Those in the constant, watchful eye of the media are no stranger to drug abuse and addiction. Even though a celebrity may play a vibrant, positive character on television, they may be battling demons off the set.
Maureen McCormick, the actress who played the beloved Marcia on the insanely-popular American sitcom The Brady Bunch in the early 70’s, has experienced this firsthand. McCormick spoke about her post-Brady Bunch drug abuse on a recent episode of Dancing with the Stars, revealing that drug abuse affects those from all walks of life – rich or poor, successful or down-and-out.
The Brady Bunch is a sitcom known for its lovable, picturesque cast – a family that stole the hearts of viewers through television sets across America. McCormick played oldest sister Marcia, a beautiful, smart and charismatic teenager. The Brady Bunch seemed like the perfect all-American family – but McCormick revealed that after the show stopped airing, her life wasn’t as ideal as viewers would imagine.
McCormick recently revealed her struggle with addiction during a segment of Dancing with the Stars, when she chose her “most memorable year” as 1985. It was the year she married Michael Cummings, whom she met at the end of her five-year struggle with cocaine.
“He really, really saved me from rock-bottom,” McCormick stated. She has spoken about her drug addiction previously in her 2008 memoir “Here’s the Story,” and she states that she also had a battle with bulimia. McCormick went as far as to admit she traded sex for drugs. “If there was coke, I had to stay up and do every last flake,” McCormick revealed. “Nothing else mattered.”
McCormick is now sober and happily married with a 27-year-old daughter, but her story is not uncommon. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were an estimated 1.5 million cocaine users aged 12 or older in 2014, with 1.4 percent of young adults reporting past-month cocaine use.
It doesn’t matter how normal things may seem – drug addiction does not discriminate against the wealthy or luxurious. Not even Marcia Brady could escape the spiral of drug abuse. It is crucial to seek help – no matter what walk of life you come from. Don’t lose your role – take your life back today.
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Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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