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From Laguna Beach to The Hills: The Addiction Story of Kristin Cavallari

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Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County started as the spotlight for the show’s original star, Lauren Conrad. She was the narrator of the first season and the show followed her, alongside the adventures of other main cast members including Morgan Olsen and Trey Phillips. Throughout the first season, Conrad and Kristin Cavallari were rivals for the love of Stephen Colletti. Cavallari, herself, was finishing up her junior year as the series began. Things changed direction, however, in the second season after Conrad had graduated from high school and Cavallari took the focus of the show.

When the second season started, the stories focused on the conflict between Cavallari and her friends, Alex Hooser and Jessica Smith, and Taylor Cole and Alex Murrel. While Cavallari sought to remain single, she also wanted to continue her friendship with Colletti, which brought challenges for them to focus on their new dynamic in season two. Talan Torriero was another person finishing up their junior year in season one and became a focus in season two. He developed romantic aspirations to date both Cavallari and Cole but neither one of them wanted to date him.

After Cavallari graduated high school, she left the series. She moved onto a spinoff series from Laguna Beach: The Hills. The beginning of the new series focused a great deal on Conrad for the first five seasons until Cavallari came onto the series in season 5. The series also focused on other cast members like Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, and Heidi Montag. At the end of season four, Port left the series to pursue a job with Diane von Furstenberg.

Cavallari joined the series and became the main focus of the show, despite Conrad finishing up ten episodes to close out her storylines in season 5. With the beginning of season five, Spencer Pratt started a flirtation with Stacie Hall, a bartender, and this upset Montag. The two sought to salvage their relationship through couples’ counseling, ultimately deciding to officially marry after becoming engaged once more. Conrad had ended her friendship with Montag in season three after she thought Montag and Pratt created rumors of a sex tape that involved her and Jason Wahler. With Conrad’s final appearance on the show in season five and a reconciliation with Montag, Cavallari caught the bouquet at the wedding and she assumed the spotlight on the show.

Cavallari, herself, started casually dating Justin Brescia. This led to Patridge severing ties with Brescia. She eventually also began dating Brody Jenner before she decided to move to Europe. The subject of whether or not Cavallari abused drugs during her time on the show and needed rehab help has been something discussed. Stephanie Pratt drove under the influence and was arrested. She might have needed an alcohol rehab Laguna Beach.

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, 24.6 million US citizens, 12 years or older, abused a drug during the past month in 2013. This was a 9.4 percent representation of the population. It marked an increase from 8.3 percent in 2002. The rumored drug problem seemed to start after a wild weekend in Miami. Perez Hilton reported that Cavallari was wasted the entire time she was down in Miami for the weekend of The Super Bowl. “She was wasted the entire time,” a source in the report stated. “She was going around to everyone, asking them to score her some coke.”

Cavallari explained things as the months leading to the end of The Hills series came closer. She said a producer on The Hills put some of her costars up to making up rumors about her doing drugs. “One of the producers told the girls he would give them some gifts, specifically a Birkin bag, if they had talked about me doing drugs on camera,” Cavallari told E! News. “So the girls took the bait and the next thing I know we got home and everything and [the alleged drug use] is in one of the tabloids that I have this huge drug problem and I need to go to rehab.”

However, while she stated she felt used, she admitted in another interview that she had abused cocaine in the past. “Yeah I have,” Cavallari stated. “I tried it in high school. I admitted it! I don’t like being around it. I think it’s kind of a shady disgusting drug.”

While it appears Pratt may need an alcohol rehab Laguna Beach, it does not appear she is admitting to abusing drugs in the present. Such actions by her co-stars, however, made her feel pretty upset. “The hardest part through all of that stuff was that I felt so used,” Cavallari stated. “I realized at that moment that I didn’t matter — none of us mattered — it was just all about ratings and what producers could do to get people talking about the show.”

Cavallari may have come to realize that all of Hollywood is a show. Her life was swallowed up by fame and, since 2013, she has been lying low after a couple of appearances on The League and sticking by her husband, Jay Cutler, a quarterback for The Miami Dolphins, and their children. While still active on social media, she seems content with not being as active in the spotlight. Yet, her latest Instagram post is making us wonder what’s next for her and Cutler. “The end of another chapter,” she wrote. “Feeling very grateful for the past few months. Thank you @miamidolphins for taking such great care of me and my family. Back home and this time we took Jay with us. #ItsBeenRealFL.”

Cavallari has all of us excited to see exactly where the world takes her next.

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.


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