There is a section every week in Us Magazine entitled Stars: They're Just Like Us which shows photographs of high profile celebrities participating in the mundane, unglamorous and boring activities of everyday life. The point, it seems, is to show us that celebrities are human too. I have to say, I do get a kick out of seeing an A-list movie star carrying laundry to a Laundromat, but you have to wonder how many of these pictures are the exception to the rule.
This morning we did a spot on one of the newer trends to hit the public eye: celebrities enrolling in fancy rehab centers for anything from drug and alcohol addiction to eating disorders. Some of these centers cost as much as $40,000 a month for treatment, and come with amenities nicer than many five star hotels. The goal of the luxurious surroundings is to coax the celebrities that need help to take the most challenging first step: checking in.
We had Dr. Keith Ablow, psychiatrist, and Janice Min, Editor-in-Chief of Us Magazine on live to discuss this phenomenon, and it was interesting to hear them discuss both the pros and cons of rehabilitation centers moving into the limelight of celebrity gossip. One of the biggest pros, is that having high profile celebs in rehab brings the topic of drug abuse and addiction into our everyday lives, and validates the severity of these addictions and behaviors to the public.
On the flip side, these centers also glamorize the harsh reality of conquering addiction, which inevitably involves some degree of pain and struggle. There is concern that having some of the younger stars that are role models for young people checking in and out and back into rehab centers publicly makes light of the business of quitting substance abuse. Both Dr. Keith and Janice agreed that rehabilitation is an ongoing process. Dr. Keith closed the segment with the advice for addicts to, "Look for something that hurts a little bit," because, in the end, the struggle will help you conquer your addiction.