Addiction, Celebrity and Ordinary People
Published on February 23, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at The Fix, a website about addiction and recovery, Maer Roshan has an interesting piece about the media's intense focus on celebrities with substance abuse problems, such as Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, and how the press seldom addresses the underlying causes of addiction.

Maer writes, "But substantive stories about alcoholism and drug addiction remain largely outside the media purview—focused on the tribulations of A and C-list celebrities, they're often ghettoized in gossip sites and channels like VH1. For all the daily hand wringing about celebrity overdoses and DUIs, there is precious little real reporting on the growing scientific understanding of the disease, the tragic lack of access to treatment or insurance coverage, or even the growing number of promising drugs that have begun to make real progress against this condition."

The whole piece provides a thought-provoking take on addiction, celebrity and the media, and you can find it here.

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