I didn't expect much from the MTV special Demi Lovato: Stay Strong, figuring it would be a lot of spin about the former Disney star's rehab stint -- a generic, PR-laced message of salvation with no real details about what the 19-year-old is truly like. I'm happy to be proven wrong.
For Locklear it may be that her fears of the past have become her fences of the present. Hopefully she will get the help she needs to be able to tackle the underlying problems, instead of trying to numb what she is feeling, so that perhaps she can finally be able to stop running.
I have written about this many times here on The Huffington Post. But in reality, is an additional four and a half years -- two and a half more than the government sought to punish Cameron for his crime of addiction -- worth it?
Women who are married with children are supposed to be the family's pillar of strength -- the matriarch. There seems to be more judgment toward a wife and mother who is drinking and can't take care of her family, especially her children.
During my education to become an addiction counselor, I've done internships in a few rehabs and saw that the main reason that people relapse is because they have no jobs when they get out from treatment.
Despite Amy Winehouse's sometimes outlandish antics, she made the ladies who listened to her want to be a bit naughty themselves. A modern-day rebel without a cause, she epitomized the life and times of a genuine rock and roller.
Why is "in treatment" the magic phrase? Because it shows the rest of us radio listeners, TV watchers and online surfers that "the fallen" are taking steps to get their lives together. In reality it's a chance for the dude in the news to squirm out of the crosshairs.
Elizabeth Taylor's disregard for public opinion when it came to her personal life served her well as she let everyone know that even the biggest movie star in the world could survive addiction, one day at a time, just like you and me.