He used to be the wild front man for bands like Happy Mondays and Black Grape, but now Shaun Ryder is reformed and he’s talking about why he developed a crippling heroin addiction in the first place – shyness. Ryder says that he spent 10 years of his music career struggling with stage fright and that heroin was how he managed to get himself to go on stage when he was most scared of facing crowds.
Ryder wrote an autobiography about his experiences as a musician and while he can open up with ease via a pen and paper, it’s much different in person. Ryder told BBC: “I don’t mind attention writing a book but the front man thing was a bit of a bad idea. It’s a different sort of attention. For someone who is quite shy, being the front man of a rock ‘n’ roll band is not really a good idea. I enjoyed it but it was still difficult.”
Teens and Using Drugs to Overcome Fears
The issues of self-consciousness and feeling awkward are common among teenagers and many in recovery for drug and alcohol abuse report that they abuse alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to self-medicate those issues. Drugs can make teens feel more social, less inhibited, and erase concerns about how they appear in the eyes of others. The irony is that their behavior under the influence and the lack of inhibition can lead them to do things that make things much more difficult for them socially in the long run. It’s not uncommon for normally shy teens to agree to take compromising pictures or videos, have unprotected sex, or take dangerous risks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol – and then feel embarrassed when the consequences of those actions reach them at school through online postings over the weeks that follow.
Helping Teens Find Better Ways to Cope With Social Awkwardness
Parents who see the signs of social issues in their teens as well as signs of drug and/or alcohol abuse can help their teens to learn better coping skills to deal with debilitating shyness. Positive support and encouragement can go a long way as well as firm boundaries around drug and alcohol abuse. If these attempts to help your teen don’t work, Newport Academy can help, providing inpatient and outpatient treatment that will give your teen the skills that will serve them better than alcohol abuse. Call now for more information.