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.