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Expert: Troubled celebs must assess lifestyle

March 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An expert who has battled addiction is watching the news, knowing what celebrities with problems are going through and the path to sobriety.

There is the case of Charlie Sheen, star of TV's "Two and a Half Men." Sheen is on a media blitz against the producers who canceled the rest of the show's season despite Sheen's claim he's sober and ready to work.

Then there is pop singer Christina Aguilera, who was detained by deputies early Tuesday in West Hollywood for being too drunk to take care of herself. She was in a Mustang being driven by her companion, Matthew Rutler, who was stopped and arrested for DUI.

And next week, Lindsay Lohan will decide whether to enter a plea to charges of felony grand theft, allegedly committed while on probation for driving and drug offenses. Lohan is not talking to the media, but appeared Sunday in a comedy sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards.

With stars in the kind of spotlight they do not seek, it seems there are more and more in that negative light, risking their careers.

Jamison Monroe, an expert on substance abuse, says sobriety is not so easy.

"If you look at it, there are almost 30 million people in America, 10 percent of the population suffers from alcoholism or addiction," Monroe said. "I think celebrities need to get out of the Hollywood scene so they can really assess where they are in their life and get good therapy and good treatment."

But at least for now, Sheen is calling his home "Sober Valley Lodge."

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