Celebrity addicts often make the news for their problems and treatment due to their renown. These celebrities have the opportunity to use this forum to share their tales and try to help others to overcome similar problems.
One celebrity addict trying to help others in this manner is Jeremy Spencer, drummer of the band Five Finger Death Punch. He has recently released an autobiography that he hopes will help people.
The autobiography, titled Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, came out on September 2 and was published by HarperCollins. He has not written the autobiography because he believes people will want to read his life story.
Instead, he hopes that it might help others to recognize their problem and seek help. He says he will be happy if reading his tale helps just one person. Part of the profits from the book will go to NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
Journaling to Work Through Problems
Writing the autobiography began as just a personal journal. After treatment, Spencer felt raw and exposed and needed a therapeutic way to sort through his feelings and emotions.
Journaling is one of the methods typically suggested for those in early recovery to help them sort through the strong emotions and feelings and manage triggers and cravings. He wrote while on the tour bus.
Once he realized he had a long, and possibly compelling, story, he felt it might be helpful for those struggling with addiction.
Once he decided to publish his story, he asked his father to read the initial draft and help to revise it. Although his father at first was hesitant, not wanting to read about his son's drug and sex exploits, he helped, and the autobiography was finalized.
A Candid Tale
The book goes into lurid detail about his life, including events of which he is not proud. He recounts his exploits in grim detail, including his womanizing and drug abuse.
Although it is full of debauchery details, he wanted it to be more than just the typical rock and roll story of exploits. Instead, he wanted to create a story of hope filled with humor and moments of sadness.
He has penned a very open and honest story about his life that does end with a happy ending. Although he was close to death, he has been able to get help and overcome his problems.
Spencer says, "I'm not proud of many of the episodes in the book, but the person I was, under the influence, is not who I choose to be. A heartbeat away from death, I chose life.
So, more than anything, I think 'Death Punch'd' is a reflection of how far one can fall and still find a way back, a way to accomplish goals and dreams and more important...a way to live. I'd be the last person to say it's easy. But, I'd be the first person to say there's always hope."
The Rate of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
In America, 22.2 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependence, according to the latest report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). However, many of those who need treatment do not receive it for a variety of reasons, namely not believing they have a problem.
In 2012, it was estimated that 23.1 million people aged 12 and older needed treatment, but only 2.5 million, or 10.8 percent, actually received it.
With so many people needing treatment, a story like Spencer's could be helpful in providing a way for people to see that there is hope in treatment. Spencer's exploits often were dark and dangerous, but he made it through treatment and now has a new life.
This could bring hope to others that they too can overcome their issues and find help.