Those who have no first-hand experience of addiction often know very little about the illness. All they know is what they see on TV or in the movies. They may have read negative stories about desperate things that others have done while under the influence of addiction and as such will have a negative view of what addiction is and of the people who are affected by it. However, it is very important to be aware that this is an illness that can affect anybody. Any person that uses substances such as alcohol or drugs can develop an addiction. Those who are affected will need addiction treatment to recover, and most people will this illness will require professional help to kick their habit.
Fame and Addiction
There is a close link between fame and addiction, and this is often due to the fact that those who live their life in the public eye are under immense pressure. Many stars have been affected by both drug and alcohol addiction while many more are secretly hiding their illness from their fans.
In the past year alone, two of pop’s biggest names have died, and their deaths have been linked to drug abuse and accidental overdoses. Both Prince and George Michael are said to have struggled with addiction for much of their careers before both died prematurely.
Another famous name who is now speaking out about his struggles with addiction is Boy George, who shared his life story with Piers Morgan on his ITV show.
Former Culture Club frontman Boy George admitted that he had been under the grip of addiction when he falsely imprisoned escort Audun Carlsen in 2009. He said he had been having a psychotic episode at the time. The result of his desperate actions meant that he was sentenced to fifteen months behind bars. Nevertheless, after just four months, the star was given early release.
During the interview with Piers, Boy George said that his decision to not give evidence during the trial was one he took so that he could accept the consequences of what he had done. He said, “One of the things that people don’t know is that I was prosecuted on my own evidence. I sent myself to prison. I told the police that I did what I did… in hindsight, I was having a psychotic episode. I was a drug addict; I wasn’t sane.”
He admits that doing this was the right thing to do and added that he was ‘truly ashamed’ of his actions.
As with many addicts, Boy George was concerned about how his addiction was affecting his family. He said that the thoughts of his family reading about him in newspapers and magazines worried him. He added, “They were really worried about me, and I was really worried about them. You end up worrying about other people more than yourself, and actually, when I was in prison a lot of my friends blew me away. Stephen Fry wrote to me; it was very humbling.”
Boy George also spoke about how he descended into a spiral of drug addiction after his split from ex-lover Jon Moss, who he had been with for four years. When asked by Piers about whether his drug addiction had meant he was close to death, he replied, “I can’t answer that question. I was so in it that I couldn’t have known, I didn’t know I was an addict.”
Fortunately, Boy George managed to get addiction treatment, admitting that Sir Richard Branson was instrumental in helping with his recovery. He said, “Richard really tried to help me, and I’ll always thank him for that. It was very sweet of him; he took me away from the glare of publicity… Richard gave me a safe haven at his house, and that enabled me to try and get better. I didn’t realise at the time how long a journey it was going to be.”
Overcoming addiction is a difficult task, but as in the case of Boy George, it is entirely possible with the right help and support. It is important to remember that if you or someone you love is affected, addiction treatment is available.
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Source: Boy George thanks Richard Branson for helping his recovery from drug addiction and opens up on time in prison on Life Stories (OK!)