Gender gap widens among marijuana users, suggests study

Gender gap widens among marijuana users, suggests study

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. In recent years, attitudes towards marijuana use have become increasingly permissive, with growing discussions around legalizing it in several states in the U.S. Read more

5 Hollywood actresses high on heroin

5 Hollywood actresses high on heroin

Drug addiction is a grave mental disorder characterized by long-lasting changes in the brain that are difficult to treat. Anyone can get addicted to drugs. Even celebrities and high-profile individuals are not immune to this devastating habit.

Sometimes, it becomes difficult for the celebrities and pre-eminent persons, who are constantly in the limelight, to maintain an aura of perfection or to handle the success, and as a consequence, they may resort to drugs or alcohol to muddle through the overwhelming physical and emotional pressures. Thus, once addicted, they continue to abuse drugs or alcohol, regardless of the serious negative repercussions.

Heroin addiction more popular among Hollywood celebrities

Heroin is a stimulant that gives the feeling of euphoria. Though it can be used for certain health conditions, its use as a recreational drug is illegal in the United States. But when it comes to the Hollywood industry, heroin addiction is a common occurrence, with its use widespread among the film and music fraternity.

The life of celebrities, particularly the heroines, is always under the spotlight and the news of their addiction often spreads rapidly like wild fire. Many Hollywood celebrities believe that heroin helps them escape from reality, increases their work productivity and gives a boost to their performance.

Here are the five most popular Hollywood actresses addicted to heroin:

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, one of the most popular American actresses, filmmaker and humanitarian, never concealed her drug addiction in her earlier days. In fact, she had admitted in a TV Show in 2011 that she had consumed every drug possible, be it cocaine, ecstasy, LSD or heroin, with the last being her favorite. She had often tried to commit suicide, at times, attempting to cut herself with knives and blades, in an effort to surmount her depression and emptiness.

She said in an interview that she had been able to overcome her addictions after she became the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie, a Hollywood actress, a reality star and a fashion designer, had numerous addictions in her past. Her addiction to heroin, cocaine and marijuana even landed her in jail several times, as well as resulted in five car accidents. She has attributed her drug use as a response to her boredom. She entered rehab for both heroin as well as cocaine addiction and was able to bring her life back on track.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love, an American musician, actress and visual artist, was hooked on to heroin at the age of 16. She even tried to attempt suicide in 2005 and also suffered a relapse.

Tatum O’Neal

Tatum O’Neal, an American actress and author, had a life full of hardships. She got addicted to heroin after her divorce with her husband. In her memoir titled “Found,” the actress revealed that she started craving for heroin in order to forget the past memories. However, in the absence of the drug, she experienced bouts of depression and anger.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan, an American actress, model, singer, songwriter, director and producer,  won accolades for her role in the movie “Mean Girls.” Though she previously opened up about her addiction to Adderall, alcohol and cocaine in a popular TV show, she was once caught on camera, apparently, injecting heroin into her arm.

Recovering from drug addiction

Any kind of addiction, if left unrecognized, may aggravate with time. So, it is necessary to take proper measures to address the problem at the earliest.

If you or a loved one is addicted to any kind of drugs, it’s time to reach out for professional help. Contact the California Drug Addiction Helpline to begin the path to sobriety and find the best drug rehabilitation centers in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-1946 or chat online to learn about the best rehab treatment centers in California.

National Recovery Month: Celebrities, drug addiction and rehab

National Recovery Month: Celebrities, drug addiction and rehab

Addiction is a chronic disease and it can happen to anybody irrespective of class, gender, society, culture, religion or region. Hence, a large number of people across the world are grappling with addiction. According to a study conducted by the Columbia University, nearly 40 million Americans aged 12 years and older are living with addiction, be it to nicotine, alcohol or various prescription as well as illegal drugs. Read more

Can substance abuse lead to domestic violence?

Can substance abuse lead to domestic violence?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,774,000 women in the U.S. alone experience physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner every year. While there are many reasons why violence occurs, it may often be accompanied by drug or alcohol use. Read more