Why Celebrities Struggle with Drug Addiction just like Normal Individuals

Addiction knows no bounds. In fact, well over 20 million people are struggling with it today.  Those who struggle with addiction can be of any age, socio-economic class, race, and gender.  The one thing that all those battling addiction should know is that they are not alone.  Celebrities can suffer from addiction just like you. The only thing that is unique about their experience is that they have to live through their addiction in front of cameras and in the spotlight.  They are tempted by the same things, have the same triggers and fight against relapse each and every day. Demi Moore, Lady Gaga, Zac Efron, Brad Pitt, and Drew Barrymore are some of the celebrities who have opened up about their drug addiction in the last decade. 

What Does Addiction Look Like?

The most common addictions are to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, painkillers, cocaine, and heroin.  While addiction may manifest differently in each of us, some commons signs that you might be addicted to drugs include: 

  • Difficulty or inability to stop using the drug
  • Spending excessive amounts of time trying to get the drug, with those who sell the drugs, etc.
  • Willingness to engage in high risk or illegal activities to obtain drugs
  • Sleeping excessively and spending more time alone than usual
  • Losing interest in activities that you love and neglecting your everyday responsibilities
  • Physical symptoms of addiction, sudden weight loss, enlarged or small pupils, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, body odor and looking like you are not taking care of yourself.

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Addiction 

These signs and symptoms of addiction look the same whether you are a celebrity or someone who has no interest in the spotlight.  No matter who you are, getting treatment for your addiction is critical to your long-term health and wellness. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina offers cognitive behavioral therapy to our clients to treat a wide variety of conditions and issues, including addiction. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that works to change your behavior or your thinking patterns in order to treat the issues that you are battling. This treatment is highly effective for helping individuals who struggle with addition. Our team strives to give you the personalized help you need – when you need it. For more information about using cognitive behavioral therapy as a tool against addiction, call the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina today at (828) 350-1177 or (828) 232-8934.