Bam, Demi and Ben: Erasing the Stigma of Addiction

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Because of stigma and misconceptions about drug and alcohol addiction, it continues to be a controversial topic, one that rarely makes headlines in the news. In the past few weeks, several celebrities have helped to break the stigma by opening up about addiction, spreading positive messages about recovery and sobriety.

Read about how professional skateboarder Bam Margera, actor Ben Affleck and actress-singer Demi Lovato have dealt with their addiction struggles.

Bam’s Story

Bam Margera had a quick upbringing into fame, and was plunged into a “rock star” lifestyle, including lots of partying and drugs. He says that he never had any pill problems and had never tried heroin in his life. However, alcohol was difficult for him to refrain from. After losing his best friend, Ryan Dunn, he found himself spiraling into an alcohol addiction problem that he would struggle with for years.

One of his major concerns was that skateboarding and alcohol didn’t mix. He knew that this would be a problem for him both physically and mentally. Recently, the “Jackass” star opened up about his alcohol problem in an episode of “Family Therapy” and revealed that his focus is back on skateboarding.

When asked how he managed to stay sober, Margera replied, “It’s been a real struggle for me to stay off the alcohol. But just as long as you’re surrounded by good people and you have something to do, you’ll be good”.

His new wife, Nikki Boyd, is pregnant with his child and his life appears to be back on a positive track.

Affleck’s Addiction

Ben Affleck’s recovery story begins with his children. His ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, threatened that he must submit to drug testing or not be allowed to see his children. He announced on Facebook that he had gone to rehab in order to be “the best father I can be.”

Alcoholism was exposed to him since he was a child as he witnessed his father’s drinking problem firsthand. Although he saw his father drink every day growing up, he also saw his father quit drinking and become sober for several decades.

In Ben’s Facebook post, he wrote, “I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”

With the support from family and friends, Affleck says he is committed to staying sober and living life to the fullest.

Demi’s Struggles

You might have seen Demi Lovato’s popular documentary, “Simply Complicated,” in which she talks about her drug addiction and eating disorder. She admits that she had struggled with her self-image since she was 12 years old. By the time she was 17, she was working with the Disney Channel, and had tried cocaine for the first time.

Before she knew it, she was struggling with a full-blown cocaine addiction. Many people tried to help her, but she didn’t stop until she had no other choice. Her management threatened to drop her. At this point, she was at risk of losing her career. She didn’t have the heart to let down all of her fans.

Today, Lovato celebrates nearly six years of sobriety and isn’t afraid to share her story with the world.

How Their Stories Help Us

Celebrity addiction stories help to break the stigma and prove that addiction can affect anybody. The public can learn valuable from celebrities and everyday individuals who speak up on the topic.

Together, we can conquer addiction and empower each other by sharing our own stories. Take part in the Fight Addiction Now community today.

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