Bon Jovi’s Daughter Latest Celebrity Offspring to Struggle with Drugs
Earlier this week, Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, music legend Jon Bon Jovi’s daughter, made headlines for reportedly overdosing on heroin in her college dorm room. She was also arrested for drug possession after police found illegal drugs in her dorm room. While the drug possession charges were later dropped (Bongiovi had less than 8 ounces of heroin in her possession), Bongiovi is the latest celebrity offspring to struggle with substance abuse.
Bongiovi, a 19-year old student at Hamilton College in upstate New York, was reportedly found “unresponsive” just after 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning. She is currently recovering in an unnamed hospital; her famous father, Jon Bon Jovi, has declined to comment on his daughter.
Celebrity Offspring Battle Substance Abuse
Bon Jovi is certainly not the first celebrity parent to face a child’s substance abuse problems. Redmond O’Neal, the son of the late Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett, has also struggled with heroin abuse. Arrested multiple times for possession and drug use, O’Neal was actually behind bars when his mother passed away. He was briefly released, with his feet still in shackles, to say a final goodbye before Fawcett’s death.
Michael Douglas’s son, Kirk Douglas, was arrested in 2010 for selling large quantities of methamphetamine’s at an upscale hotel in New York City. Michael Douglas blamed himself for the arrest. In a five-page letter to the judge, Douglas cited his family’s history of addiction, coupled with his son growing up a single child in a bad marriage, as reasons for his son’s drug problems.
Whether a troubled childhood, the pressures of a parent’s fame, or easy access to drugs and money is the cause for addiction, as a parent, it is important to take responsibility and stop enabling a child’s substance abuse.
How to Help a Child with Substance Abuse
As thousands of parents know, one does not have to be a celebrity to have a child that struggles with substance abuse. The first step is acknowledging that the child has a problem and stopping any patterns of behavior that are enabling the addiction. This includes cutting off financial support that enables a child to fun his or her drug habit.
Parents should also contact in-patient drug and alcohol treatment centers. A drug counselor at a treatment center can help parents plan a successful intervention that enables their child to get help and get healthy.