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Director and Producer Adam Shankman (best known for directing Glee, Modern Family, A Walk to remember and Hairspray) has checked into rehab. It is still unknown why he is seeking treatment; but his family and friends are glad he is getting professional help for whatever he is going through. “Adam Shankman is currently seeking treatment in a rehabilitation center,” the statement from his rep read. “His friends and family support him and wish him well on his journey to recovery.”  On December 8th Shankman attended the TrevorLIVE event in Hollywood. TrevorLIVE is a semi-annual event helping The Trevor Project, a suicide and crisis intervention group helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adolescence. When seen at this event, Adam appeared joyful.

He seems to be following in the footsteps of his good friend Zac Efron. Lately, a lot of celebrities have been openly seeking rehabilitation for their drug and alcohol problems. It might seem as though celebrities are more prone to addiction by the total number of famous people whose drug and alcohol problems have become public. For us addicts, we all know that when we first get sober a big thing to avoid are people, places and things; but being a celebrity it must be hard to do that seeing as in Hollywood it is so common for celebrities to live that ‘rockstar lifestyle.’ I know that if I had the type of paychecks that celebrities do and was in my active addiction, it would be really hard for me to come forward and get help.

Addiction is an equal opportunity disease: it affects people across gender, racial, economic, cultural and ethnic gender lines. Addiction can affect celebrities at the same degree it affects your everyday person. There are countless famous people who have gone into treatment in order to overcome their drug or alcohol addictions as well as to treat other, co-occurring conditions, also referred to as dual diagnosis. In my opinion, the more celebrities that come forward and admit they have a problem and need help the better. It really is crazy to see what a difference it can make having celebrities be open about their addiction, it can cause others to come out of hiding and ask for help, also.

When someone goes into rehab and admits that they need help it is the first step to recovering from their addiction, and it seems that is exactly what Adam Shankman is doing. This disease is the only one that likes to tell you that you don’t have a disease, so when people admit they are struggling with addiction it should be recognized as a big deal. I believe it doesn’t matter if you’re famous or who you are that anyone can get sober if they have that desperation and willingness to do so. I honestly don’t even know what it is that compelled me to get sober, all I know is I stuck around and am so glad I did. Adam Shankman is lucky to have so many people who love and care for him and are standing by his side through his recovery process. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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