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Celebrities using drugs are no exception. Being a celebrity is difficult, and it’s even more challenging when they are addicted to drugs. Substance abuse has completely damaged the careers of certain celebrities.

While we wouldn’t go so far as to claim that drugs and popularity have always had a love-hate connection, it’s safe to say that since the film business became a global enterprise, movie stars, musicians, and famous people have been linked to various mind-altering substances. No, not all of your favorite musicians and actors have experimented with drugs, but the chemicals circulate in Hollywood for the same reason they circulate in Wall Street. When you have a large group of young people with extra money and a high-pressure/public career, drugs are certain to turn up at some time at the party.

Of course, not all drug-abusing celebrities are created equal. While some people experiment with drugs in their adolescence or simply use them in moderation, others choose to value getting high over developing their jobs, whether they recognize it or not. Directors, studios, and other actors are just unwilling to collaborate with some of these stars due to their persistent drug use. Others simply died as a result of their behaviors. Regardless matter the outcome, the tales of these once-promising performers who sacrificed their careers for narcotics are almost always tragic.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is among those celebrities whose meteoric rise to stardom demands spending some time to think about how she got there. The truth is that Houston had been climbing through the levels of the music industry throughout the 1980s, but it wasn’t until she acted in The Bodyguard and released a best-selling record to go along with it that she reached the pinnacle of her fame.

The situation didn’t immediately deteriorate, but in the years that followed, there were persistent accusations that Houston had been taking drugs. The alarming amount of her drug use was eventually disclosed. The 48-year-long history with cocaine reached a climax in 2012 when she was discovered dead in a Beverly Hills hotel with multiple substances found later in her body systems.

Nick Stahl

Although you may not recognize the name Nick Stahl, you are almost surely aware of at least some of his films. Following his appearances in films such as In the Bedroom and The Thin Red Line, he established himself as a superb supporting actor. Stahl’s performance in the HBO series Carnivàle, nevertheless, helped him land bigger roles like playing John Connor in Terminator 3.

Stahl’s career came crumbling down when he realized he couldn’t disguise his substance usage problems any longer. Stahl went off of the deep end when his long-term wife filed for divorce and custody. He mysteriously disappeared for several days before being discovered at the end of a long spree. He was also detained for public obscenity at an adult video store, and his celebrity status has yet to recover.

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen was once simply a talented young actor from a well-known family. Sheen was one of the trendiest stars in the industry by the late 1980s. He was steadily proving himself as a truly versatile performer as he starred in hit after the smash. Sheen’s star power waned throughout the 1990s, and he had a difficult time regaining it. Sheen, on the other hand, shot back to fame when Two and a Half Men became the most popular television show.

“Then the drugs happened,” it’s tempting to say, but we’d subsequently learn that Sheen had been struggling with drug addiction for years. Of course, we discovered this when Sheen turned into a human online meme who was fond of rambling about “tiger’s blood” and “winning.” For a time, Sheen’s mental collapse made him more renowned than ever, but the euphoria was short-lived. Around that time, he lost his high-paying TV job, and it appears he’s still attempting to put his life back together.

River Phoenix

We’ll wrap up our examination of childhood performers who became dependent on drugs with one of Hollywood’s truly famous stories. River Phoenix was widely regarded as America’s best young actor, thanks to his outstanding performances in films such as Stand By Me, Running on Empty, and Explorers. He appeared to be poised to be the next big thing.

All of that came to an end on October 31, 1993, when River Phoenix died of a heroin overdose. The revelation came as a shock to the 23-year-old, who had never been engaged with drugs before this. Nevertheless, it was revealed in the following weeks that Phoenix had begun experimenting with narcotics in addition to his normal alcohol consumption. A combination of morphine and cocaine proved too much for Phoenix on that fateful evening.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman, an Academy Award winner for his role in the 2005 film “Capote,” Truman Capote was a movie and stage actor. He starred in films such as “Doubt” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” both of which received Oscar nominations. He was almost done filming the final part of the “Hunger Games” series when he died.

Hoffman claimed in a 2006 interview with “60 Minutes” that he had attended rehab at the age of 22 and had achieved sobriety. “You get panicked,” he explained. “It made him wonder if he would ever be able to do the things he wanted to do with his life. he further stated that he was placing himself self in perilous circumstances and predicaments.

Hoffman, who died in February 2014 at the age of 46, spent his entire life battling addiction. His primary cause of death was intoxication due to a combination of drugs.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand, an English actor, and comedian is frank about his prior drug usage. His drug use is regularly discussed as part of his stand-up act, in addition to his promiscuity and sex addiction.

After having left his mother’s home at the age of 16, he started using narcotics. Brand characterized his first heroin trip as “blissful.”

I can’t communicate to you how effective heroin is at numbing pain. Brand told The Guardian that it turns a tight, white fist into a soothing, brown wave.  He tweeted in December 2014 that he had been sober and clean for 12 years.

Robert Downey, Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr., the young idol turned “Iron Man” fame, has battled heroin and drugs in the public eye. Between 1996 and 2001, the star has been in and out of jail for numerous drug offenses after being exposed to narcotics by his father when he was just eight years old.

Downey told Rolling Stone that after all those years of snorting coke, he accidentally got entangled in heroin after smoking pot for the first time. It finally connected the shoelaces. When you smoke dope or cocaine, you become powerless and Intervention is the only way out of that dismal situation

Downey entered recovery in 2003, putting a stop to his years-long addiction.

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman, one half of “The Two Coreys,” a name given to him and cast member Corey Haim during their rise to fame in the 1980s, battled narcotics in front of a large audience. The actor revealed sexual molestation by a family friend in his 2013 book “Coreyography.” Feldman was exposed to drugs by the same man who sexually assaulted him.

Feldman struggled with substance misuse for years after his debut. He was convicted for possession of heroin in 1990. His addiction rapidly worsened as a result of the abuse.

In 2013, Feldman told The Huffington Post that there was a time when he truly took the plunge after he went off the coke after he already had a period with crack. Then this “other” girl dumped him, and the man who introduced him to every drug he’d ever done, the pedophile, said, ‘Hey, why don’t you try heroin?'”

Carrie Fisher

Princess Leia was Carrie Fisher’s most famous role in the “Star Wars” saga. Fisher struggled with heroin addiction for a long time. Fisher later admitted that she began self-medicating with substances, including heroin, to calm the manic aspect of her despair. She told Psychology Today, “Drugs made me feel more normal.” “They kept me in check.”

Fisher described her drug use, particularly heroin experimentation, in a 2016 Q&A conversation with Rolling Stone. “Are there any drugs you wish you’d never tried?” questioned Rolling Stone. “The stronger of the opiate class,” the actress replied. She further said that it was heroin that made her snort and that she has never gone all out, which is exactly what one would do when if one were attempting suicide.

The actress died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in December 2016. The following day, her mom, actress Debbie Reynolds, died.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love, an actress, and singer say her heroin usage got serious after she attended an event at Charlie Sheen’s residence at the encouragement of a friend. She further added that Jennifer, who has been sober for 16 years, persuaded her to shoot up at some time. ‘Come on, everyone’s doing it,’ Love said in 2011 on the sobriety site The Fix. So that’s when her whole heroin drama started.

She resigned a few years later and was short of what she pledged to the manager. Courtney later told The Fix that she finally quit in 1996, when she promised Milos Forman [director of ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’] that she would not do drugs while she was shooting that movie

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love’s husband and the lead vocalist of the rock band Nirvana, openly fought with heroin addiction, just like his wife. Cobain addressed his heroin use in an unpublished 1992 message to his fans.

He mentioned that after becoming a vegetarian, trying protein drinks, quitting smoking, exercising, and seeing doctor after doctor, he opted to treat his discomfort with little dosages of heroin for a whopping three weeks. Cobain further said that it worked as a band-aid for a while, but the ache returned, so he stopped. It was a terrible thing to do, and he’ll never do it again. He said that he pity anyone who believes heroine can be used as a medicine because, well, duh, it doesn’t work.

Cobain was unable to quit using heroin, and he succumbed to the injury of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 1994. On the occasion of his death, his autopsy indicated high quantities of heroin in his body systems.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, the renowned neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, was one of cocaine’s most ardent proponents. When his best buddy struggled with morphine addiction, Freud assisted him in switching cocaine for morphine, as this was a common approach to treat addiction in the nineteenth century.

Freud and a colleague nearly killed a patient by overdosing on cocaine in another terrifying instance. Freud continued to accept and advocate for the use of cocaine even though his best buddy became a morphine and cocaine addict and passed away at the age of 45.

Freud maintained to use cocaine until his father died, after which he stated to have put his “cocaine brush” behind him.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was a well-known actor and comedian who appeared in shows like Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork & Mindy, and Good Will Hunting, among others. Through much of his career, Williams battled with cocaine and alcohol abuse—he frequently mentioned cocaine in his comic routines till the death of Saturday Night Live actor and his close friend John Belushi.

Williams relapsed into consuming alcohol after nearly two decades of abstinence and entered into a rehab facility.

Williams, who was 63 at the time, committed suicide in 2014. He had gone to rehab just a month before his death.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is a songwriter, singer, and advocate for mental health. Lovato began acting at a young age. Her first notable roles were on Barney & Friends, followed by Camp Rock on the Disney Channel. She has spoken publicly about her difficulties with eating disorders, depression, bullying, and alcohol and cocaine addiction.

Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year contains 365 of Lovato’s daily mantras for living a healthy lifestyle, as well as candid insights into her life.

She also established Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, a mental health awareness program to help those suffering from mental illness find help.

Tatum O’Neal

Tatum O’Neal was born and raised in the spotlight of Hollywood glory as the youngest person to win an Academy Award. Ryan O’Neal, her father, was a well-known actor and boxer. Joanna Moore, her mom, was also a well-known television personality. O’Neal married tennis star John McEnroe and also had a family later in life. All of this, however, was unable to keep the pull of narcotics at bay. She started using it at a young age. She became clean and raised a family, but it wasn’t enough to stop her from succumbing to the drug’s allure. Because of her heroin addiction, she lost child custody.

O’Neal told The New York Times despised the way I felt on the inside. In Hollywood, she had this fantastic outer life. Boys wanted to date her, and little girls wanted to be her. But she was treated like the worst daughter in the history of the world.  All she wanted was to see her mother, but she was nowhere to be found.” So when she met John and things didn’t work out, she felt like she had a hole in her stomach. O’Neal had no idea what to put in it. It was eerily quiet. She continued filling it up with heroin, stopping, and then returning. But she was able to stay clean. She further added that she did 2 years of urine testing and she got her kids back.  In 2008, O’Neal was convicted for buying cocaine in Manhattan.

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