Drug or substance abuse refers to the use of certain chemicals to produce pleasurable effects on the brain.
There are more than 190 million drug users worldwide and the problem is growing at an alarming rate, especially among young people under the age of 30.
Substance abuse poses a threat to society, and some of our favorite stars have suffered from this demon at some point in their lives.
Below are 5 celebrities who have experienced various forms of substance abuse:
Jean Claude Van Damme
The lead actor Van Damme is in a major battle for his life after battling heavy addictions to cocaine and alcohol.
Initially it was believed that the problem was only related to the problem of bipolar disorder, but Van Dam was arrested several times for drunk driving and causing domestic violence. .
He's all right now.
Justin Bieber rose to fame early on and things started pretty quickly.
In 2014, years later, she made headlines about her mistakes and drug use.
The "Lonely" singer acknowledged that drug use was "quite dark," that she had "a problem with $ ex" and that she suffered from depression while on tour.
Now that he's back, he says he's just a social drinker and has a newly married wife, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, to take care of him when he misbehaves.
The son of popular Hollywood actor Will Smith had a rough appearance years ago, many believed he used too many drugs, but he came out to deny it all.
She said she was a vegetarian (which should make you look fresh) but her uncomfortable appearance made it easy for her to find out that she was using drugs.
Affleck, who plays Batman in the DC Comics franchise, is open to his drinking problem. He went into rehab for the first time in 2001 and called the addiction a "lifelong struggle."
After staying at a care center in 2018, Affleck said on social media, "When you have a problem, help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure."
Popular actress and singer Demi Lovato was 17 when she first tried cocaine.
When her singing career started, they also experienced drug and alcohol problems.
After several years of battling addiction, she ventured into addiction treatment in 2010, along with mental health issues including bipolar disorder and eating disorders. So far, he has discussed his current recovery in interviews, social media and in his music.
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