The Celebrity Therapist

 This gentleman just can’t seem to get a break from the
press, but the question remains, should he? Charlie Sheen has been in the press
for decades with his drug and alcohol use. His fondness for women who are in the
oldest profession has also made the headlines. Most recently, Charlie has
allegedly spent $26,000 for companionship while allegedly high on drugs. The
latest news, rushed to the hospital. His behavior is a true portrait of the
disease of addiction.


The disease of addiction can spin out of control before we
know it and when one is in the public eye for over 20 years, coming from a
famous family, having one’s disease displayed in the headlines can make
recovery difficult. Individuals who have chosen acting, as a profession must
realize that should success be found, they may sacrifice anonymity. If they use
while on the job, it will be extremely difficult for them to return to work
without facing constant triggers.


When faced with triggers, the recovering addict must change
their mindset. The disease of addiction begins in the mind, it is rooted in
attempting to escape from a variety of fears that the addict may have. When an
addict in recovery recognizes the trigger, acknowledges the trigger and changes
the energy from negative to positive they can face their fear head on and
realize that this feeling will pass. Should the addict give in to their fear
they run a high risk of relapse.


People in recovery that have the profession of being in the
spotlights are under constant scrutiny and this can only increase their chances
of relapse. Every individual, that is fighting the battle of addiction, needs
to stay grounded, developing a solid foundation that is made of truth, honesty
and the desire to become healthy. Regardless if these addicts are in the
spotlight, such as Charlie Sheen, or have opted to have a profession that isn’t
in the limelight, having a secure foundation is absolutely necessary to have a
solid recovery.

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Life and Recovery Coach on Celebrity Rehab on VH1 with Dr. Drew and in private practice.  She is also the author of “The Law of Sobriety: Attracting Positive Energy for a Powerful Recovery”.  Contact Sherry at to learn more about her upcoming teleseminars, workshops, speaking engagements, and coaching packages.

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