Over the past year alone, nearly 15% of the adult population in Nigeria (around 14.3 million people) reported a “considerable level” of use of psychoactive drug substances—it’s a rate much higher than the 2016 global average of 5.6% among adults, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Although terrifying, addiction is very common in society as people become addicted to drugs and alcohol for a variety of reasons claiming everything from tragic childhoods and unhealthy relationships to high-pressure careers and bad habits as the cause.
While celebrities are often celebrated and highly revered by their fans, it is easy to say that these people are a projection of who their followers are. In this article, we will be taking a look at Celebrity who got ruined by drugs
Born in New York in 1970, Earl Simmons is better known by his stage name DMX after launching his career as a beatboxer in 1988.
Recording his first demos and releasing his first singles a few years later, DMX stormed onto the scene by 1999 with the release of his solo album And Then There Was X featuring the hit single “Party Up (Up In Here).” Since then, he has expanded his talents as an actor with films like Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds and Cradle 2 the Grave.
Late DMX had a long list of problems that stemmed from his lifelong drug habit. With his first noted run-ins with the law occurring in 1998, DMXspent the last 17 years of his life in and out of jail for crimes including everything from reckless driving and assault to drug possession and animal cruelty. Incarcerated three times in 2010 and arrested four more times in 2013, DMX has obviously not learned his lesson because, as of December 2015, a warrant was out for his arrest after being sentenced to six months in jail for failure to pay child support. With 12 children, let’s hope they have a better role model than DMX.
2. Dennis Rodman
The NBA’s favorite bad boy complete with wild hair colors, tattoos and body piercings, Dennis “The Worm” Rodman made a name for himself on the court as one of the best rebounding forwards in NBA history.
Playing for teams like the Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers and Mavericks, Rodman’s defensive abilities led him to five NBA Championships, seven All-Defensive First Team honors and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards.
Retiring from basketball in 2006, Rodman’s drug and alcohol addiction were publicized after he entered rehab in May 2008.
A year later, his problems escalated even further on national television when family and friends staged an intervention as he filmed Celebrity Apprentice. Finally agreeing to work with Dr. Drew on Celebrity Rehab, Rodman’s path to sobriety was short-lived. By January 2014, Rodman entered rehab once again after a highly publicized trip to North Korea during which his agent confirmed he had been drinking more than ever before.
3. Lisa Robin Kelly
Making her acting debut in a 1992 episode of Married…with Children, Lisa Robin Kelly landed small roles in television shows like Charmed and Silk Stalkings before finally catching her big break in 1998.
Cast as Eric’s older sister, Laurie Forman, on That 70’s Show, Kelly spent nearly three seasons on the series before her character was abruptly written out of the cast. Returning in the fifth season for four episodes, Kelly was later replaced by Christina Moore as a result of a drinking problem she couldn’t overcome.
Losing out on the role of her career, Kelly disappeared from the spotlight completely until 2010 when she was arrested for driving under the influence. Sentenced to 12 months of probation, Kelly continued to have legal troubles and was even charged with a felony assault in 2012. Just a year later, Kelly faced a second assault charge as well as a DUI. Months later on August 14, 2013 at only 43 years old, Kelly’s life came to a tragic end when she died in her sleep from an overdose while at a California rehab facility.
4. Macaulay Culkin
“Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” Ranked second on VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars of All Time only behind Shirley Temple, Macaulay Culkin flexed his acting muscle when he was nine years old opposite John Candy in the 1989 film Uncle Buck.
From there, he became the go-to child actor of the 1990s and was cast in hits like My Girl, The Good Son, Richie Rich and fan favorites like Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
By 2004, Culkin’s childhood appeal had long worn off as the then 24-year-old star had gone years without landing a leading role in a hit film.
The same year, however, he finally made headlines only this time at the expense of his stardom. Picked up by Oklahoma City police with marijuana, Alprazolam and Clonazepam, Culkin was charged with misdemeanors and pled guilty receiving three one-year suspended prison sentences and over $6,000 in fines. While he seems to be clean these days with his most recent television appearance in 2015 on The Jim Gaffigan Show, this former Hollywood golden boy still remains a mystery.
5. Amanda Bynes
What is it about former child stars and addiction? Giving Nickelodeon much of the credit for her early fame, Amanda Bynes became a household name after starring on the variety show All That.
Earning her own show on the network called The Amanda Show, Bynes blossomed as an actress after starring in the hit WB series What I Like About You from 2002 until 2006. With a handful of films including She’s the Man and Easy A, Bynes has since called it quits in Hollywood.
Giving the impression as one of the few former child stars who still had her head on straight, Bynes surprised the world with legal troubles that caused her to spiral out of control. Arrested for driving under the influence in 2012 and for two alleged hit and runs, Bynes spent 2013 facing criminal charges for possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence after attempting to throw her bong out the window. Adding in a handful of other drug-related charges and reckless behavior and this former child star has definitely fallen off the deep end.
6. Whitney Houston
“And I will always love you…” Another trendsetter on the list, Whitney Houston is the most awarded female artist of all time known for her killer vocals in hits like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Greatest Love of All.” With over 200 million albums sold worldwide and seven consecutive Billboard Hot 100 hits, Houston is one of the highest selling musicians in history making her talent a true legacy.
On a downward spiral thanks in part to her relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown (stay tuned for more later on the list!), by the new millennium Houston had lost much of her sparkle as she appeared thin and strung out at many public events. While Houston first claimed it was stress from work and her lifestyle, by 2002 she admitted that she had been using a number of drugs including cocaine. Continuing to deny ever using crack cocaine, Houston never managed to get clean. On February 11, 2012, she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel as a result of heart disease and cocaine use.
7. Pamela Anderson
With a beer t-shirt, Jumbo Tron and a Canadian Football League game to thank for the launch of her modeling career, Pamela Anderson was only 23 years old when she first appeared in Playboy.
Spending over 22 years gracing the magazine’s covers and feature stories, Anderson went on to star in Baywatch only to make even bigger headlines after very public relationships with notorious bad boys like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, singer Kid Rock and poker player Rick Salomon.
While fans were long accustomed to Anderson’s ever-growing bust size, her appearance took a different turn in the early 2000s leaving many to assume she was using drugs. Admitting in 2014 that she had been addicted to cocaine and alcohol, Anderson said she often did it to numb the tragic memories of her childhood. Finally entering rehab to get clean, Anderson’s sobriety seems to be going well after dumping many of her old friends and relationships that only enabled her wild habits.
8. Britney Spears
“Hit me baby one more time!” One of the biggest celebrities and music icons on our list, Britney Spears joins the ranks of child stars after launching her career at just eight years old alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling on The Mickey Mouse Club.
It wasn’t long before the 18-year-old Spears released her smash album …Baby One More Time only to follow it up with hit albums like Oops! I Did It Again and Blackout.
Perhaps one of the most public meltdowns on our list, the Princess of Pop’s music career came to a complete halt in 2007 after she entered a drug rehab clinic just weeks after her aunt died of cancer. Spending less than a day in the center before leaving, Spears had one of the most famous tabloid shots in media history when she walked into a salon and shaved her head. Soon after, Spears returned to rehab and has managed to make it through a very public rough patch only to establish herself once again as a star.
9. Amy Winehouse
Ending our list with an artist who many thought was the new voice of soul, London native Amy Winehouse had one of the most unique voices in music over the past decade.
Praised for her blended style of soul, rhythm, blues and jazz, Winehouse became the first British female to win five Grammy Awards thanks to hits like “Rehab,’ “Back to Black” and “You Know I’m No Good” – all before the age of 25.
Turning heads in 2005 for more than just her voice, Winehouse worried fans when she arrived to red carpet events and concerts looking much thinner and exhausted.
In 2006 when Winehouse’s grandmother passed away, things only worsened. A year later, Winehouse canceled a majority of her tour dates in the UK and Europe and was later admitted to a hospital after overdosing on a combination of heroin, cocaine and alcohol. Admitting issues with self-harm and depression, the 2007 wake-up call went unnoticed as Winehouse was found dead just four years later on July 23, 2011 from alcohol poisoning.