Smoking marijuana at 12, cocaine at 13, and in drug rehab shortly after, Barrymore was a classic example of how child stars need protecting.
by Drug Abuse by rehabs.com
Child stars have it rough at times. While they are famous, they have everything, but as they become less popular, they fade away. Children who grow up under the critical (and hypocritical) eye of the media are three times more likely to abuse alcohol than the average young American. Here’s a quick rundown of a number of child stars who suffered from addictions.
1. Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin, star of the Home Alone series, reported became addicted to oxycodone and heroin as well asbenzodiazepines.
He eventually dried out, but it left him with three suspended prison sentences and a $540 fine.
2. Jodie Sweetin
Jodie Sweetin was one of the Full House stars, along with the Olsen twins, but she started using meth because she was bored. She attributes her alcoholism and drug use to the end of the long-running show, which left her with little to do. She is now clean and talks about addiction and recovery.
3. Todd Bridges
Todd Bridges has had many roles, but he was a child actor in the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and, most famously, Diff’rent Strokes. Bridges struggled with crack cocaine addiction, and he was even arrested for the murder of a crack dealer, although a witness later testified at trial that Bridges was nowhere near the scene. Bridges is now clean.
4. Dana Plato
Dana Plato was a fellow child actor on Diff’rent Strokes, and she suffered similar issues. The roles that she obtained after the sitcom became fewer and fewer, and she spiraled into painkiller addiction.
In a desperate attempt to revive her career and to make herself relevant to a dwindling fan base (but most importantly… to make money), Dana Plato made several goes in softcore pornography movies, namely Prime Suspect in 1998 and Compelling Evidence in 1995 in which she appeared partially nude. But the actress’s most lascivious appearance was in 1997’s X-rated Different Strokes: The Story of Jack and Jill…and Jill in which she played a lesbian.
The Diff’rent Strokes actress would see her career continue to spiral downward however with an appearance in only one more film, and following the birth of her child, she got breast implants and did a photo session in June of 1989 with Playboy Magazine.
She died of an overdose at the age of thirty-four.
5. Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman has been in the public eye since the age of three. He starred in the Goonies and Stand By Me, gaining him widespread public recognition. He was apparently abused as a kid and worked to avoid the abuse. However, at the age of twenty, he was arrested for heroin addiction. He got finally got completely clean ten years later.
6. Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment is best known for his role in Sixth Sense, and he also played the young Forrest Gump. Unfortunately he ended up being arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana after flipping his car near LA. He ended up with a fractured rib and a resolve to get clean.
7. Amanda Bynes
Despite denouncing alcohol in 2007, Amanda Bynes has been repeatedly in trouble with the law with DUI-related incidents. The star of Hairspray, Love Wrecked, and Easy A now has a suspended license and has reached a settlement with those she injured.
It remains to be seen whether she’ll carry on with this wild-child path.
8. John Connor
The curse of John Connor strikes, with Edward Furlong being arrested repeatedly for substance abuse. Despite an initially promising career, his drug abuse has dominated his life, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll get clean.
9. Britney Spears
This list would not be complete without Britney Spears. She actually started her acting career with the Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 10, but she has hit the headlines several times thanks to her erratic behavior and prescription drug addiction problems.
That said, she seems to be getting it back together now, so we’ll look forward to her return to the pop scene.
10. Jaimee Foxworth
Jaimee Foxworth went from doing Family Matters to porn, so it’s perhaps unsurprising she chose to rebel in other ways.
She ended up taking prescription painkillers and mixing them with alcohol after the show ended. She was a fan of marijuana, although she now states that she is clean.
11. Tatum O’Neal
Tatum O’Neal is the youngest actor ever to win an Oscar, and that was for her role in Paper Moon.
While she had a good career, she was arrested in 2008 for buying crack cocaine.
She completed a drug addiction program as a result of the subsequent trial.
12. Melanie Griffith
A friend of Tatum O’Neal, Melanie Griffith started acting at the age of nine months, and by the age of seventeen, she had starred in a number of films that involved nudity.
She had issues with cocaine, hash, opium, and alcohol throughout her career up until she checked into an addiction center in 1988.
Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson
At age 18, Griffith began dating Don Johnson, her mother’s 22-year-old co-star in The Harrad Experiment. The relationship culminated in a six-month marriage from January to July 1976 before they divorced. In May 1982,
Melanie with ex husband Steven Bauer
Griffith married Steven Bauer, her co-star from the TV film She’s in the Army Now. They have a son, Alexander Bauer, born on August 22, 1985. The couple divorced in 1987. Griffith later admitted to having problems with cocaine and liquor after her divorce from Bauer. “What I did was drink myself to sleep at night,” she said. “If I wasn’t with someone, I was an unhappy girl.”
In 1988, after completing rehabilitation Griffith renewed her relationship with Johnson. They remarried in June 1989. Their daughter, Dakota Johnson, was born on October 4, 1989. They separated in March 1994, reconciled later that year, but separated again
Griffith with Antonio Banderas at the Shrek Forever After premiere (2010)
Griffith had fallen in love with Antonio Banderas, her married co-star from Two Much. After their respective divorces were finalized, Griffith and Banderas married on May 14, 1996. They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, born on September 24, 1996.
In June 2014, Griffith and Banderas released a statement announcing their intention to divorce “in a loving and friendly manner”. According to the petition filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple had “irreconcilable differences” that led to the divorce
In 2000, Griffith returned to rehab for treatment of a painkiller addiction
She would return to a clinic in 2000 after getting a painkiller addiction.
13. Lindsay Lohan
Who could forget Lindsay Lohan, the current favorite wild child of the press. Hardly a week goes by without someone mentioning her and her partying ways, although this appears to be tapering off at last.
She’s finally seeing a little sense and starting to clean up her act,
but she still has a way to go.She did a playboy shoot
14. Drew Barrymore
A lot of people forget that Drew Barrymore starred in E.T., and her fame came at a price.
Smoking marijuana at twelve, cocaine at thirteen, and in drug rehab shortly after, Barrymore was a classic example of how child stars need protecting. She cleaned up her act and soon became a successful actress and producer.
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