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!