Whitney Houston - Not my image
I was watching the news yesterday and there was a story about famous people and why some of them had fallen victim to substance abuse. The news anchor was interviewing author and spiritual leader, Deepak Chopra, and asking his opinion on the subject. It's something that's being talked about again because of the recent death of singer Whitney Houston and, not long ago, that of pop icon Michael Jackson.
Mr. Chopra said the feeling these stars got from being adored by countless fans was essentially like being on drugs. There was the same chemical high from dopamine (I believe) being released in the brain you got from taking illicit drugs.
If a star got hooked on this, but was no longer receiving adulation from fans (perhaps in later years when their careers started to wane) they might turn to drugs to fill the void. That was Mr. Chopra's explanation of why some stars fall victim to drug abuse.
I suppose, if you aren't strong willed, it's why you need a strong support system of friends and family who really are looking out for your best interests to keep you grounded.
Rest in Peace, Whitney.