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In the News: Selena Gomez Secretly Goes to Rehab

It seems that all the celebrities have decided to be open about their addiction issues and get help. Selena Gomez recently did a two week stint at Arizona’s Dawn at the Meadows on Jan. 5. Gomez’s rep denies rumors that the former Disney Channel star was struggling with drugs or alcohol. It has been stated that she voluntarily spent time at Meadows but not for substance abuse.

The 21-year-old actress and singer’s stay in rehab came shortly after the brunette beauty declared her tour cancelation in December, telling fans that despite her choice, they are so important to her and she would “never want to disappoint them.” Radar Online was first to report Gomez’s stay in rehab and a source told the gossip site that before she left she was “partying very hard,” and had been “experimenting with marijuana and prescription drugs, including Xanax and Ambien.”

A source told TMZ that the pop star’s decision to seek help had a lot to do with what she was exposed to when near ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber and his friends. Her 2 week stay in the rehab wasn’t exactly a full treatment program. Selena Gomez had checked into the Meadows clinic’s 6 week DAWN program to deal with issues with marijuana, Ambien and alcohol. She ended up leaving early to attend the Sundance Film Festival for her new movie titled Rudderless.

She did complete the signature workshop at the Meadows, called Survivor’s Week, which deals with early childhood trauma and discovers the origins of adult dysfunctional behaviors and is said to be the hardest week of the program. Gomez says she thinks she is fine right now and doesn’t need to go back in for further treatment. But as an addict and alcoholic, I know that whenever I thought I had it and everything was under control and fine that shortly after that I would lose control again.

Addiction is the constant recurrence of a behavior regardless of adverse consequences, or a nerve impairment leading to such behaviors. Addiction is also a disease that can’t just be cured in a 2 week period of time in treatment. I’m unsure of what is actually going on with Selena Gomez but if she is trying to recover from any sort of addiction, the longer amount of time in treatment and away from the world the better chance she has at recovering. The staff at the Meadows has said that for her to achieve recovery she would need to complete all three phases of the DAWN program.

She is so young and I really hope that with all the overdoses and other celebrities, like Ke$ha, being public about their issues that she can get help and then help others. It’s crazy to me how many stars have been all over the media with their addiction and eating disorder issues lately! Hopefully one of them can get through to other people out there who are struggling and encourage they seek help, too. 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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