I believe we are starting to see a shift in the way the world views addiction, especially in the type of people who are labelled “addicts”. This shift, in part, is due to celebrities like James Franco, a well known public figure openly talking about his troubles with addiction. In a recent interview with novelist Edmund White for Out magazine Franco said:

I have a very addictive personality. When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17,” Franco told White. “I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, ‘Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good — I have a career and everything — but I feel isolated and lonely.’ So then I threw myself into school, but again it was just this sort of running, running, running.

James Franco

In the same interview, Franco also reveals why he’s recently taken up surfing and dancing as a way for him to help manage his addictions.

It’s a kind of therapy for me,” he said. “I’ve started a new chapter of my life. I was very work-addicted, and addicted to other things — not substances, I got over that a long time ago — but I’ve recently changed my life, and this is part of my therapy.

James Franco

So when a big celebrity like James Franco de-stigmatizes these topics, if only a little bit, by opening up about them during an interview it is exactly what we need to change the perception around this taboo subject.
You can read the whole interview over at Out.

Luke Worsfold

Luke Worsfold

I now run a company called Lisa Inside Addiction which helps people affected by addiction discover healthier ways to manage their emotions. I do this through the podcast where I interview world renowned experts on addiction and people directly affected by it. I also provide therapy in London and Southend along with a number of programs to help my clients break through the glass ceilings of their mental health.

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