SSubstance abuse is scary enough when you’re a regular citizen, but trying to deal with it as a celebrity has got to be one of the toughest businesses you can get into. by Johnny Depp The history of substances is long and has an origin that we may never know. However, we can easily identify defining moments that could have accentuated his relationship with certain substances. In the lawsuit against Amber Heard, her therapist reported that Johnny Depp struggled with benzodiazepines, stimulants, alcohol and opioids. Almost all of these substances can kill you at any time, which is why it is always possible to investigate the reason for their consumption. First, we’ll go back to the decade of the 90s when Depp ran the legendary nightclub known as “The Viper Room”.
It all may have started with the death of River Phoenix.
In the 90s, Johnny Depp decided to open a bohemian style nightclub which he named “The Viper Room”. He became even more famous than before thanks to all the theme parties he organized alongside his girlfriend. But tragedy struck when up-and-coming actor River Phoenix tragically died of an overdose just outside the clubhouse entrance. While it’s not his fault by any stretch of the imagination, Depp certainly got some backlash from the media and it could have pushed him further. But there is another encounter in his life that may have pushed him even further.
Enter Hunter S. Thompson.
River Phoenix’s death took place in October 1993, Johnny Depp met legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson in 1994. For those who don’t know, Depp played Hunter in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. If you’ve seen this movie, you know how extreme the writer was with his drug addiction. It’s impossible not to consider him a major influence on Johnny Depp from the moment they met. When Thompson passed away, his last wish was granted by Johnny Depp. During the “Graham Norton Show”, Johnny revealed that Hunter requested that his ashes be launched into the stratosphere on a rocket and that Depp was the only one crazy enough to do so. The loss of such a dear friend who was also a major cultural figure in drug use was bound to have an impact on Johnny.