Last summer, we were saddened to hear about the passing of Toby Sheldon in a hotel room. He was famous for spending almost 100,000 on plastic surgery procedures to look like Justin Bieber, and being featured on the popular show Botched.
Recently, the coroner for Sheldon reported he died of accidental overdose.
Last summer, Sheldon was found in a Motel 6 in San Fernando Valley, California on August 21. He was reported missing on August 18.
The Los Angeles County coroner reports Sheldon had multiple drugs in his system. Most of the drugs found were painkillers. This is not a surprised with prescription opioid overdose death rates having quadrupled since 1999. Opioids are the most overprescribed and easiest drugs to get in the United States, especially if you’re someone like Sheldon who has underwent multiple surgeries.
The Addictive Personality
Many will say it makes sense Sheldon was addicted to drugs. He seemed to be addicted to plastic surgery, so he must have had an addictive personality. While this falls in line with his actions, an addictive personality isn’t a psychiatric condition. According to the medical director for the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, “Personalities are very complex, and while there’s not one specific type that’s more prone to addiction then others, there are several factors that can combine to make you more likely to become addicted.”
This is likely what happened with Sheldon. His addictions may have simply started with an adoration for the Canadian-pop star Justin Bieber. He enjoyed his music, his looks, and all of the attention he was getting from people around the world. He yearned for that attention for some reason, and this likely led him to believe if he could just look like Bieber, he would receive similar acclaim.
As he received plastic surgery procedures to change his appearance, people likely reacted to it, and this fueled him to continue. He was getting what he wanted, and knew that if he continued he would get more attention.
Due to the extensiveness of his plastic surgery procedures, he was likely prescribed highly-addictive painkillers. As he continued with his plastic surgery procedures, he probably continued receiving painkillers because he knew he needed them to cope with the pain. In time, he likely felt that he couldn’t live without the painkillers, and as he took larger doses because of his increasing tolerance, he reached a point where the dosages were lethal.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we care about our patients. We are hypervigilant when dealing with addiction. It’s why we offer free consultations, and let our current and prospective patients know when we suspect addiction may be a problem.
If you or a loved one has become addicted to plastic surgery and you fear he or she may also become addicted to painkillers, seek help through organizations such as National Institute on Drug Abuse or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.