Latest Adult Industry Tragedies Fueled By Addiction
Recently, there have been a slew of tragedies that have impacted the adult film industry. Within the past three months, five porn performers have lost their lives due to suicides or overdoses. Even more tragic is the fact that addiction played a big role in most of these deaths. We know it’s easy to cast judgment on actors in this field (and we know that a majority of news readers often do), but these are real people earning honest wages and their deaths should not be taken lightly. Rolling Stone recently did a profile on the actors who passed, emphasizing the “crisis” now facing that industry as a whole.
This is certainly a story that’s close to home, as the center of the adult industry is right in our backyard (within the San Fernando section of Los Angeles). Olivia Lua, who was a rising star in the field, passed away this month in a recovery clinic based in West Hollywood. Her cause of death was listed as a “relapse” to prescription drugs and followed a series of cryptic Twitter posts, which may have foreshadowed her demise.
Here is one that was posted shortly before Lua’s overdose, which many believe was a description of her own addiction battles.
I feel it everywhere, nothing scares me anymore 🌙 pic.twitter.com/oi4QMoBVgj
— Olivia Lua † (@OliviaxLua) January 17, 2018
Just 23-years-old, Olivia was heavily mourned throughout the adult industry. Another performer, Shyla Stylez, was found dead in her sleep this past December at the age of 35. Though her final toxicology reports have not been released, she publicly battled drug addictions for years and it is suspected that she had overdosed the night prior. And just a few weeks before that, 31-year-old industry veteran Yurizan Beltran reportedly OD’d on prescription pills.
There have also been a rash of suicides in recent months, which may have spurred by drug or alcohol abuse. The Rolling Stone article chronicled each death and pointed out the mental stresses that go along with working in this industry. Whether it’s cyber-stalking, social media bullying or even a lack of job opportunities after you reach a certain age, it is clear that this is a challenging field to be working in. And we, for one, are very sympathetic to those who are dealing with these types of trauma or mental anguish.
Adult actress Nikki Hearts offered an insightful quote to the site. “Performers like us are suffering because we’re not being taken care of by the industry that we give everything to,” she explained. “There’s no person saying, ‘What you’re dealing with is really difficult mentally, it’s taking a toll on you.'”
We want to strongly emphasize that there is no judgment when it comes to recovery. Whatever field you’re working in; if you have a problem, please seek out help and let a team of trained, caring professionals help you overcome your addictions. 866-986-2486