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Addiction Treatment in America throughout History

  Approximately ten percent of the human population is addicted to mind-altering substances. Most of these people cannot stop using on their own and need help. Since the birth of America as a colony, addicts have sought help to stop using through various treatment methods, and some have remained viable for centuries. The first known self-help groups in America were conducted by Native Americans, who had been living on American soil for thousands of years prior to white settlement. Europeans brought a flurry of new ideas, technology, and culture with them to the new world. Unfortunately, these settlers also brought alcohol with them. The introduction of colonists and their alcohol in the lives of Native Americans proved to be devastating. Today, some theories suggest Native American people are genetically susceptible to addiction. … Read entire article »

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“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

  Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public. In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part … Read entire article »

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Cory Monteith Dies at 31 From Apparent Drug Overdose

  Cory Monteith made headlines earlier this year after entering rehab for a second time, with the support of his co-star and real life love, Lea Michele. Just a few years prior, Monteith gave interviews in which he candidly addressed his out-of-control past and addiction, noting that he was “lucky to be alive” (Donnelly). Sadly, it seems that the 31-year-old actor succumbed to his addiction once more, and died this past Saturday from an apparent drug overdose (Mandell). Unfortunately, this story is not unique – people just like Cory Monteith die every day from drug overdoses and other drug-related causes. Cory Monteith skyrocketed to fame when he got the role of Finn Hudson on the hit show ‘Glee’. Since then, he had been candid about his struggles with addiction, stating that he’d … Read entire article »

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Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

Tweak: A Story of Hope Lost and Hope Found

  There are some pieces of literature that paint vivid, accurate pictures of the lives of using addicts. Among these greats is the memoir Tweak, a book that chronicles Nic Sheff‘s journey of addiction, rehab, recovery, relapse, and all of the terrifying, bewildering, and amazing moments that amounted to his life at the time. When I read this book, I cried and laughed and sat in the confusion that describes my own journey into addiction, including time … Read entire article »

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Jesse James Admits Daughter Chandler went to Rehab for Substance Abuse

  Jesse James is addressing the buzz surrounding recently surfaced photographs that depict his 18-year-old daughter, Chandler, inhaling methamphetamine at a party. Chandler checked into a rehab center in April to battle her addiction to several substances; including meth. According to her dad, she is now actively sober, and participating in 12-step programs. Following her dad’s footsteps, I guess: James also revealed that he has been clean and sober for 13 years. The video and photographs that surfaced showed a wired Chandler either snorting or smoking the highly addictive, highly potent drug methamphetamine. Apparently, it was no secret in her Texas hometown that the 18-year-old liked to party hard and get high; going so far as to huff keyboard cleaner to get a high. Thankfully, the teenage daughter of biker icon Jesse … Read entire article »

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Lindsay Lohan’s Rehab Experience: Not Going Well At All

  At the renowned Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, Lindsay Lohan is doing her court-ordered rehab stint for three months as part of a plea deal in her lying-to-cops case involving a car accident in Santa Monica, California last summer. But things at the facility have been far from “rehabilitating” for the troubled actress. She is struggling severely with overeating, poor hygiene, and lack of energy due to her prescription drug, Adderall, being taken away from her. Reported exclusively by RadarOnline.com, an anonymous source spoke out about the actress’s uncomfortable experience, revealing that “Lindsay just doesn’t want to be there. She was forced to go to Betty Ford by the judge instead of going to jail. The actress looks extremely haggard, her face is bloated, and it doesn’t look like … Read entire article »

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Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

Celebrities: They’re Just Like Us

  As with anyone else, addiction affects celebrities differently. Some recover, others struggle to get it their whole lives. This disease kills indiscriminately; whether you are a glorified hip-hop star or a mother of four in the suburbs. Those who recover and give back to their communities – like Friends star Matthew Perry – are reaping the benefits of a life in sobriety. Others struggle through multiple treatment centers, multiple detoxes, and multiple relapses. Just ask Brooke … Read entire article »

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Rob Lowe Celebrates 23 Years Sober

  On May 10, 2013, actor Rob Lowe, star of NBC’s popular show, Parks and Recreation, celebrated a huge milestone and shared it with his 634,000 Twitter followers. “Celebrating 23 years sober tonight,” Lowe wrote. “It works if you work it.” Rob Lowe was once the talk of the town back in the late 1980’s, subsequent to a “first of its kind” sex tape scandal featuring the actor and a group of people, in which one of the girls in the group was later exposed to be only 16-years-old. The tape was leaked to the public and caused a media sensation, making Lowe fodder for the entertainment programs and tabloid magazines of the day. Trying to explain his “vulgar” actions, the then 22-year-old Lowe stated that he met the young girl at a … Read entire article »

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Charlie Sheen’s Twins Stay with Denise Richards While Brooke Mueller Does Yet Another Stint in Rehab

  Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s wife and mother of their two children, Bob and Max, has started yet another stint in rehab for prescription drug abuse, leaving the twins in Sheen’s ex-wife, Denise Richards’ hands for the time being. Mueller’s representative explained recently, “Brooke is currently at UCLA Medical Center where she has been since being admitted May 3. Brooke will be there for several more days, and will likely transition directly into a residential treatment facility to get help for prescription drug abuse. Brooke misses her children, and wants to get healthy so she can resume her life and get back to being a mom.” She has since moved to the Betty Ford Center. (Maresca) The twin boys were removed from her home on May 2 by the L.A. County Department of Children … Read entire article »

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British Soccer Star Swaps Scotch for Shoebury

British Soccer Star Swaps Scotch for Shoebury

  Alcoholism can be a life-threatening disease, and that is why British soccer legend Paul Gascoigne has decided to do away with all of his booze. Affectionately known by fans as Gazza, the 45 year-old has taken drastic measures to rid his pantry of all beer and booze. However, Gazza’s fans should be aware that their favorite soccer star has only pulled a switcheroo. Yes, it is true because now all that space that used to house … Read entire article »

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