Most people have rather polarized opinions about the world of being a celebrity. It seems that our culture portrays celebrities as either one of two things: together and private, or messed up and rather obvious about it. No one seems to take a step back and consider the human factor that is the life of someone who is a celebrity. They are human, and subject to human fallibility, as well as the trials and tribulations of the past and life at the present. Sometimes they come out about it and remind us all that sometimes they are not as perfect as we like to think.
Such is the case with Pamela Anderson. She recently spoke out about the fact that she had a bad childhood and a history with drugs later in life, specifically cocaine and alcohol.
The Dangers of Cocaine
Cocaine is one of the most dangerous substances out there today, alongside heroin and methamphetamines. After the very first time using cocaine, and even long after someone has stopped using it, there is a massive risk of having a sudden heart attack or respiratory failure, which, of course, are fatal. The more someone does cocaine, the higher the risk of having these things happen becomes.
Over time, the body and mind of the user start to degrade. If the cocaine is sniffed through the nose, then the tissue in the nose starts to fall apart and decay. If smoked, otherwise known as crack cocaine, then the teeth, mouth and entire respiratory system start to degrade as well, leading to dental problems, infections in the mouth, and respiratory issues.
If the cocaine is injected, which is rare but it is possible, then the user starts to have the same problems that heroin users have, which are many, and none are mild. Most users who use needles for their drugs tend to not be so clean about it, and diseases can be caught via sharing dirty needles, such as hepatitis C and certain STDs, such as AIDS. Abscesses also form in the area of usage, which are infections under the skin, and this can lead to the scenario wherein an amputation might have to happen.
Pam and Her Past
"I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested at age 6 by a female babysitter," Pam Anderson told the 200 guests at the lunch party for her animal rights charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation.
There was also another experience she told other about. "I went to a friend's boyfriends house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon which led to a back massage, which led into rape. My first heterosexual experience. He was 25 years old and I was 12."
There are the tragic cases where celebrities do not get help for their problems and end up paying the ultimate price for them. Such is the sad case with people like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger. But, in this case, Pam Anderson has actually begun to seek help for her problems and is apparently doing very well. She has been working with an addiction specialist who has encouraged her to speak up about her past and led the truth be known, to give it some air and let the healing process begin.
"Pamela has been working closely with an addiction specialist psychologist that has helped her tremendously. Those with past drug and alcohol abuse are encouraged to talk openly about their demons and that's the reason she's opening up about the child molestation and rape allegations," an inside source told RadarOnline.com, wherein the article about these events has been published.
"Pamela was addicted to alcohol and cocaine and she spent a long time numbing her pain with those substances."
She appears to be doing better now, having lost her hard-partying friends and surrounding herself with the company of her family and her husband, Rick Solomon.