The life of a child star is often a complicated one and many actors in the past have had battles with substances, from Lindsey Lohan to Macauley Culkin, Drew Barrymore and many more.
Shaun Weiss, one of the stars of cult classic Mighty Ducks, has now spoken out about his battle with addiction in a rare interview with 9 News in Australia.
Weiss, now aged 44, hit the headlines a few years ago when arrested for theft, and he’s now openly discussing his battle with methamphetamine and heroin, which saw him arrested several times and struggle with his health.
After a spell in a private drug rehab he was able to get clean and is now in recovery. Speaking on the Today Extra show, he said:
“I’m feeling better than I have in years and being able to get back and do movies again is, like, just a dream come true.
“I’ll be honest, when all that stuff was going on, I really never thought that I’d be at a spot where I could look back at all that in my rear-view mirror.
“So to be able to be here now, I feel like I got a second chance.”
Weiss is one of a number of child stars who have suffered down the years, but the actor, who played Greg Goldberg in the 1992 movie, believes it wasn’t necessary Hollywood that caused it in his case, but rather his battle with depression, which he figured out during his time in rehabilitation and therapy.
In fact, he goes on to discuss how his Mighty Ducks co-stars were there to support him during his most difficult period…
“That support has really meant everything to me, because I just got to a spot where I really didn’t care about myself as much.
“But I really didn’t want to let all these people down that were pulling for me.”
Weiss is now hoping that by sharing his experiences, he can encourage and inspire others to get the help they so desperately need in order to turn their lives around and get on track. Drug addiction is a deadly condition that can destroy lives and the lives of those around them and if you are suffering, there are a number of options for help, whether that be friends and family, your doctor, charities and drug rehabs. Do it before it’s too late.