One of the most celebrated grunge artists of the 90s, Kurt Cobain was a music legend who made punk rock mainstream. He was a talented yet troubled singer and songwriter whose music was popular amongst the youth. Sadly, Cobain committed suicide, few years into the formation of his hugely successful rock band – Nirvana, also known as the flagship band of generation X. He committed suicide in 1994 by using a shotgun. It was a well-known fact that he was addicted to heroin and when he died, drugs were found in his body.
Cobain had been in and out of rehab but could never overcome his addiction. Apparently, he was also struggling with the pressure that came with soaring fame leading to depression. He was harboring intense suicidal thoughts and it has been suggested that his family had a history of suicide.
Celebrities and addiction
In a recent documentary on Cobain’s addiction problem, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter and expert coroner discussed how just before his demise, Cobain’s heroin use had spiked exponentially and he was abusing $400 worth of heroin per day which easily translates to $700 worth of heroin in today’s economy.
Cobain made a lot of money during his short span of life and enjoyed immense popularity. However, it is not easy to deal with the pressure, fame, constant media attention and isolation that comes with celebrity status.
In addition, professional music or art performances are associated with anxiety, performance-related musculoskeletal pain and performance anxiety. Therefore, a majority of the performing artists get into drugs to alleviate the pain and anxiety to perform better as well as to deal with insecurities. However, the high that they get often leads them to an addiction.
Impressionable youth idolize celebrities
Cobain was a youth icon. It is a well-known fact that celebrities are a huge influence on impressionable youth. In today’s times, because of the presence of active social media portals, every minor and major detail of a celebrity’s life is publicized, which is eagerly lapped up by the youth who idolize them. Celebrities have such an intense impact on the youth that, often, they follow their idols blindly and are unable to tell right from wrong.
However, this can get out of control because unlike celebrities, a high-schooler might not have billions of money to reach out for the pure and concentrated form of the drug or check into rehab. In addition, teens and young adults can resort to criminal activities like theft, street fights, gambling, prostitution, etc., to make money to be able to buy the drug that their idol indulges in.
Also, in order to make drugs like heroin more accessible to high schoolers, it is adulterated with multiple agents. Adulterated drugs are usually cheaper than the original drugs and provide similar intense feelings of euphoria or sedation as pure drugs. Once addicted, an individual craves for that high and consequently the drug.
Agents such as phenobarbital, a sedative, when added to heroin can cause respiratory distress. Some adulterated versions have quinine, which when added to heroin, does mimic the rush that is produced when original heroin is injected. However, it is an antimalarial drug and can cause visual impairment and renal failure. Heroin is also mixed with an extremely potent opioid painkiller, fentanyl, which can cause cessation of breathing.
There is hope
Celebrity and drug addiction are often intertwined. Therefore, the younger generation might lack the experience or wisdom to not follow certain quarters of their role model’s life. However, parents and caregivers must actively participate in young children’s lives. Youth should be told that idolizing should be restricted to inculcating the good and sieving the rest.
If you or your loved one is suffering from addiction to any substance, it is imperative to seek advice from a qualified healthcare provider. Sovereign Health, the leading rehab facility in the U.S., prides itself on using cutting-edge, evidence-based techniques to treat various addictions and mental illnesses. Feel free to contact us via online chat or call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-683-9756 to know more about our drug addiction treatment centers. Our skilled teammates will help you find the best substance abuse treatment.