recently Rick Springfield, actor and rocker known for his early 1980s song “Jessie’s Girl,” admitted to an addiction to sex and having had depression so strong he once attempted suicide.

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Gaming Addiction Threatens Career of Pro Ball Player

An addiction can have a debilitating effect on an individual’s life. The topic of addiction is not always as important as what it does to the individual. He or she may completely wrap his or herself up in the activities surrounding the addiction, which can lead to the loss of a job, friends, family and even a home.

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Mel Gibson: A Lifetime of Alcoholism

Is there a difference between a celebrity with a substance abuse problem and an unknown individual with the same problem? This question can be answered any number of ways, but perhaps the most obvious is the fact that the challenges the celebrity faces are generally detailed in every media outlet, while the average citizen generally must only worry about those in their close knit circle.

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Champion Jockey Seeking Counseling for Alcohol Abuse

After making his problem with alcohol consumption known in two recent public incidents, Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux has admitted himself to therapy to help manage his issues with alcohol use.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Father Wants Her Forced into Rehab

Lindsay Lohan’s father wants her forced into rehab, but not jail, according to his lawyer, Lisa Bloom, who happens to be a CBS News legal analyst.

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Michael Douglas Says Prison Is Saving His Son

Prison could do Cameron Douglas good after a lifetime of drug abuse, his father Michael Douglas told NBC’s "Today" show.

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