If you own a television, then you’ve probably heard of the Kardashians; they’re the family that everyone loves to hate.
“Keeping up with the Kardashians” is a reality television show that follows the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family. It has been airing on the E! Network since 2007, and their 11th season will premiere in November. Throughout the seasons, we have seen countless family drama, relationships fall apart, and the struggles of Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s longtime (now ex) boyfriend.
Scott Disick has been through a lot in his personal life and it all played out on television for the world to see. Millions watched his on-and-off again relationship with Kourtney, the death of both of his parents, and his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
In between the struggles though there were good times. Scott is the father of three children: Mason, Penelope, and Reign.
But, as many times as Scott has tried to get better, not only for himself but for his family, it seems to be that he can’t escape the partying lifestyle. It doesn’t help that Scott gets booked at clubs to make appearances all the time.
Scott has gained enormous popularity from the reality show, which has only increased his appearances at clubs and parties, and for someone who struggles with addiction that is a lethal combination.
Scott has been in and out of rehab centers all over the country, and even out of the country but his problem is that he doesn’t stay in them long enough to get the treatment he needs. Sources close to Scott have said that he uses the centers as a way of detoxing from his hardcore partying.
In March of 2010, Scott went on a party streak that lasted four days before entering a rehab center in Miami, only to check out two days later. In 2013 he entered rehab again, this time in Malibu, only to check out because he believed that he didn’t have a problem.
However, it doesn’t end there. In March of 2014, Scott checked into a Costa Rican rehab facility which offered alternative plant-based methods of rehabilitation that were said to cure addiction. Scott never found out if those methods worked because he checked out of the facility after being there for only 12 hours.
In June of 2014, Scott had a big scare while spending the summer in the Hamptons with his family. He overdosed on pills and had alcohol poisoning after a weekend of partying. He decided to check himself into a Connecticut rehab center but left after five days because he missed his family.
It was reported on October 14 of this year that Scott checked himself into a Malibu rehab center yet again.
Why is it that celebrities seem to brush off their addictions like they are minor problems? Celebrities check into “rehab centers” that resemble a five-star resort instead of a center that’s supposed to help treat problems.
One of the favorite “rehab centers” for the stars is Promises in Malibu. Celebrities pay up to $90,000 to gain access to incredible views, luxury suites (they offer one called the Princess Suite), giant swimming pools, a spa, a massage room and gourmet dining.
Danny Bonaduce, former childhood star who has been to Promises, says that these kinds of facilities are “country clubs that don’t have the decency to have a bar.”
What do all these spectacular amenities offer the celebrity in their recovery? Celebrities, because of their fame and notoriety seem to get off easy when it comes to crime and addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that between 40 and 60 percent of patients relapse after treatment.
Scott Disick is not alone in his battle with addictions. Other stars like Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes and Chris Brown have been to rehab several times to treat their problems.
Celebrities are put on a pedestal by their fans and their lives are always broadcasted for the world to see but does that give them an excuse to get off easy? Celebrities have money and y power but it seems that it is doing them harm when it comes to their addictions. They check into five star resorts instead of getting the help that they need.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, AKA Dr. Drew, has worked with numerous celebrities with their addictions and he says, “Bottom line is that celebrities are no different from the rest of us. They suffer the very same psychiatric and medical problems that afflict us all.” Dr. Drew is tired of celebrities using excuses for their drug and alcohol problems.
Scott Disick checked into rehab on October 14 again. Hopefully he gets the treatment that he needs to get better and didn’t just check in for the spa and gourment food.
Keeley Gould is a fourth-year student majoring in English and minoring in journalism. She can be reached at KG787739@wcupa.edu.