Monday, September 24, 2012

Billie Joe, Gaga, and Fiona...OH MY!!!

It's been a rough past few days for several celebrities.  In the past week, Billie Joe Armstrong from the punk group Green Day went off in a tirade, broke his guitar and stormed off stage during a concert.  He is now in rehab.  


Lady Gaga, known for outrageous costumes and catchy pop tunes smoked marijuana in the middle of her concert in Amsterdam.  She is an artist who likes to push people's buttons both musically and in her lifestyle.  Many adore her for her frank nature while others deplore her.  Either way, she makes money and has influence over a generation of new listeners.

Finally, Fiona Apple was busted for possession of hash in Sierra Blanco, Texas.  She was released on $10,000 bond.  Ms. Apple is currently on tour supporting her new album.  Interestingly, one of the lyrics off her new record ominously says, "Every single night's a fight with my brain".  Many addicts have said the same thing about their struggle with substance abuse!

Many will argue that pot is natural and should be made illegal.  Yes, pot is natural.  So are poisonous mushrooms but your mother said not to eat them, correct?!?  Pot is psychologically addictive and a new study points to permanent IQ damage when teens use marijuana.  The evidence is clear that it is not good for you.  Understandably, there are patients who are able to use it under doctor's supervision for some diseases like MS and even for terminal illnesses.  However, that discussion is beyond the scope of this article.  

No one is immune from drug and alcohol abuse.  Three famous celebrities with enough money and power to do a lot of good in this world recently made poor choices due to their struggle with substance abuse.  We don't know for sure to what level these three are having a problem with alcohol and drugs except what has been presented in the news.  In truth, these incidents could be the first of a great tidal wave of bad decisions for all three.  The only way to keep that from happening is for them to take seriously a possible addiction to alcohol and drugs.  The unfortunate fall out is that they are 'hero's' to millions of people and have such a powerful influence by what they say and do!

We bring these headlines to your attention not to make fun or judge these celebrities.  The truth is they are human and have needs, wants, dreams, and goals like the rest of us.  After all, Plato once said, "Be kind to all you meet for everyone is fighting a great battle!"

That being said, we wish Lady Gaga, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Fiona Apple the recovery that they deserve and freedom from the power of addiction and substance abuse.  We hope that they will embrace recovery and influence millions of people to do the same. 

At The Coleman Institute, while we are not rock stars, we do love a good song!   However, our real passion is specializing in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  Help, hope and healing begin here!

- Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

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