Aaron Carter Denies that Michael Jackson Gave Him Drugs
There’s been a lot of stuff flying around the tabloids about Aaron Carter and whether or not he was given drugs by Michael Jackson. Though initial reports were adamant that Carter was reporting not only the gift of drugs by Jackson but actually sharing drugs and getting high together when he was well under the legal drinking age, Carter has made a point of coming forward to say that all those early stories were blatantly untrue – he never said anything like that and no such relationship or incident ever occurred between him and Michael Jackson.
According to Perez Hilton, Carter had this to say about his experience with MJ: “It was fun. I personally didn’t see any drug addiction issues [with Michael]. The time that I spent with him, yes, he was fine.”
Though the younger brother of a Backstreet Boy said he had some alcohol while at a party at Neverland, Jackson never gave it to him and definitely never gave him anything else.
Drug Abuse and Addiction Rumors
Because Michael Jackson famously died of a drug overdose, many instantly assume that any rumors that imply that he did anything related to drugs and alcohol must be true. It’s part of the stigma of addiction. Most will find that after they go to drug rehab, people will instantly assume that any found drugs are theirs or that any bad behavior – with bad results – was caused by them and that they’ve relapsed as a result. It’s not uncommon to be accused of things you didn’t do once people find out that drug addiction was a part of your past. How you handle it, however, can make all the difference in the world.
Dealing with the Stigma of Drug Addiction in Recovery
It’s something that can be extremely frustrating in recovery. People will often assume that you are using drugs and alcohol and hiding it even when you aren’t. If anything goes missing – especially money or valuables – many will assume that the recovering addict is responsible. Act a little out of character and some will assume that you’re high or drunk.
The best way to handle these accusations is to take them calmly. Don’t get defensive and don’t get angry. Especially if they have dealt with you during your addiction, they are likely scared that it could happen again. Give it time. Showing them with your actions that you’re doing well and avoiding relapse will be much more effective than throwing a fit.