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Putting Recovery On The Map

10-03-11 | By

Celebrities Vs. Addiction: Recent overdoses of Celebrities

No matter where you live, how old you are, what your economic status or how famous you are, you can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. That addiction can be deadly as the number of celebrities that suffer from addiction, and have overdosed in the last few years should prove.

Many of these celebrities had every thing to live for in the eyes of the world, but that did not stop their addictions from getting the better of them.

Let’s look at a few of these celebrities whose talent has been recently lost to the world.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was considered to be an extremely talented singer, but her drug use often resulted in erratic behavior that left many people shaking their head. However, it seems like either no one noticed or cared how dangerous her drug use had become until it was too late, and this young singer lost her life at the age of 27.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson first became a celebrity at an extremely young age. His talent would carry him through 5 decades in the music business that often burned entertainers out after only a few years. However, personal problems plagued him through out his life and at age 50, drugs given to him by his own doctor kept him addicted and ended his life and music forever. Michael Jackson left behind two young children who will grow up knowing only bits and pieces of the celebrity addict who was their father.

Heath Ledger

Academy award nominated actor Heath Ledger died at age 28 in his New York City apartment from an overdose of prescription drugs. The actor’s career was growing strong he had a young daughter he adored and every reason to live but, his dependence on drugs made those things take second place to his cravings for drugs which eventually ended his life.

Addicted Celebrities

These deaths bring home the true tragedy of addiction and how it not only affects the addicted but, those who care about them as well. You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a lot to live for and no matter how bad things may seem addiction only makes things worse not better. If you are addicted or know someone who is then getting help or convincing them to get help may just save a life and save those who love them from years of sorrow and wondering what they could have done to prevent such a tragedy.


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