It seems like every time you open the newspaper or turn on the television, you hear about another celebrity who is going to rehab, or who is returning to rehab for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc time.
Whether this is a bigger problem than it has been in the past is a discussion for a different time. We hear more about it, but that could mean that more celebs are going to rehab than in the past, or it could just mean that the media is reporting these trips because of the increased attention that is now being paid to the personal lives of celebrities.
The focus of this article is about whether it is a good thing that these trips to rehab are in the media.
When anyone (including famous people), there are typically two situations involved:
- Court ordered rehab
- Voluntary rehab
The court ordered versions of rehab are well known because those celebrities have already spent a great deal of time in the news and are in the midst of a media circus. Lyndsay Lohan is currently the most famous celebrity in this situation.
While celebs volunteering to go to rehab aren’t as widely publicized, they are still in the news.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
The truth is that people can learn from both of these, and they can learn from the celebrities who are able to turn their lives around. If they are successful, it’s an inspiration for everyone to see. If they are not successful, it can still send a message that everyone, regardless of rank or privilege can succumb to the temptation of alcohol and drugs. It’s a serious issue and can have devastating consequences.
When the celebrity voluntarily checks into rehab because they have recognized that their life is in danger of spinning out of control, admitting to themselves that they need help is a powerful example for others.
It takes a lot of courage for anyone to have the courage to ask for help. While many of these celebrities would prefer to keep this issue private, allowing the public to see their example can be powerful source of courage for everyone else.