Research shows women are more inclined than men to seek help for psychological issues. And although more women are seeking help with mental health, substance abuse, or other behavioral disorders, the stigma around seeking treatment persists. This stigma can make it even harder for women to reach out and get the help they need. Despite that, in 2018 we saw several famously strong, beautiful women go public with their recovery journey.
Although stigma around seeking treatment remains a barrier for women getting the help they need, these celebrities set an example for women everywhere. Pursuing treatment and working on yourself is applause-worthy, not shameful. Seeking help with issues with drugs, alcohol, mental health, or other behavioral dysfunctions is a positive. It does more good for you and those around you than not doing something due to fear of being stigmatized and judged.
We’ve rounded up a list of some of the female celebrities who showed us in 2018 that it is ok to reach out and get help.
Women celebrities who went to rehab in 2018
57 year old Heather Locklear went to rehab three times in 2018 as she battled with alcohol and drug addictions, violent incidents and hospitalization. In fall 2018 she shared a public instagram post acknowledging her road to recovery by stating, “addiction is ferocious and will try to take you down,” she wrote in an Instagram post in September. “Recovery is the best revenge. Be kind to everyone you meet, your light just might change their path.”
Mel B aka Scary Spice
43 year old Melanie Brown, also known as Scary Spice from the Spice Girls entered rehab in 2018 citing PTSD stemming from an emotionally abusive relationship and past traumatic events. She also also acknowledged her struggles with alcohol abuse and sex addiction in the memoir she is currently writing.
Earlier this year, 26 year old Demi Lovato very publically relapsed when she released her song, “sober.” Shortly thereafter she suffered a dangerous opioid overdose where she nearly died. After hospitalization, Lovato spent the next 90 days in rehab and restarted her recovery journey.
These are just three brave women that faced their vices in 2018, there will be countless more in the years to come. While their recovery journeys are nowhere near over, let them be an example that this can be the year you start yours too.
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