Top Five Teen-Idol Rehab Alumni
So when it was announced, much to our surprise, that Dallas-born teen pop starlet Demi Lovato had checked into
rehab an inpatient treatment center, we pondered celebrities past who have struggled on the seemingly tumultuous road that is teen stardom.
5. Amy Winehouse: It's hard to remember this songstress wasn't always a train wreck. But Winehouse, who is now often (and aptly) referred to as "Wino," showed much promise in the early days of her career. After attending various London theatre schools for vocal training, the then 19-year-old released her platinum-selling debut album, 2003's Frank.
Though she achieved career success overnight, she encountered struggles along the way; in 2006, the once-zaftig singer gradually became emaciated due to her incessant substance abuse, becoming a regular in rehab throughout the latter half of the decade. Suddenly, her single "Rehab" seemed less comical and more autobiographical.
4. Lindsay Lohan: Considering Lohan broke into the business at the tender age of three, landing gigs as a child model and appearing in over 100 commercials, it's not surprising she has since struggled to independently find her own place in the world. After starring in a string of Disney flicks (The Parent Trap, Life-Size, Freaky Friday), the actress tried her hand in the music industry, releasing debut album Speak at the age of 18 in 2003.
Just three years later, Lohan's fast track to stardom hit a wall: More specifically, the wall of Wonderland Rehabilitation Center, where she completed her first 30-day stint for drug and alcohol addiction. After countless subsequent legal mishaps - including DUIs, misdemeanor counts for possession of cocaine, court appearances, SCRAM bracelets, nail-polish scribbles, and imprisonment - the wannabe pop singer makes us struggle to remember the innocent redhead we cooed over in her Disney Days. Or is it Disney Daze?
3. Leif Garrett: The '70s teen sensation signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records at the mere age of 15, releasing a stream of radio hits, including his cover of "Runaround Sue," and later, "I Was Made for Dancin'." But it was Garrett's endless misfortune with drug addiction that kept him a household name years later.
In 1979, at the peak of his pop stardom, Garrett crashed his car while under the influence of Quaaludes, leaving his best friend a paraplegic. Unfortunately, Garrett doesn't seem to be learning life's crucial lessons as he ages; just earlier this year, the now 48-year-old former teen star was arrested for possession of narcotics - black tar heroin, to be exact. Three decades after achieving such success as a teen sensation, Garrett found himself once again entering a court-ordered rehabilitation program.