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Looking Back at Judy Garland’s Severe Case of Addiction

Throughout the time American cinema started to explode with popularity. Many stars and starlets began to capture the hearts of the public. But perhaps one of the most iconic and beloved is Judy Garland. Even today, fans young and old adore the actress for her childlike demeanor. Not to mention her gorgeous singing voice. Today, in 2019, moviegoers still cherish one of her most memorable roles as Dorothy Gale, the innocent yet strong-willed lead character in The Wizard of Oz (1939), still considered one of the greatest films of all time. Nevertheless, in real life, Garland did not walk down a shining yellow brick road. Instead she faced many dark forests on her ascension to fame. Eventually resulting in her tragic death. Let’s take a closer look at Judy Garland and her severe case of addiction to drugs.

A Hardcore Work Schedule

Needless to say, living the life of a Hollywood icon is not easy, particularly for such young people. During the filming for Babes in Arms and Loves Finds Andy Hardy, Judy Garland starting consuming “pep pills” to keep up with her grueling work, and, in the same manner as all the other child stars at the time, she was given sleeping pills to conserve energy. At the time she was filming The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland had started consuming more drugs. This included amphetamines and barbiturates, which allowed her to maintain a slender physique and stay energized. Although she had become an icon of Hollywood, the actress had developed a severe form of dependency.

Scrambling for Success, to No Avail

Although she managed to gain a few acting roles here and there, following her masterclass performance as Dorothy, Garland’s tardiness and additional behavior stemming from her addiction resulted in her displacement from Hollywood. In the blink of an eye, an icon had slipped from her pedestal to the hard floor of reality. This lead to one of the most tragic cases of drug addiction since Marilyn Monroe. Finally, on June 22, 1969, Judy Garland died from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47. Although her story might be sad, we can only hope she has found solace somewhere over the rainbow.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism    

Throughout history, many wonderful people including Judy Garland have been claimed by dangerous drugs, and, unfortunately, hundreds more are dying as a result of overdoses each year. However, you do not have to be among the casualties of the Opioid Crisis, crystal meth scares, or additional drug-related incidences poisoning our country. You can take a stand and overcome your mental illness. With the right amount of perseverance, patience, and love, anything is possible.

Are you suffering from a severe case of drug addiction or alcoholism? Is your friend or loved one also suffering from this sickness? In either case, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.