Are Child Stars More Likely to Use Drugs and Alcohol?

by Nicole Weaver

There have been many movies and television shows that created huge child stars. Sometimes their stardom is due to their actual acting and singing talent. But a lot of the time it is due to their cuteness and likability. However, we have seen many of these stars grow up and struggle with drugs and alcohol. There have been far too many child stars dying tragic deaths due to substance abuse and more. But is this an exaggerated problem created by the media? Are child stars more likely to use drugs and alcohol?

First of all, there are successful and relatively stable adult actors who started working at a young age. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more, are proof that this can be done. However, we seem to hear more about the child stars turned troubled adults in the media. That includes Amanda Bynes who was reportedly under involuntary psychiatric hold before going to rehab. Then there’s Lindsay Lohan who tanked a once viable career and admitted to being addicted to cocaine and Adderall to Oprah Winfrey.

WXSS/Milwaulkee Adds Ryan Gibbons To Riggs and Alley In Morning Drive

September 8, 2016

Ryan Gibbons begins a new adventure on September 12 as he joins Milwaukee CHR WXSS (103.7 Kiss-FM) as on-air/producer for Riggs and Alley in Morning Drive. Gibbons comes from KZOK-FM in Seattle where he served as on-air/producer for the Danny Bonaduce Show.

VP/Operations Brian Kelly said “Ryan is the perfect addition to our fun house that is Riggs and Alley in the morning. He’ll enhance what is already one of the top morning shows in town and I’m really looking forward to what he brings to the table.”

Riggs and Alley added "We’re building something big in Milwaukee, and Ryan is going to help us lay a foundation for the next generation of local morning radio. We’re ecstatic to bring his knowledge, work ethic, infectious passion, and experience to a show with an already supreme amount of momentum."

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 7-13 - Happy Birthday From ALL Your Fans Danny! By The Associated Press August 7, 2016 12:52 am

Aug. 13: Actor Kevin Tighe (”Emergency,” “Murder One”) is 72. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 57. Actor John Slattery (”Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”) is 54. Actress Debi Mazar is 52. Actress Quinn Cummings (”Family”) is 49. Country singer Andy Griggs is 43. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 38. Actress Kathryn Fiore (”Reno 911!”) is 37. Actor Sebastian Stan (”Captain America”) is 34. Singer James Morrison is 32. Actress Lennon Stella (”Nashville”) is 17.

Danny's Former Assistant Jaclyn Bradley Palmer releases new Album Posted By Jeff Niesel on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Most famous as Danny Bonaduce’s assistant on Vh1’s documentary-style series Breaking Bonaduce, Northeast Ohio native Jaclyn Bradley Palmer is also a singer-songwriter.

Back in 2007, she moved back to Cleveland and worked as a hospital music therapist where she researched how music could be used to help patients get through difficult surgeries. Currently living in the Netherlands, she launched a Kickstarter campaign last year for an album she’s dubbed The Dutch Sessions.

“This project created itself,” she said at the time. “I have a baby who’s a year and a half. I had been away from the music and I was inspired by being here and all the new adventures that I’m a part of. I thought it would be cool to record an album here. The songs have poured out. I wrote the first four or five songs in a week. I have a studio and producer and musicians lined up. The songs are indie rock, singer-songwriter songs. This came into my head less than a month ago. It’s grown wings.”

Danny riding in Seattle's Pride Parade 06/26/2016

Photo: R. Lurie
POSTED 5:16 PM, JUNE 26, 2016, BY JANET KIM,
SEATTLE – Seattle’s Pride Parade drew another record-breaking crowd, with an estimated 400,000 people.

Organizers say in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando, celebrating pride showcased the city’s ability to celebrate unity.

Music, costumes and cheer filled the streets of downtown Seattle for the annual pride parade. Bright and colorful floats stood out among the crowd, but so did this one from Entre Hermanos, with pictures of the lives lost in Orlando after a mass shooting earlier this month at pulse, a well-known gay night club.

“The Latino community is really hurt because especially because it happens in the Latino LGBTQ and Latino community also,” said Sergio Miranda with Entre Hermanos.

The Fitts family is from Orlando but wanted to stand in solidarity with their hometown during their visit to Seattle.

“To think about the 49 lives lost in our home state- can’t help to think about that and just hope that something like that doesn’t happen again,” said Jennifer Fitts.

It's a sense of unity that even brought out elementary students Mikela Gibbs and Maddey Hill, who wanted to show the message of love transcends all ages.