The life of Hollywood stars is all about glitz and glamor. However, owing to the high pressures of the industry, their lives can be quite overwhelming emotionally, causing mental illnesses or substance use disorders (SUD). One such example is that of actress Selma Blair.
One of the most versatile personalities in Hollywood, Blair took to Instagram to share an emotional but straightforward post about her voyage in the industry, recalling her arrival in Los Angeles, her struggle with postpartum depression (PPD) and alcohol abuse and her existent career. She recollected her coming to the hub of the television and film industry 20 years ago and her stay at a “cute” studio apartment in Brentwood. She also talked about how she met her best friend next door. The “Legally Blonde” star shared the post along with a photograph from the early days of her career.
Darker side of Blair’s story
While the post was happy and light, Blair also shared the darker side of her life. Subsequent to narrating the early achievements in her career, the actress, who is known for her role in “Cruel Intentions” also spoke of motherhood and her struggle with PPD that lasted for four years.
She also discussed how it took a lot of effort and time to recover. At the end of the post, she talked about her profession and her fear of never working again. “I have always been an actress. An actress who hasn’t had hope I will really work again,” she wrote.
Mixing alcohol and prescription medicines
In 2016, Blair made headlines after she was removed from a flight after her outburst, which she later called a “psychotic black-out” that resulted from mixing wine and prescription medicines.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), mixing alcohol and medicines can cause queasiness and nausea, tiredness, headaches, light-headedness, fainting episodes, internal bleeding, heart issues and breathing complications. Furthermore, alcohol and prescription medicines suppress the central nervous system (CNS) leading to trouble in breathing and possibly death.
Alcohol intensifies mental disorders
While some people believe alcohol helps in calming the nerves, several studies and investigations suggest that alcohol intensifies one’s susceptibility to mental disorder like anxiety and depression, leading to co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, which is the simultaneous presence of a SUD and a mental illness. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 8.2 million Americans had both a SUD and a mental illness in the past year.
In the case of dual diagnosis, either the mental disorder or the SUD can develop first. In many instances, people battling a mental disorder might self-medicate with substances like alcohol and drugs to alleviate the symptoms of the mental illness, buy they fail to realize that substances are known to worsen the symptoms of a mental problem.
The co-occurrence of two life-changing conditions can be difficult. As one fuels the other, a holistic approach to address both the problems simultaneously can offer complete recovery. Strategies like detoxification, restoration, support groups, psychotherapy, prescriptions, behavioral therapies, etc. work well with patients of dual diagnosis.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the problem of substance abuse and a co-occurring mental disorder, seek immediate help from a credible dual diagnosis rehab. Sovereign Health, the leading behavioral treatment facility in the U.S., offers comprehensive evidence-based dual diagnosis treatment programs. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative to know more about our various dual diagnosis treatment centers.