Have you recently seen The Late Late Show with James Corden, and his carpool karaoke with Sia? If not, you need to watch it now.
Sia Carpool Karaoke: Let’s Talk About Addiction, Recovery, And Privacy
The skit really plays out like any other carpool jam session with James Corden, until Sia admits recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction play a big part in why she wears a wig in public and in front of the cameras.
“I was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I sobered up and I decided I didn’t want to be an artist anymore, because I started to get a little bit famous and it was destabilizing in someways. So, I thought, what doesn’t exist in pop music at the moment? And it was mystery,” stated Sia.
If you understand recovery or happen to be in recovery yourself, you get it. It’s about more than just privacy and anonymity – it’s also about humility. It’s like Clark Kent’s glasses in Superman; the wig enables Sia to be herself without fame dictating who she is or who she should be. If anything, it’s very admirable that Sia cares more about her own recovery and self than fame and fortune.
There are those that are proud to talk about their recovery from addiction and there are those who would rather remain anonymous. Some remain anonymous because they want to respect the traditions of their 12-step program, while others remain anonymous because they fear the social stigma about addicts and alcoholics prevents them from opening up at a public level.
The great news is that the stigma surrounding addiction is slowly changing, and it’s because people are speaking up about their recovery. When everyday people and especially celebrities open up about their addiction and recovery, it gives hope to those who may be struggling, or those who are in recovery but are scared of what others might think. Sia’s revelation about her past with addiction helps pave the way for addicts and alcoholics across the nation.
People in recovery are just like anyone else, and deserve to be treated equally. Do you have an opinion about the stigma of addiction and anonymity? Please feel free to share in the comment feed below. We want to hear from you!Tags: break the stigma, celebrities in recovery, the anonymous people