Fame is a Dangerous Drug

Looking at the celebrity world, substance (ab)use has been a long standing issue. Many individuals have struggled or are struggling with substance use, while some have had their lives cut short.

All of us, including our children, are exposed to all sorts of negative life circumstances via pop culture and celebrities, which normalizes these actions. From using alcohol, drugs and tobacco, to sexual promiscuity and domestic assault, it’s a long, long list of bad behaviours.

The article Fame is a Dangerous Drug talks about the addiction of being famous and the developmental process a celebrity often goes through:

“Fame and celebrity can closely mirror substance abuse symptomology — and over time, result in actual substance abuse, isolation, mistrust, dysfunctional adaptation to fame, and then, too often, untimely death.”

Do you talk to your children about celebrity behaviours? What do you say?

Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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