and Their Battle with Addiction and/or Alcoholism
Sometimes, when we are watching our loved one's struggle it builds a sense of comradery when we acknowledge that addiction and alcoholism knows no bounds. No matter how alone you might feel, you are not alone. Even celebrities struggle.
As a child star, young Barrymore recalls smoking from age 9 1/2 and drinking and club hopping as young as 10 years old. She went on to attend two treatment facilities and eventually beat the odds and broke the bounds of addiction. As an adult she seems to be quite a healthy celebrity.
TV's all around good girl, Marcia Brady, is speaking out about her addiction issues and her relationships. She has written a tell all: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, by Maureen McCormick. In her expose she is honest to her core. She battled addiction in the lime light. Despite the grasp of addiction she has risen above and become an advocate for recovery.
The Olsen twins captavated America's hearts in the TV show, Full House, and grew quickly to TV Stardom to fashion designers and producers. Somewhere in the midst of their famous life Mary-Kate Olsen began her addiction to drugs and her eating disorder took hold over her. Recently at their 29th Birthday Bash, they both looked healthier than they have in the past.
Lindsay Lohan was the star of Parent Trap, and quickly fell into the child star trap. She got lost in the chaos of stardom. She was one of the first stars of the 2000's to be made an example of. Stars are allowed to make mistakes but they still have to face the consequesces of their actions. Lohan has battled addiction and unhealthy habits for over a decade. Hopefully she will remain in recovery.
The one time It Girl, Mischa Barton, went from a healthy, happy teen, to a suicidal, trainwreck. Mischa went to bars to escape the pain and body shame she felt from Hollywood pressure. Unfortunately her recent news has not been good. We hope she will find Strength and Hope as a soft place to land.
Prince was an icon, a true prodigy. Having recently lost his life to his battle with Opiod addication, we all wish he could have been saved. His addiction captivated his whole life and eventually he fell victim to overdose.
Robin Williams was a great man, he is an example of someone who was lost in the labrynth of addiction and he just could not find his way out. It was heart breaking to watch his family suffer after he passed away while intoxicated. If you have lost a family member to addiction you know its a slow death. Its torture to watch your loved one suffer so deeply and feel so helpless. Robin WIlliams will be forever missed, but never forgotten.