Case Study Analysis: Lindsay Loh Celebrity Addiction

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Lindsay Lohan: Celebrity Addiction Case Study Analysis
Johnny Bonilla
Berkeley College

Celebrity Lindsay Lohan has been the focus of negative media attention for the past decade, after her rise to stardom as a child actress. It is no secret Lohan has suffered from severe drug addiction which resulted in extensive involvement with the criminal justice system and several stints in rehabilitation facilities. Lohan’s addiction to alcohol and cocaine not only negatively affected her career, but also took a toll on her physically, psychologically and sociologically. Lohan’s battle with addiction led her through several court ordered traditional rehabilitation programs.
Lohan’s issues came to light
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Lohan went from being a vibrant, glowing young woman to looking thin, frail and haggard. Experts speculate the change in physical appearance can be attributed to her alcohol and cocaine abuse, as well as the hard and fast lifestyle she was living (Smith, Twum & Gielen, 2009). Cocaine is highly addictive and has been scientifically proven to cause a decrease in appetite, resulting in malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. Alcohol abuse can cause damage to liver functioning, which also results in malnutrition (Pennings, Lecesse & DeWolf, 2002). Lohan has been hospitalized several times over the past decade, citing exhaustion and dehydration. Lohan later admitted, in a candid interview, these hospitalizations were indeed attributed to her drug and alcohol abuse, coupled with her lack of sleep and the absence of proper nutrition (Tiger, 2013). These toxic substances also have negative psychological effects on …show more content…
Lohan’s addiction to alcohol and cocaine affected her physically, psychologically and sociologically, resulting in the loss of her career, legal issues and irreparable damage to her reputation. The physical and psychological components of addiction left Lohan powerless to escape its grip. Although she has completed treatment, she will forever be marred by the consequences of substance abuse.
Pennings, E. J., Leccese, A. P., & DeWolff, F. A. (2002). Effect of Concurrent Use of Alcohol and Cocaine. Addiction, 97(7), 773.
Smith, K., Twum, D., & Gielen, A. (2009). Media Coverage of Celebrity DUIs: Teachable Moments or Problematic Social Modeling? Alcohol and Alcoholism, 44(3), 256-260. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agp006
Tiger, R. (2013). Celebrity Gossip Blogs and the Interactive Construction of Addiction. New Media & Society, 17(3), 340-355.

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