Are Child Stars More at Risk for Drug & Alcohol Addiction in the Future?

There have been many movies and television shows that created huge child stars. Sometimes their stardom is due to their actual acting and singing talent. But a lot of the time it is due to their cuteness and likability. However, we have seen many of these stars grow up and struggle with drugs and alcohol. There have been far too many child stars dying tragic deaths due to substance abuse and more. But is this an exaggerated problem created by the media? Are child stars more likely to succumb to drug or alcohol addiction in the future? 

However, we seem to hear more about the child stars turned troubled adults in the media. That includes Amanda Bynes who was reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold before going to rehab. Then there’s Lindsay Lohan who tanked a once viable career and admitted to being addicted to cocaine and Adderall to Oprah!

The public struggle with addiction seems to be common and is often picked apart in the media. However, what do these breakdowns have in common? A lot of these child stars have had very emotionally devastating experiences when growing up. Dina Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, alleged that her father Michael was very abusive towards her. If you asked Dina she would say his actions are what led to Lindsay’s addiction.

Today’s teen stars are more forthcoming and open about their personal struggles such as Olympic Swimmer Micheal Phelps, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lavato have publically received so much support from their fans and the public, and careers remained a huge success! We may understand addiction more in the new millennium as more Americans have been effected especially as the Opioid Epidemic swept across America like a hurricane! 

Then there are child stars like Corey Haim and Corey Feldman who came forward to say they were sexually abused by people in the movie industry. Haim eventually died in 2010 from pulmonary congestion after years of drug abuse. Feldman told The Hollywood two teen actors who make it big in the Eighties, complete with fire-hazard hair, drugs, groupies and pastel blazers. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman first paired up in the 1986 vampire classic The Lost Boys, and became inseparable BFFs, only to crash hard. In other words, it’s a story made to order for a lurid low-budget Lifetime biopic, with a cast full of unknowns.

The two actors, who worked together on “The Lost Boys” and appeared in other films together, most recently reunited on the “The Two Coreys, reality series in which Haim moved into a house with Feldman and his wife, Susie.

Haim spoke often about his problems with drugs, which reportedly included a drug-induced stroke some years ago and numerous attempts at rehabilitation.

While working on “The Lost Boys,” he said in a 2004 interview with Britain’s The Sun, he smoked his first joint.

“I lived in L.A. in the ’80s, which was not the best place to be,” he said. “I did cocaine for about a year and a half, then it led to crack.”

Corey Haim and Corey Feldman revered by most GenXers but this friendship was quite toxic and the shocking passing of Corey Haim on March 10, 2010.

 Feldman had a new band and then jumped in the #MeToo Movement with his shocking allegations about child molestation in Hollywood for decades that was ignored, and led to but he and Haim’s addictions later in life! 

Corey Feldman stated clearly his 12-year-old daughter will not be in show business! 

Ron Howard was from the generation prior and he is probably one of the most successful child stars to date!  You’ve got to think about this before you or allow your child under 18 years of age to be in the entertainment business and never leave them to swim with sharks unless you or a trusted part of your family or inner circle!  If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction  Contact The Palms Recovery be treated with respect and confidentiality! 

Prescription Drug Addiction Program

What is Prescription Drug Abuse?

Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused—that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. This occurs when a doctor prescribes a potentially addictive drug and the patient grows dependent upon it. In some cases, patients find that the original dosage simply no longer works, and steadily up their dose, creating tolerance that ultimately leads to dependency.

Prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high in America. Here are certain signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for in order to recognize. These medications might be necessary for short or long term use in some cases. However, the sad truth “ANYONE” can go from taking a prescription as directed…but become an addict!

Here’s a list of side effects and possible danger to your health over an extended period of time:

  • Nausea
  • Feeling high
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination
  • Increased pain with higher doses
  • Slurred speech
  • Unsteady walking
  • Agitation
  • Problems with memory
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High body temperature

How Are Prescription Drugs Abused?

Prescription and OTC drugs may be abused in one or more of the following ways:
Taking a medication that has been prescribed for somebody else. Unaware of the dangers of sharing medications, people often unknowingly contribute to this form of abuse by sharing their unused pain relievers with their family members.

These are some of the common signs when your prescription drug becomes an addiction:

  • Stealing, forging, or selling prescription drugs
  • Taking higher doses than prescribed
  • Excessive mood swings or hostility
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Poor decision-making
  • Appearing to be high, usually energetic or revved up, or sedated
  • Continually losing all  prescriptions so more prescriptions must be written
  • Seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor/doctor shopping

What Are the Other Health Effects of Prescription and OTC Drugs?

Opioids can produce drowsiness, cause constipation, and—depending upon the amount taken—depress breathing. The latter effect makes opioids particularly dangerous, especially when they are snorted or injected or combined with other drugs or alcohol.

Abusing prescription medication can take an extreme toll on your body. You can severely damage your lungs since the opiates and similar drugs can suppress the body’s ability to breathe. A medical research found that opiate abuse is associated with a greater risk of pneumonia.

Your stomach and intestines can also be affected by prescription drug abuse. According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, a narcotics abuser can suffer from something called narcotic bowel syndrome. This is the result of the slowing down of the bowel function. The symptoms of this syndrome include nausea, bloating, vomiting, abdominal distention, and constipation.

COMMONLY MISUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

DEPRESSANTS
Substances: Category & NamePharmaceutical Names
BARBITURATESAmytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital
BENZODIAZEPINESAtivan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin
SLEEP MEDICATIONSAmbien (zolpidem), Sonata (zaleplon), Lunesta (eszopiclone)

Acute Effects: Sedation/drowsiness, reduced anxiety, feelings of well-being, lowered inhibitions, slurred speech, poor concentration, confusion, dizziness, impaired coordination, and memory
For barbiturates – euphoria, unusual excitement, fever, irritability

Health Risks: Slowed pulse, lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing, tolerance, withdrawal, addiction; increased risk of respiratory distress and death when combined with alcohol
For barbiturates – life-threatening withdrawal in chronic users

OPIOIDS & MORPHINE DERIVATIVES
Substances: Category & NamePharmaceutical Names
CODEINEEmpirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine
MORPHINERoxanol, Duramorph
METHADONEMethadose, Dolophine
FENTANYL & ANALOGSActiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze
OTHER OPIOID PAIN RELIEVERS (OXYCODONE HCL, HYDROCODONE BITARTRATE, HYDROMORPHONE, OXYMORPHONE, MEPERIDINE, PROPOXYPHENE)Tylox, Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet,   Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet,  Dilaudid, Numorphan, Numorphone, Darvon, Darvocet

Acute Effects: Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness, sedation, weakness, dizziness, nausea, impaired coordination, confusion, dry mouth, itching, sweating, clammy skin, constipation
For fentanyl – 80–100 times more potent analgesic than morphine
For oxycodone – muscle relaxation, twice as potent analgesic as morphine
For codeine – less analgesia, sedation, and respiratory depression than morphine
For methadone – used to treat opioid addiction and pain; significant overdose risk when used improperly

Health Risks: Slowed or arrested breathing, lowered pulse and blood pressure, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness, coma, death; risk of death increased when combined with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants
For oxycodone – high potential for misuse

STIMULANTS
Substances: Category & NameExamples of Commercial & Street Names
AMPHETAMINESBiphetamine, Dexedrine, Adderall
METHYLPHENIDATEConcerta, Ritalin

Acute Effects: Feelings of exhilaration, increased energy, mental alertness
For amphetamines – rapid breathing, tremor, loss of coordination, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness

Health Risks: Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism, reduced appetite, weight loss, nervousness, insomnia, seizures, heart attack, stroke
For amphetamines – delirium, panic, paranoia, hallucinations, impulsive behavior, aggressiveness, tolerance, addiction
For methylphenidate – increase or decrease in blood pressure, digestive problems, loss of appetite, weight loss