On the heels of our earlier report that Melissa Gilbert was speaking out about teen and family drug issues as the new spokesperson for The Partnership of Drugfree.org, we have another celebrity sharing their personal story.   Amanda Beard, US Olympic swimming phenom and gold medalist is going to share her stories of growing up a drug and alcohol user.    Beard, who also suffered from eating disorders, will reveal the intimate and dark part of her life in a new memoir that she is writing.    It is called In the water They can’t see you cry.

Beard, who seemingly has always had a smile on her face, says the memoir is more about helping others, than satisfying her own need to tell her story.  Beard has said in recent interviews that she hopes the memoir “will help others, especially high school and college-aged women, who may be dealing with some of the same issues.”    It will be interesting to see if she was a drug and alcohol user around the time she was training for both the 1996 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games.

Each time a celebrity comes forward with their admission of  drug use, it further dispels the silly myth that some believe that drug and alcohol use is only prevalent in bad neighborhoods, with bad teens, in low income families.   Beard is an example of someone who grew up in a great community with good parents.    But even in the best communities, there is heavy drinking and drug use by students in high school and college.   Even in the best communities, home drug testing is needed.   Lets hope her memoir helps out teen females recognize that lifestyle is not one to follow.

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