Jada Pinkett-Smith Talks Battle with Sex Addiction

July 11, 2018

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I love that more and more celebrities are speaking out about their battles with mental health issues and addiction. Both of these are huge issues in our country and there's still a lot of stigma around admitting that you have anxiety or you are an alcoholic. Although there seems to be a lot more education on these conditions, there are still a lot of uninformed people that pass judgment and shame those that live with them. 

The latest celebrity to come and share her story with the World is Jada Pinkett-Smith, wife of Will Smith. She did a Red Table Talk on Facebook and talked about various vices she's dealt with throughout her life including sex addiction, alcohol misuse disorder, and an addiction to working out at the gym. “I was in the house by myself and I had those two bottles of wine and was going for the third bottle,” she said. “And I was like, ‘Now hold up. You’re in this house by yourself going onto your third bottle of wine? You might have a problem.’”

That video hits close to home for me. While I am not living with an addiction or in recovery for an addiction, I have had it in my family and with someone who was very close to me. It nearly wrecked me last May because my living situation became so toxic that it was starting to impact my health, sleep, mood, school work, and my job. Initially, I withdrew and isolated myself becasue I was so embarassed that these things were happening under my roof and that I was choosing to stay. I had enough shame and guilt that I was worried that friends and family would just make me feel worse. 

The great news is I knew I had to make a change and I became empowered to get out of that situation by going the therapy and working through issues within me. 

Addiction is more common than you may think. Even if it hasn't touched you, your family, or someone close to you it likely has impacted more people than you realize. According to a report in the Journal of American Medicine Association, one in eight Americans could be considered alcoholics. And that number is only on the rise. It seems like a day does not go by without some new report on how bad the opioid epidemic has grown. 

But there is help for those that are in active addiction and want to find the road to recovery. If you're the family, friend, or loved one of someone in active addiction, there's also help for you too. Addiction is a diease and it will take down those misusing substances or other things and those around them.