Contamination, Power, And Truth: Lessons From Charlie Sheen
Reportedly, this hiatus will last until the end of the season, at least, and it seems the final straw (because, there were plenty of reasons up until this point to just flip the off switch for now) was Sheen’s most recent (at the date of this writing) radio rant.
As The Huffington Post reported (with an included audio recording), Sheen spent his Thursday appearance on the Alex Jones Radio Show:
[…] touting his mental curing abilities, ninja training, magic fingertips and, most consequentially, ripping “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre – whom he later challenged to an ultimate fighting match.
Sheen also referred to Lorre as a “contaminated little maggot” who “can’t handle [his] power and […] truth.”
Hmm. Let’s talk about contamination, power, and truth, shall we?
Dr. Drew Pinsky noted Sheen’s behavior seems manic – that the behavior his is exhibiting consists of “bi-polar, manic symptoms” – and at this point, I do think Sheen’s problems stem beyond just substance abuse and whatever kind of rehab treatment he’s receiving.
But, whether he’s dealing with addiction, mental health issues, or both, the truth remains that Sheen’s behavior has indeed been powerful: It has contaminated everyone around him.
Instead of lying low and focusing only on himself and his health until he truly learned to manage his addictions, Sheen spread his illness as far as it would reach and effectively shut down the livelihoods of everyone he works with.
Sure, most of the actors, writers, and higher ups on the crew won’t starve (and they’ll probably receive the rest of the season’s pay), but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be pretty ticked off that the rest of their season’s work has been ripped out from under them.
And what about the cameramen? The makeup artists? The wardrobe people? All the employees who rely on full season-long contracts? Will they receive the rest of the season’s pay? Even if they do, is it fair to expect them to be happy about not working the rest of the season?
Usually, the “Lessons From…” posts here at Celebrity Psychings are on the happier side. They’re meant to be inspirational and uplifting, or offer a new way of looking at things.
This is not the case with Charlie Sheen’s lesson.
Charlie Sheen’s lesson is meant to show us that even if you are suffering from addiction and mental illness, it is ultimately your responsibility to get help. Sure, there might be people in your life who point you in the right direction, but it is your responsibility to go in that direction and learn to manage the problems. If you don’t, your illnesses spread to affect the people you love, work with, and rely on.
Addiction and mental health problems can be tough enough to control on their own; refuse to treat and manage them, and addiction and mental health problems can be outright devastating for everyone involved.
Can you relate to Sheen’s co-workers? Has anyone in your life ever suffered from addiction and mental illness so wildly out of control that its effects on you went beyond the expected mental and emotional pain and seriously hindered your own life?
How did you deal with it?
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Sparks, A. (2011). Contamination, Power, And Truth: Lessons From Charlie Sheen. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 6, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2011/02/contamination-power-and-truth-lessons-from-charlie-sheen/