Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society: Elaborating on Key Points.   We are living through a historical period defined by uncertainty, which is having a profound impact on our mental health. Research shows that – on average, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental health condition globally,…

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Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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Celebrities and addiction

Life in the Public Eye and in the times of social media.

Celebrities seem to live a charmed life of fame and fortune. While high profile individuals are indeed fortunate in many ways, the celebrity lifestyle isn’t always as trouble-free as it may seem. Pressures and expectations are tremendous, and like “regular people,” celebrities often fall prey to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Celebrities face constant pressure and for many, life is a continual struggle to stay on top. Public scrutiny is punishing, competition is fierce, and living under the (social)-media microscope while attempting to maintain such a high level of achievement can be exhausting. Like anybody, celebrities often attempt to self-medicate underlying issues such as anxiety or depression - issues that are commonly associated with addiction.

Actors and musicians typically go through periods of tough demands. For example, a movie shoot or a concert tour may continue for months with little opportunity for rest and relaxation. Often, exhausted actors or musicians may take “a little something” to help them manage their grueling schedules. For many, this means an occasional sleeping pill to wind down after a grueling day, often followed by a different pill to boost their energy in the morning or to get through a late night work session.

Although nobody intends to get addicted, a high-stress lifestyle and a vicious cycle of uppers and downers can lead to full-blown drug or alcohol dependence very quickly. Abuse of opiate pain medications is common and very dangerous as it often leads to addiction to heroin. Amphetamines and benzodiazepines, often freely prescribed by doctors (such as Valium or Xanax), are also highly addictive.

The  “Hollywood Lifestyle”

The Hollywood lifestyle is always present for celebrities and access to alcohol and drugs is easy in the entertainment world.  Alcohol is almost always available and is consumed in large quantities. When money isn’t an issue and celebrities can afford the “best” drugs on the market, substance abuse is common. Celebrities face a great deal of peer pressure and are often introduced to drugs by other people in the entertainment industry.

“Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll”

Rock musicians have long been famous for their hard-partying lifestyle, and the same is still true for many. In fact, the path of self-destruction can actually be a source of pride, and admitting they need help for drug or alcohol addiction can cause musicians to question their entire identity. However, for many, the only answers are recovery or death.

Treatment must be Discreet and Confidential

The truth is that addiction is a chronic illness that doesn’t discriminate, but affects the poor and the wealthy alike. Addiction almost never gets better without treatment; it continues to worsen as time goes by.

Many people have the means to hide the signs of addiction until life begins to crumble, but when drug or alcohol rehab or treatment becomes necessary, it is often carried out in the public eye. Relapse is considered a normal part of getting well. However, celebrity struggles and relapses are highly scrutinized, often very unkindly – or rehab is treated like “another lifestyle choice” where celebrities come and go and it is “not a big deal”, because rehab centers often provide the same lifestyle (minus the drugs or alcohol), celebrities are accustomed to. The seriousness of addiction is thus often downplayed and pictured like an “easy to buy” commodity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Addiction treatment needs committed professionals, experience, knowledge and the commitment to deal with the vulnerability and humanity of their celebrity clients.

Paracelsus Recovery is perfectly set up to cater to the special requirements of celebrities. We offer the world’s most comprehensive treatment for addiction and emotional afflictions. We treat one client at a time, very privately, with a team of experienced, renowned and compassionate specialists.

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