Kate Beckinsale, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, Terry Crews, and many more have recently come out with allegations against Hollywood executives accused of sexual abuse. It’s with a heavy but hopeful heart that we listen to the stories of women and men across the US finally speaking out about the sexual abuse they suffered by those in power. These stories, and their underlying traumas, highlight the fact that we need drug and alcohol rehab in Orange County and Los Angeles. Physical and sexual trauma are directly correlated with substance use disorder and dependency.
Terry Crews, a former NFL player and actor, has even spoken out about being assaulted by a former casting agent with deep ties to most of Hollywood’s elite, in public, and being afraid to stand up for himself until recently. Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane couldn’t hold back his anger with Weinstein during the 2013 Oscars. Turns out, neither could Courtney Love, who was reprimanded and ostracized for having made a comment about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse in the past.
It’s hard to imagine novice actresses, living paycheck-to-paycheck, being able to muster the courage to face such industry titans when even Courtney Love was silenced for her words. Brit Marling may have described it best, in regards to her alleged encounter with Harvey Weinstein. “I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries,” she wrote. “I, too, sat in that chair paralyzed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together. What could I do? How not to offend this man, this gatekeeper, who could anoint or destroy me?”. With most of the recent allegations being directed against revered celebrities, political giants, and the corporate executives—it should come as no surprise that many of these poor and underrepresented victims feel helpless, powerless, and terrified to speak out and instead turn to drugs and alcohol to self-comfort.
These victims are some of the most wealthy and powerful people in our society, and even they were scared to come out against their abusers. Women deserve more access to mental health services, including women’s rehab, because not all women feel empowered enough to take a stand against their abusers, and they deserve the world’s best care to deal with these tragedies. It should come as no surprise that coming to Hollywood, many young actresses expect their good looks will be used, sooner or later, to sell a movie or product through their good looks. Under this impression, many of them unnecessarily suffer through manipulation and abuse of the men directly in charge of their payrolls, and more sinisterly—their entire careers.
To add to their woes, victim shaming is still a common thread, as demonstrated by Pamela Anderson’s recent interview where she argued that avoid Weinstein should have been “common sense.” She also goes on to say that the women accusing Weinstein were “foolish” for going to private locations with Weinstein, even if it was their professional agents who set the meetings up. When your agent, someone with a professional obligation to look out for your success, encourages a professional actress to meet with a famous executive at a restaurant or hotel lobby, it is delusional to say that these women were responsible for the abuse they suffered. These are young and hungry actresses without guidance, being given the opportunity of a lifetime to change their lives. The last thing on their mind at such a pivotal career moment should be the looming fear of sexual abuse.
The Need for Rehab for Women
It’s been proven in study after study after study—physical and mental trauma is often a key factor in drug and alcohol addiction. Need for drug and alcohol rehab is higher among women who have suffered sexual trauma. Most of these women may never actually be discovered because of the huge emotional, social, and financial walls barring them from reporting their abusers. Even when they do muster the courage, thousands of these cases are ignored every year. Horrifying statistics showed that in some cities, rape kits that were left untested since the 1990’s have been literally growing mold in storage. All signs point to the fact that we are not treating our women with the respect they deserve, and those brave women who speak up against the outrage are being ignored.
To live with the experience of an abuse, and waiting two decades to have the evidence of abuse even be tested, is an unimaginable struggle. These men and women deserve better, and they deserve to be taken care of while they live through this terrible darkness. Many will turn to drugs and alcohol, and that’s why it’s important that we have qualified, quality care in every city. We are a drug and alcohol rehab in Orange County, less than an hour from Los Angeles. If you or someone you know is in need of a trauma informed specialized rehab for women, give us a call at the number on the top of this page, or simply fill out the contact form.