Steps to regain trust.
A great Hollywood comeback story, Robert Downey Jr. is now one of the most bankable and highly paid actors in show business, starring in blockbuster comic book films like Iron Man and The Avengers. But not so long ago, he was practically unhireable, due to his drinking and drug abuse—not to mention the time his addictions landed him in prison.
Both show business and addiction run in the Downey family. The cult filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., also an addict, allowed his son to try marijuana at the age of six. According to a 1996 People article, drugs facilitated an emotional bond between father and son. This apparently led to Downey becoming a daily drinker.
Despite his active drug and alcohol addiction, Downey Jr. made a name for himself as a young actor in the mid- to late ‘80s. After a season in the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” he scored film roles in the likes of John Hughes fare such as Weird Science, and he co-starred opposite Molly Ringwald in The Pick-Up Artist in 1987. That same year, Downey also gave a memorable performance in the film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero, playing a rich kid whose life went off the rails amid a severe heroin addiction. Downey’s off-screen life would soon uncannily resemble that role.
Downey’s performance in the 1992 biopic Chaplin earned him an Academy Award nomination, and his career seemed to be on an upward trajectory until 1996, when he was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. As reported in a 2003 interview with the New York Times, Downey was arrested multiple times for drug offences and cycled in and out of jail.
One of the more disturbing incidents involved an intoxicated Downey wandering into a neighbor’s house and passing out in a bed. After repeatedly missing court ordered drug tests, Downey was sentenced to a three-year prison stint in 1999, but only ended up serving a year in California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison.
In 2001, while on parole, Downey was found barefoot, wandering around Culver City, California and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence. That incident led to him being fired from his role on the TV show “Ally McBeal,” in addition to other film and stage jobs. Instead of being sent back to prison, the now-broke actor was ordered to rehab.
Downey’s wife Susan Downey (née Levin) told Harper’s Bazaar that he quit drugs for good in 2003 after she gave him an ultimatum. Apparently, it stuck. According to a 2013 Daily Mail article, the actor credits a combination of 12-step programs, yoga, meditation and therapy with keeping him sober.
His career didn’t pick up again until Mel Gibson personally underwrote Downey’s liability insurance…
He also credits sobriety for the phenomenal career momentum he has enjoyed over the past few years. In the early aughts, it was practically impossible for Downey to get hired since most filmmakers wouldn’t—or couldn’t—pay the exorbitant insurance bonds it required to have him on set. His career didn’t pick up again until Mel Gibson personally underwrote Downey’s liability insurance so that the actor could star in 2003’s The Singing Detective.
From there, Downey started working steadily, appearing in films such as Gothika, A Scanner Darkly, Zodiac and Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.
Downey’s star-power rose in 2008 when he starred in the summer blockbusters Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, earning his second Oscar nomination for the latter. Downey then starred in The Avengers and subsequent Iron Man movies, making him a critical player for Marvel.
The fact that Robert Downey Jr.’s career seems to improve the longer he stays sober makes his comeback one of the most impressive and inspiring stories.
Over the years, the use and consumption of alcohol have been very common in many societies and among different categories of people. This is because alcohol is socially accepted in virtually all the countries. Its acceptance has therefore made it one of the most frequently abused substances.
It is; however, very important to know that alcohol is a depressant that depresses the activities of humans’ Central Nervous System. When your central nervous system is thus affected, your judgment and perception of issues are seriously impeded and your reaction to things is also altered. The dangerous dimension to the consumption of alcohol is that generally, alcoholics develop a yearning or a strong push for more drinks even though they are aware that problems are being created because of the habit. Furthermore, alcoholics suffer from impaired control, and become physically reliant on alcohol.
Ironically, even when an alcoholic stops alcohol consumption after a period of heavy use, several unpleasant consequences (withdrawal symptoms) are experienced. These include: nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety. Alcoholics further build up a bigger tolerance for alcohol and they realize that they need to consume greater amounts of it to get satisfaction. It is also not uncommon for alcoholics to seek out by all means opportunities to consume alcoholic beverages; most times, neglecting other activities and taking solace in alcohol consumption when there are issues and challenges in their homes or workplace. When this stage has been reached, it can be described as ‘addiction’.
Addiction And How It Sets In
Being addicted to alcohol or any other substance has a lot to do with the brain. Addiction can be described as a very intricate disorder which is characterized by uncontrollable use of substances. It is true that each substance a person uses has different effects on the brain and continual use of such substances has the capacity to change the way the human brain functions. Now let’s take a look at some of the ways alcohol sends messages to the brain, causing addiction to set in:
Determinants of Addiction in Individuals
Peradventure you have observed that some people use alcohol and they seems not to be ‘negatively affected’ or addicted unlike some others. This is because just like many other conditions, people’s level of vulnerability to this habit differs. The interplay of several factors determines how susceptible you are to it. As we continue in this article, we are going to examine some of the risk factors that increase your susceptibility? They include:
The Process of Addiction Development
Since no one develops it overnight, it is very important to examine how it develops. This is very necessary so that you can do an appropriate self examination because very many individuals who use alcohol continue in the act because they claim it makes them feel good. In several cases however, quite a number of addicted folks do not even know they have crossed that line and getting to know how the process develops will open your eyes. The following are some of the ways:
There is Hope
Probably, you have observed any of the things mentioned above; all hope is not lost as you can overcome. There are programmes and activities designed to get you out. There are quite a number of rehabilitation centres and de-addiction centres that you can benefit from. Safe house wellness retreat is a good example of places you can get all the help you need to break that habit!
Kurt Cobain was an American musician and artist, best known as lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone and over 75 million records worldwide.
1986 was the first year Cobain tried heroin. By the winter of 1990, Cobain was reportedly using heroin seven days a week. On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was discovered dead at his Lake Washington house. The cause of death was determined to be a suicide. The toxicological tests determined that the level of heroin in Cobain’s bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per litre.
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Bradley Cooper is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.
Cooper’s breakout success came after his starring role in The Hangover, and he’s since starred in a string of box office hits, like American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. But he believes none of this would’ve happened if he hadn’t put down booze and pills 11 years ago.
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