The Shia Labeouf while drugs and alcohol became regular staples of his life has had all the signs of an addict spiraling out of control. Labeouf’s behavior has been snowballing almost since he first began to make the transition from Disney child star to film actor. Today he faces two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal trespassing and one count of harassment, after he was escorted by New York police out of the Broadway show Cabaret.
“I grew up with a bunch of hippies, and marijuana was always around,” The young actor has said, “It has never been a monster for me. But I definitely saw from a very young age what drugs can do to you.”
While sometimes it’s difficult for an addict or alcoholic to admit their life is becoming unmanageable as the result of drugs and alcohol, Shia is not unfamiliar with the principals of sober living. He has reportedly had short lengths of sobriety throughout his career, and said he remembers attending AA meeting with his father when he was a child. LaBeouf has stated that his father, who is a Vietnam Veteran, was abusive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol during his childhood.
Early on LaBeouf has had his own behavior show the signs that drugs and alcohol don’t mix well. In February 2005, was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon; in November 2007, he was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing while intoxicated he refused to leave a liquor store after hours. In July 2009, Labeouf flipped his Ford F-150 in an accident he was reported to be intoxicated during.
Since his latest public outbursts and embarrassments, including standing on the red carpet with a paper bag on his head reading “I am not famous anymore,” and hiring a skywriter to apologize for plagiarizing, the 28 year old actor has voluntarily asked for outpatient care to deal with his drinking addiction, following his arrest. While Shia Labeouf and drugs clearly seem to spell out trouble, only time will tell if he’s really committed to putting recovery first today.