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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Addiction as entertainment

In this Tuesday, April 9, 2013 photo released by CBS Entertainment, actress Lindsay Lohan talks to David Letterman about her upcoming trip to rehab, her guest star roles in the series "Anger Management" and film "Scary Movie 5" and more during the "Late Show with David Letterman," (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, in New York. (AP Photo/CBS Entertainment, Jeffrey R. Staab)

I must be the weird one. I haven't, nor will I, spend time watching celebrities or non-celebrities as they battle their addictions. I can't find a lot of entertainment value in human suffering, I must be getting soft in my old age.

Wednesday morning, I could not avoid the clips of Lindsay Lohan being interviewed on the David Letterman show the previous night. As much as I am a fan of pop culture, I do not keep up with the almost daily tabloid stories of the young Ms. Lohan and her run-ins with the law, alcohol and drugs. I feel that by following this soap opera too closely I am enabling her and giving her the attention she obviously is searching for, albeit in a very destructive way.

But I digress.

In the interview she referred to rehab as a "blessing," even though her coming three-month stint will be the latest attempt at beating her addiction but hardly the first.

And while I wish her the best and hold no ill will towards her, it seems she is surrounded by a culture of celebrity that celebrates her drug and alcohol abuse, and dare I say benefits from it. Lindsay Lohan has become famous for being an addict at her age and for throwing away an acting career, not for her great body of work. Her booking on the Letterman show and all the subsequent buzz afterwards is not because of a new project or award she received, but rather the public's desire to watch this train crash of a life happen in slow motion before our very eyes. Preferably in HD.

Addiction is a very serious thing. The cost, both financial and human, are all around us. I can't help but think of all the people quietly suffering or battling their addictions and how confusing it must be to see addiction treated like a sport in the entertainment world. Charlie Sheen is rewarded for his bizarre, drug- fueled behavior with more attention, money and fame while John Belushi lies in a grave because of his.

Lindsay Lohan is at a crossroads that many addicts find themselves at. Unfortunately, it seems she stands to benefit from continuing down the destructive path as opposed to being clean and sober and returning to "normal."

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About the Author


I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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