Christina Aguilera and Charlie Sheen are the latest celebrities with drug and alcohol issues. But a leading addiction expert says their fame is one of the reasons that their addiction issues have reached a crisis point?
Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend Matthew Rutler were arrested early Tuesday morning. The couple was pulled over by the cops because their car was driving erratically. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that Charlie Sheen is on a one man media blitz, giving bizarre interviews to anyone who will listen.
Addiction expert Dr. Jeffery Huttman of Challenges Addiction Treatment Center says that celebrities are often protected by those around them from experiencing the consequences of their addiction.According to Dr. Huttman, “The consequences of addiction usually get worse over time. Addiction is a progressive disease. It’s never easy to quit. People usually stop using when they’ve suffered enough negative consequences. Famous people are often shielded from the realities of their addiction because the consequences are slower to hit home. Stardom and riches also tend to correlate with feelings of invincibility. When you’ve suffered enough pain and enough regret you’ll be ready to stop.”
Christina Aguilera was arrested for public intoxication but Matthew was charged with driving under the influence. Christina was released after she sobered up a bit, but Matthew Rutler was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Tuesday in West Hollywood, authorities said.
After the last few days, it’s clear that Charlie Sheen has issues beyond his addiction problems and is having problems separating reality from fantasy.