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How do rock stars deal with drug and alcohol abuse?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Rehab/mutual support: If you are not able to finance a stay in rehab, consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Some, not well: Many rock stars have become examples of the worst outcomes in drug and alcohol abuse: death. Alternatively, their sagas show revolutions into and out of rehab systems, and then back again. Chemical dependency is a heartbreaking disease for anyone. For recovery, one needs sober, rock-solid supports -- and chronic exposure to others abusing alcohol/drugs in "the business" makes it much harder.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Part of the culture: Being a star is exciting and a kick in itself. It becomes a norm for rock stars. Like everyone they sometimes seek a new thrill and given their access to drug induced excitement, that is a common pathway. Some can intelligently control this and use it sparingly but some simply succomb and it can ruin their personal lives and careers.

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