What is it about Hollywood and painkillers? Alex O’Loughlin‘s announcement a few days ago that he was seeking treatment was oddly similar to Gerard Butler‘s voluntary check-in to rehab a month or so ago.
Gerard was having problems with pain management after the physical demands of filming 300 had him reliant on painkillers, so he decided to head off a possible addiction. Alex’s reasoning is much the same: After a recent shoulder injury and the subsequent prescription drugs, he needs to wean himself off it.
Alex will be taking a short break from his show Hawaii Five-0, with the full support of the show’s producers and the network heads. As with Gerard, we have to applaud him for trying to nip his problem in the bud, as opposed to letting it get too bad and getting dumped at rehab after an ugly intervention. Other stars like Steven Tyler were not able to combat addiction so early in the process.
At first glance this seems like a pattern, but I think it’s less that Hollywood types are more susceptible to painkiller addiction, and more that what’s a common addiction for regular folks is highlighted when some of those sufferers are also famous. Consider that Eric Dane, Kelly Osbourne, Matthew Perry, and many more people have entered rehab to lessen their dependence on prescription drugs.
Stars… they’re just like us.
For a different rehab narrative, check out our thoughts on Demi Lovato‘s MTV documentary Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.