Archive for January, 2009

Celebrities in Recovery: Matthew Perry

Surely best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit T.V. comedy series “Friends”, Matthew Perry admitted to having an addiction to painkillers back in 1997. Perry’s larger than life celebrity status was certainly one of the contributing factors which would lead to his substance abuse problems. However, Matthew Perry’s eyes were opened after his close friend and actor, Chris Farley, died of a heart attack due to drugs.

“I guess it was around April that I realized the level, the severity of the problem that I was having.” Said Matthew Perry in an interview with CNN. “And I’m really proud that I kind of stepped up to the bat and took care of it. For me, it was a no-brainer. It was just… this is obviously what I have to go do.”

However, it wasn’t easy for Perry to get his addiction under control. A few years after admitting his addiction in 1997, Matthew Perry was hospitalized for pancreatic due to his abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs. In 2001, Perry checked himself into the posh Malibu rehab center, Promises.

 “I got into a serious problem with painkillers, a painkiller called Vicodin.” Perry told Larry King in an interview in 2002. “And that was mostly just to not drink as much as I was. I was getting too hung over, so I tried other things that would try to balance me out.”

In 2005, Matthew Perry was hospitalized in Los Angeles, reportedly due to a bad reaction to prescription medications. Perry was kept in the hospital for 24 hours and then released.

 

Jack Osbourne on Drug Addiction and Recovery through the 12-Step Program

It’s only been one week since Kelly Osbourne was admitted into a “medical facility” to address “personal issues” following an arrest in London. Currently, it isn’t clear as to why Kelly was admitted into the facility, however, both Kelly and Jack Osbourne had, at some point, battled with a pain killer addiction.

In this video from 2008, Jack Osbourne explains how he and his sister Kelly both gave up drugs and alcohol by using the 12-step recovery program which promotes total abstinence.

Here, Jack revisits the PROMIS Center, the only rehabilitation program in England that uses the 12-step program for teenagers battling alcohol and drug addiction.  He describes his attitude the last time he was at the front doors of the facility while being (unwillingly) checked in as being angry scared and just pissed off.  

 

The PROMIS Center uses the 12-Step recovery model for treating everything from alcohol and drug addiction to eating disorders. This eye-opening footage gives an intimate look at the lives of several young patients at the PROMIS Center, some of which developed drug addictions even before their teenage years.

“This situation worries me. Explains Jack. “But I’m glad these kids are learning to stay clean. I’ve been so much happier since I gave up my addiction to drugs, just over a year ago.”   

Alcohol Consumption Among College Students

A recent study on alcohol and drug education explored alcohol consumption among college students in order to better understand why college students drink, but more importantly, what factors contribute to changes in patterns of consumption. The study compared many commonly used measures of alcohol consumption, an independent survey along with former studies from the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and used that information in order to make accurate conclusions.

The study points out that increased alcohol consumption among college students is a growing problem. Understanding the drinking patterns of college students carries important implications for policy makers, college administrators and mental health professionals.

Participants in the survey were asked to measure the frequency and quantity of their alcohol consumption, and note the number of times they recall “binge drinking” (4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men). However, it should be kept in mind that the surveys should be seen as a summary of behavior rather than an accurate measure of consumption patterns.

The study found that several important variables contribute to pattern changes in alcohol consumption among college students. Student drinking is contingent on a variety of external factors, including day of the week, school holidays, scheduled exam periods, and the week of the semester. Not only did the average of those who did drink vary from day to day, but the study also found that the composition of drinkers varied from week to week.

Furthermore, the study found that their may be a severe misrepresentation in current data concerning alcohol consumption among college students. The data showed an underestimation in the quantity of alcohol consumption during each occasion. The findings will be instrumental in improving the ability of college administrators and health professionals to adequately identify problem drinking and alcoholism.   

Kelly Osbourne Back in Rehab

 

Daughter to rock star Ozzy Osbourne and reality show star Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne (who was a reality star in her own right in The Osbournes), has checked herself into a “medical facility” in order to address some personal issues according to her publicist in London.

 

Kelly Osbourne, 24, was arrested last week for allegedly slapping a gossip columnist after the columnist blatantly insulted Kelly Osbourne’s current fiance, Luke Worrall, who was sitting next Kelly during the interview. She was later charged with assault and eventually released on bail.

 

This isn’t Kelly Osbourne’s first trip to rehab, her last trip was at age 20 and her first visit to a rehabilitation facility came at 18. According to reports, Osbourne, who voluntarily entered the “medical facility”, is reportedly being treated at the Hazelden retreat in Oregon.  

In an appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, revealed that they admitted Kelly at age 18 to the Promises rehab facility in Malibu, California for painkiller addiction. Ozzy was quoted as saying that they were astounded at the amount of pills they found in her bag.  

 

For now, the details of Kelly’s latest stay at rehab remain sketchy. However, in an interview with Radar Online, Sharon Osbourne was quoted as saying “Kelly will tell you herself when she gets out. We just pray that everything’s going to be OK.”

 

Introducing… the Anti-Addiction Pill?

It was as far back as 2006 that New York Times writer, Benoit Denizet-Lewis (who now has a best selling book on addiction) was exploring the idea of an anti-addiction pill.

 

Certainly, the idea of prescription drugs meant to help with withdrawals and symptoms of addiction are nothing new. However, even now, we seem to be far from creating an “all-purpose” anti-addiction pill.

 

Denizet-Lewis’s article talks about a group of M.I.T. scientist who are looking into brain-imaging technology in order to identify addiction. At the time, the scientist seemed to agree on what they saw in these images and the flaws, although they did not agree on a solution. But the findings did eventually produce a horde of medications, vaccines and so-called “anti-addiction” drugs.

 

Even then, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism are studying/funding some form of addiction medication. The drug, Antabuse, has been on the market since 1948.

 

The drug makes people who take it physically ill if they consume alcohol. However, Antabuse is not very popular. Naltrexone, which was first used to treat opioid addiction, can help people abstain from drinking.

 

Doctors have also developed Vivitrol, a shot that patients must have administered on a monthly basis.

Dr. Drew Has His Next Hit in VH-1’s Sober House

In a jungle of reality television shows airing on VH-1 alone, it’s hard to predict which shows will stand out and find success after their first seasons. However, Dr. Drew seems to be 2 for 2 with his shows Celebrity Rehab and his newest show, Sober House.

 

The concept for Sober House came from the first season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, when cast members where given the opportunity to live in a drug-free facility where they could make an easier transition into their everyday lives (while staying sober of course).

 

At the end of Celebrity Rehab season 2, producers gave cast members the same chance to live in a transitional drug free home, only this time it would become its own show. And even though Sober House is, in theory, supposed to be a more toned down version of Celebrity Rehab (documenting a sober cast, living sober lives), the issue of exploitation is something that continues to plague Dr. Drew’s on-air rehabs.

 

Dr. Drew and VH-1 defend the shows by declaring that the patients/cast members are receiving treatment that desperately need and otherwise, may never receive. However, the fact that some of these so-called celebrities may not seek treatment if it wasn’t syndicated on cable television seems to be another issue entirely.

 

Catch Dr. Drew along with Rodney King, Nikki McKibbin, Steven Adler, Amber Smith and even Andy Dick (he joins the show mid-season) at 10 p.m. on VH-1. You can also check out the first episode along with full episodes of Celebrity Rehab at www.VH1.com.

Hot For Words Featuring Marina Orlova on Heroin

If you’ve spent anytime on YouTube, you may have noticed one of the more popular channels on the site, Hot For Words. Also available at www.HotForWords.com, these short video clips which began as a series called “Intelligence is Sexy”, feature Marina Orlova, a Russian philologist (a fancy word for someone who studies the origin of words, relationships between languages and other forms of linguistics).

 

In this video, Marina Orlova (breast perked as usual) makes a rather annoying attempt (although she makes up for it in looks) at finding the origin of the word Heroin.

 

Heroin was first fabricated in 1874 by an English chemist at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London. The video is right that in the fact that heroin is a product of Bayer pharmaceutical company and he name heroin does come from the word heroisch, German for heroic.

 

Between the years 1898 and 1910, heroin was advertised as a non-addictive morphine substitute and cough suppressant. At one point, Bayer advertised heroin as a cure for morphine addiction. What Marina Orlova doesn’t tell you in the Hot For Words video is that once Bayer found out that heroin was even more addictive than morphine, the product became a huge embarrassment for Bayer. 

 

Addiction: The Only Disease You Can Get Arrested For Having

It is practically common knowledge that addiction is a disease. In clinical terms, addiction is used to describe a physical dependence, obsession or compulsion which include: compulsive gambling, alcoholism, drug addiction and more. But for some people, the disease becomes a spectacle for all to witness. The following is just a short compilation of celebrity mug shots which have appeared throughout the pages of magazines and newspapers around the world as a consequence of their addictions.  

 

Robert Downey Jr.

Before his big comeback to acting as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), Robert Downey Jr. was arrested several times on drug-related charges. He also spent many years in and out of rehabilitation programs by court order, only to be incarcerated for violating those terms.

 

Lindsay Lohan

Cameras are nothing new to Lindsay Lohan. However, this shot is slightly less flattering than the average head shot. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine just one week after leaving an alcohol treatment center.

 

 

Paris Hilton

During a time when it seemed almost fashionable to be arrested for drunk driving, Paris Hilton wouldn’t be left behind. After a DUI, reckless driving charge and general probation violations, Paris casually posed for this famous mug shot while being booked for her short stay at Los Angeles prison. 

 

Heather Locklear
After being arrested for driving under the influence, Heather Locklear was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. The actress was also suspected of being under the influence of prescription drugs.

Ex-Boyfriend Reveals Oprah Winfrey’s Secret Cocaine Addiction

Landis Randolph Cook describes himself as being Oprah Winfrey’s former drug partner and boy friend. His book, The Wizard of O, gives a detailed account of what he says was a destructive relationship fueled by crack and cocaine.

In 1998, Cook sued Oprah Winfrey in federal court for the right to publish a book documenting their tumultuous affair. Oprah would ultimately confess to the legitimacy of Cook’s claims but it would take Cook several years of recovery in order to publish his story.

Landis Cook blames Oprah Winfrey outright for his addiction to crack and cocaine claiming that not only was Oprah the first person to introduce him to crack, but she held the pipe as he took his first hit.
“The Wizard of O is the fruit of my labors.” Writes Cook. “My unabashed approach at unmasking the facts is alternately entertaining and shocking, but always enlightening. Americans have placed Oprah on a pedestal that has been seemingly invincible – until now.”

For more information on Landis Randolph Cook’s book, The Wizard of O, as well as excerpts from the book, forums to post comments and opinion, as well as details on how to purchase the book, visit http://www.thewizardofo.com

Controversial New Addiction Treatment Puts Patients in Comas

This video from the Nazaraliev Medical Centre gives us an intimate look at a controversial form of addiction treatment that involves inducing a coma in patients in order to do away with the symptoms and discomfort of withdrawals and cravings.

Located in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia, West of China), The Nazaraliev Medical Centre is run by Dr. Jenishbek Nazaraliev. Dr. Nazaraliev is a member of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) and a national coordinator for the International Council on Drug Addiction and Alcoholism (ICAA). He is one of the leading experts in the field of narcology and his private rehabilitation center specializes in treating drug addiction and alcohol addiction.

Dr. Nazaraliev currently holds ten patents for treatment programs which he has personally developed. And although his treatment is said to produce amazingly positive results in combating substance addiction, his Atropine Comatose Therapy is by far his most controversial.

Atropine (from the Greek Atropos) is extracted from Mandrake, Deadly Night Shade and other plants; it is known as an anticholinergic drug and can be deadly. The Nazaraliev Medical Centre’s controversial withdrawal treatment uses Atropine in order to reduce Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.

The detoxification process is the first treatment patients undergo and is known as Central Cholinolitic Blockade (CCB). The CCB session is said to enable patients to quickly reduce the physical and mental aspects of drug and alcohol addiction. When the treatment concludes, the patient is said to awake with an enhanced receptiveness towards psychological reconstruction and ultimately, recovery.

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