Archive | July, 2011

The Deadly Concoction

28 Jul

During the last decade the Media and more so the Entertainment world has been alarmingly inundated with issues surrounding celebrities and their drug and substance abuse. Drug and alcohol abuse is a terrifying issue plaguing the depths of many countries and many deaths results from misuse of these illegal and legal substances. But the deaths of prominent famous people related to the deadly concoctions are the issues that resonate on the tongues of many worldwide. Celebrities are stalked by paparazzi just for the front page shot capturing their next misdemeanour or their alcohol induced demeanour.

Amy Winehouse (whose cause of death still remains unknown) is the latest artist to follow in the footsteps of many who have died and who have misused drugs and alcohol. Celebrity deaths related to substance abuse dates back to the 1916’s if not further, (Wikipedia, 2011). According to Wikipedia (2011) the infamous names on the lists of famous people who have died as a result of substance abuse range from (John Belushi, George Best, Eddie Guerrero, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Marilyn Monroe).

  

But the question on the minds of many (including mine) is why do these famous people turn to drugs and alcohol?

Many fans and followers of celebrities believe that the lives led by their idols are seemingly perfect. Meaning that they have everything they could ever want; money, power and status. But the question that lingers in my mind still beckons…. Are these worldly possessions enough? Are these humans happy, truly happy? Are they suffocated by the fame? I believe that for some celebrities their worldly possessions are not enough. The obsession and the chase for ultimate success and fame often lead to the induction of drug and alcohol abuse into their seemingly perfect lives. I also believe that for some celebrities the element of childhood heartache and the suppression of pain also lead to the misuse of these deadly concoctions.

One also has to take into cognisance that people, who hail from the evil realms the world, manipulate these human beings into partying (because it’s the cool thing to do) or going after the next high. These evil beings are money and status leeches.

But what does all this mean…

In my opinion the future of these famous people who suffer from deadly addictions are grim and saddening unless drastic measures are taken. There are famous individuals like Oprah who do not indulge in these consequential deathly pursuits. However not everyone is Oprah… True. But there “several celebrities have tried their hand at drugs and/or alcohol, and a number of them even have fallen into the path of severe addiction… but through a rehabilitation program, have turned their lives around for the better”. According to Robert Shryoc these celebs who are now role models are Drew Barrymore, Angeline Jollie, Robin Williams and Samuel L Jackson.

Sobriety and a lifestyle in the spot light could be possible with help and perseverance

Otherwise watch out you too could be on the deadly list of doom.

R. Shryoc. (2011). Celebrity Role Models That Have Beat Addiction. http://EzineArticles.com/6324195
[Accessed Online :28 July 2011]

Wikipedia.(2011). List of drug-related deaths. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_drug-related_deaths
[Accessed online: 28 July 2011]

Pictures of Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix courtesy of: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/186301/20110725/amy-winehouse-dead-back-to-black-drug-overdose-janis-joplin-kurt-cobain-jimi-hendrix-jim-morrison-he.htm#page

Picture of Michael Jackson courtesy of   http://www.google.co.za/imgres?imgurl=http://cdn.showbizspy.com/static/mjackson_ambulance.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.showbizspy.com/article/188400/photo-of-michael-jacksons-dead-body.html&h=350&w=400&sz=108&tbnid=tNsxFzQxWgzq8M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=103&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmichael%2Bjackson%2Bpictures%2Bdead%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo 3Du&zoom=1&q=michael+jackson+pictures+dead&docid=QsOxIXt1cBv5jM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9a8xToCTIo6JhQf1lrz-Cg&ved=0CBsQ9QEwAA&dur=3713

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