What Claimed the Life of Cranberries Singer Dolores O’Riordan??

DISCLAIMER: The cause of death of Dolores O’Riordan has not been released. This article’s purpose is to educate about mental health and substance abuse risks. It has not been confirmed that O’Riordan used any illicit drugs or died by suicide at this time. On January 15, Cranberries singer, Dolores O’Riordan, was found dead in a London hotel room. She was only 46. With O’Riordan out front, the Cranberries achieved worldwide fame and sold millions of albums. Despite the public success, however, O’Riordan privately struggled with trauma, physical pain, substance abuse, personal setbacks, and mental health [...]

The Death of Avicii: What it Teaches Us about Substance Abuse, Depression, and Suicide

On April 20, 2018, Avicii – the internationally-famous DJ who was among the most successful in the world – took his own life while working in Muscat, Oman. Reportedly, he used broken glass from a wine bottle to cut himself, self-inflicting the wounds that killed him. He was only 28 years old. If the reports are true, this makes the circumstances of his suicide tragically apropos. For years, Avicii had struggled mightily with excessive problematic drinking. In fact, he suffered from a number of alcohol-related health problems that may have contributed to his desperate [...]

Star Treatment: The Senseless Overdose Deaths of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Tom Petty

“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.” ~ Wife Dana and daughter Andria Petty, on Tom Petty’s official website On October 2, 2017, music legend Tom Petty passed away after earlier being found unconscious and unresponsive in his Malibu home. The original cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. Petty was 66 years old. In a more-than-40-year, career, and his bands [...]

What Weinstein, Spacey, and Celebrity Scandals Teach Us About Sexual Addiction

It looks like Harvey Weinstein was just the tip of a very sordid iceberg. Almost every day, we read and hear about yet another incident or another famous person accused of sexual behaviors unthinkable by most of us. Dozens of celebrities are being identified as alleged – and in some cases, admitted – sexual assailants and harassers, including: Harvey Weinstein, film executive Kevin Spacey, actor Louis C.K., comedian Bill Cosby, actor Steven Seagal, actor Danny Masterson, actor Brett Ratner, director Jeremy Piven, actor James Toback, director Ed Westwick, actor Bill O’Reilly, political commentator Andrew [...]

Demi Lovato on Staying Sober

It’s no secret that Demi Lovato has had her struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol over the years. Since being thrust into the spotlight on Barney and Friends at the young age of ten, Demi has had a camera in her face most of her life. The camera can be a star’s best friend, but it can often be her worst enemy as well. Demi recently released her second, most powerful, personal documentary on YouTube. In the aptly titled “Simply Complicated,” Demi immediately reveals candidly her personal struggles and whirlwind romance with alcohol [...]

Wrestling Legend Ric Flair Opens Up About Alcoholism

Recently, Pro Wrestling legend Ric Flair experienced a severe health emergency. But what you may not know is his problems were caused by years of heavy drinking. Now recovering, the 68-year-old “Nature Boy” is talking about his past boozing, saying, “I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.” Let’s take a look at Ric Flair’s self-admitted drinking habits and see how they might relate to anyone. Binge-Drinking: “It Was Just a Way of Life” “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the [...]

Checking in on Aaron Carter and His Journey Toward Healing

Aaron Carter has been in the public eye almost his entire life. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the pressure of fame and his stressful music career has made him turn to drugs in an effort to cope. The musician and former child star has made the headlines a few times this year, including once when he was arrested for driving under the influence and for marijuana possession. More recently, it was revealed that Aaron Carter will be spending three months in drug rehab to focus on his personal health - both physical [...]

Sublime: How Addiction Devastated The Band’s Rising Stars

It’s no great secret that drugs and rock and roll often go hand in hand. There are exceptions, of course, but many rock and roll stars end up succumbing to the disastrous effects of hard drugs at some point. Nothing paints the picture of addiction in rock stars like the story of how addiction devastated the rising stars of Sublime, one of the most popular rock acts of the mid-1990s. "It was sex, drugs and rock and roll," friend Mike Tracy says in the clip, detailing the band's downfall. "Then it was drugs and [...]

Russell Brand – Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions

In his latest book, Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, comedian-activist-author-ex-junkie Russell Brand talks about addiction and recovery as only he can. Using his unique perspective from both ends – from 12 drug-related arrests to 14 years-and-counting of sobriety – as well as his inimitable verbal style, Brand tells a story that is somehow both unflinchingly personal and instantly relatable to addicts and alcoholics everywhere. A Different Kind of Celebrity Tell-All “This manual for self-realization comes not from a mountain but from the mud...My qualification is not that I am better [...]

Lamar Odom: Learning from his Addiction Struggles and Relapsing in the Public Eye

The truth is, Lamar Odom’s journey is so familiar to the rest of us. As the NBA star highlights in his own confessional letter, there was little difference between him and any other drug addict in the United States. “At that point in my life, I was doing coke every day. Pretty much every second of free time that I had, I was doing coke. I couldn’t control it. I didn’t want to control it.” ~ Lamar Odom The difference – for better or for worse – is that Lamar Odom went through his [...]

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