Archive for February, 2009

Mary Bono Mack Talks About Teen Prescription Addiction

Check out this video from CBS news addressing the growing problem of teen addiction to prescription drugs. In the video, anchor woman Maggie Rodriguez talk to California Representative Mary Bono Mack, who was elected in 1998 after her husband Sunny Bono was killed in a skiing accident.

Mary Bono Mack talks about how 5 years after Sunny Bono’s death, their son developed an addiction to prescription drugs. Because of the internet and growing number of “pill farms” throughout the United States, prescription drug addiction has become one of the nation’s fastest growing epidemics.

Mary Bono Mack and her son have decided to go public with their battle with prescription drug addiction in order to raise awareness on the issue. During the interview, Mary Bono Mack states that she believes a genetic predisposition to addiction was more to blame for her son’s struggle with prescription addiction then Sunny Bono’s death.

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1-800-Quit-Now Sponsors Sasquatch Music Festival

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If you smoke or chew tobacco and you’ve decided to quit, 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free service that can help. When you call, a trained quit coach in your state will work with you to help you quit and avoid the things that tempt you back into the habit.

1-800-Quit-Now is the main sponsor for this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend, May 23- 25. Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday, February 28th at 10 a.m.

This year’s Sasquatch Music Festival has an impressive lineup that includes Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Erykah Badu and many more. Here is the long list of performers expected to perform (with more to come):

Kings of Leon
Ben Harper & Restless7
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Decemberists
Fleet Foxes
TV on the Radio
Animal Collective
Silversun Pickups
Bon Iver
Santigold
Of Montreal
Explosions in the Sky
DeVotchKa
Peter Bjorn & John
Gogol Bordello
M. Ward
The Avett Brothers
Doves
Calexico
Grizzly Bear
M83
Girl Talk
The Gaslight Anthem
The Walkmen
Chromeo (DJ set)
Deadmau5
Mugison
Sun Kil Moon
Airborne Toxic Event
Blitzen Trapper
Shearwater
BLK JKS
The Wrens
Tobacco
Monotonix
King Khan and the Shrines
St. Vincent
Passion Pit
John Vanderslice
Bishop Allen
Blind Pilot
AA Bondy
Black Moth Super Rainbow
The Knux
Ra Ra Riot
The Dodos
Beach House
Arthur & Yu
The Submarines
Owl City
Viva Voce
James Pants
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
The Builders & the Butchers
The Duchess & the Duke
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
Fences
School of Seven Bells
Death Vessel
Horse Feathers
Hockey
Point Juncture WA
The Pica Beats
Loch Lomond
Vince Mira
Zach Galgles ifiankis
Demetri Martin
Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job
Todd Barry
Jon Benjamin
God’s Pottery
People’s Republic of Komedy

For more information, check out http://www.SasquatchFestival.com

Duff McKagan Comments on Steven Adler, Dr.Drew and Sober House

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Former Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan stopped by the Rolling Stones offices in New York last week to talk about his new album “Sick”, which debuts on April 7th. During the brief interview, Duff briefly commented on Steven Adler and VH-1’s recent hit reality shows “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House”.

“I watched about four minutes… somebody said, ‘Dude, you got to watch this thing.’ It was too hard for me to watch. My stomach started getting queasy and I couldn’t watch it.” McKagan states. “It seems a little dirty, the whole deal. I know the Dr. Drew guy, and he is a strong member of the sober community and he’s helped a lot of people and I think his thing is, ‘Hey man, if one person can get sober out of this whole experience… great.’ I’ll put it this way: if I was still using, I would never go on that show. I don’t get it. I just don’t like reality TV.”

Want to read the entire interview with Duff McKagan? CLICK HERE.

InTheRooms.com – Social Networking for Those In Recovery

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Check out our new widget for www.InTheRooms.com. InTheRooms.com is the premier online social network for recovery. InTheRooms have many fellowships online to help with your addiction to GAMBLING, FOOD, SEX, DRUGS or ALCOHOL. Whether you’re brand new to recovery, have decades clean and sober, or you are a friend or family member or ally of someone in recovery…there’s a place for you on InTheRooms.

You can use IntheRooms to find old friends or make new friends…You can participate in discussions…sharing your recovery with other members from all over the globe. There’s a jam packed library of incredible speaker tapes that can be downloaded to your MP3 player or burned to a CD for those days that you just can’t get to a meeting.

The InTheRooms mantra is HITCH…which stands for HELP, INFORM,TOUCH, CONNECT and HEAL. Go to http://www.InTheRooms.com and get HITCHED to recovery today!

Also, check out http://www.InRecoverBlog.com and http://www.MikeDayNNight.Wordpress.com for addiction and recovery news and much more.

Bradley Nowell (1968-1996)

In 1988, Nowell founded Sublime with bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh, whom he had met while attending Cal State Long Beach. Sublime eventually became one of the most popular bands in Southern California. Specifically, they were the most popular band on the campus of Cal State Long Beach, where they often played at parties and bars in exchange for alcohol.

In 1989 Nowell and Michael “Miguel” Happoldt created Skunk Records, the label for which Sublime’s early recordings were produced and distributed. Skunk Records was named for Sublime’s combination Ska and Punk genre, and the names of the two were fused into “Skunk”. The band’s demo tapes were later sold at shows and local record stores. A few years later, Sublime produced its first studio recording, which resulted in the popular cassette tape called Jah Won’t Pay the Bills and released it in 1991.

As Nowell prepared to tour with the new material, he found that Gaugh was battling a drug problem. Gaugh soon decided to check himself into a drug rehabilitation center. Rather than tour without Gaugh, the trio decided to focus on recording their music in the studio.

In 1992, 40 Oz. to Freedom was released. Drummers Marshall Goodman and Kelly Vargas temporarily covered for Gaugh. Sixty-thousand copies were distributed and sold from the trunk of Nowell’s car. Despite growing popularity in Southern California, Sublime still had not landed a record deal with a major label.

On May 25, 1996, after a show in Petaluma, the band was scheduled to head up north. After checking into a San Francisco motel, Sublime’s drummer Gaugh found Nowell in bed with a faint heartbeat and an empty syringe in a dresser drawer; Nowell had died of an accidental heroin, Valium, and alcohol overdose, at age 28. Nowell’s last performance took place at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California. Nowell was cremated and his ashes were spread over his favorite surf spot, Surfside, California. A headstone was placed at Westminster Memorial in Westminster, California in his memory.

Source: Wikipedia

Will Joaquin Phoenix Follow in Brother River’s Path? Watch Joaquin’s Bizarre Appearance on David Letterman

If you haven’t checked it out yet, CLICK HERE to see Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre appearance on David Letterman. During the interview, Joaquin Phoenix seems inattentive and even unintelligible at times as Letterman becomes increasingly agitated. At one point, David Letterman calls Joaquin Phoenix out because he is chewing gum during the interview, at which point Joaquin proceeds to take the gum out of his mouth and stick it under Dave’s desk.

Some people say it’s all a hoax. Yet, others fear that Joaquin Phoenix may be following in the footsteps of brother River Phoenix whose life was cut short due to a heroin and cocaine overdose at the age of 23.

Joaquin Phoenix was with his brother at Johnny Depp’s nightclub, The Viper Room on Saturday, October 30, 1993, when River began to vomit and have a seizure. When Joaquin Phoenix helped his brother outside to get some fresh air, River collapsed on the sidewalk. Surgeons at Cedars Sinai Medical Center spent twenty minutes trying to resuscitate him but were not successful.

Celebrities in Recovery: Amy WineHouse

Amy Jade Winehouse may be best known for two things, her soulful music and her constant battles with addiction. Her debut album, “Frank” which was released in 2003 was a commercial success in Britain. However, it wasn’t until her second album, “Back to Black” in 2006 that Winehouse would receive 6 Grammy Award nominations and international fame.

Throughout her career, Amy Winehouse has admitted to having problems with depression, eating disorders, self-harm and addiction. There are reports that Winehouse would cut herself in order to cope with the pains of withdrawal. Ironically enough, Amy Winehouse’s heaviest stage of drug and alcohol abuse was during the height of her success.

Currently, Amy Winehouse is making headlines for allegedly smoking marijuana during her stay at a rehabilitation center in the Caribbean. The popular British tabloid, The Sun has reported that Winehouse has been smoking pot all morning and working out in the afternoons everyday at the rehabilitation center. Winehouse is hoping that smoking marijuana will curb her cravings for harder drugs like crack, cocaine and heroin.

Drug Facts: Crack

 

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug. The powdered hydrochloride salt form of cocaine can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Crack is cocaine base that has not been neutralized by an acid to make the hydrochloride salt. This form of cocaine comes in a rock crystal that is heated to produce vapors, which are smoked. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated.

Three routes of administration are commonly used for cocaine: snorting, injecting, and smoking. Snorting is the process of inhaling cocaine powder through the nose, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues.

Injecting is the use of a needle to release the drug directly into the bloodstream. Smoking involves inhaling cocaine vapor or smoke into the lungs, where absorption into the bloodstream is as rapid as by injection. All three methods of cocaine abuse can lead to addiction and other severe health problems, including increasing the risk of contracting HIV and infectious diseases.

The intensity and duration of cocaine’s effects, which include increased energy, reduced fatigue, and mental alertness, depend on the route of drug administration. The faster cocaine is absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the brain, the more intense the high. Injecting or smoking cocaine produces a quicker, stronger high than snorting.

On the other hand, faster absorption usually means shorter duration of action. The high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes, but the high from smoking may last only 5 to 10 minutes. In order to sustain the high, a cocaine abuser has to administer the drug again. For this reason, cocaine is sometimes abused in binges—taken repeatedly within a relatively short period of time, at increasingly high doses.

Celebrities In Recovery: Travis McCoy

 

Travis McCoy is the Lead Singer for Gym Class Heroes. He is also recovering from an addiction to prescription drugs which he has struggled with since he was 15-years-old. Travis writes about his struggles with addiction, his days on the road and more on his personal blog at www.TraviesBlog.com.  

 

“Baby, I’m a blur. … So I’ve had a little time on my hands lately,” writes McCoy on TraviesBlog.com. “Recovering from a relatively new procedure that cleans your opiate receptors and basically gives you a new beginning. I feel like a layer of sh– has been peeled off of my brain. I’m sure a lot of you who really pay attention to our music know that I’ve been addicted to pharmaceuticals since I was 15 years old. This is my second stint in a detox program. [The] first was right before we signed to [Fueled by Ramen], and it really didn’t help much.

 

“Meeting after meeting, I still had a thirst, a death wish. F— it, it is what it is. You’re probably asking yourself, ‘[Why] is he spilling his guts on the inter-web??’ Well, the truth of the matter is, I felt an enormous amount of guilt for glorifying drug use in our music, I never talked about getting f—ed up in song to sound cool or to gain points. It was my life, day in day out, it’s how I coped with everything.”

 

McCoy goes on to write. “And to anyone else struggling with this sh–, it is conquerable, you can beat it,” he wrote. “All kinds of things were pulling at me before I boarded the plane for the hospital. Will I still be cool drug-free? Will I lose my edge? Will my writing suffer? Will my friends think I’m lame? Will I still be a fun guy or a vegetable? Guess what?!?! I feel like Wolverine out this mother—-er, uh, whatever that means. I’m a little weak and achy, but every hour that passes I feel more and more like me. The me I haven’t seen in 10 years.”

 

Read more about Travis McCoy and Gym Class Heroes at www.TraviesBlog.com.

Alicia Douvall Admits Surgery Addiction Stems From Abuse

Sarah Howes, better known as Alicia Douvall, is model/actress from England that has been romantically tied with Puff Daddy, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke and others. Alicia Douvall has been all over the tabloids in the UK lately for renouncing her obsession over cosmetic surgery. She has admitted to having over 100 surgery procedures done throughout her lifetime.

Now 28, Douvall has revealed that she has a problem with cosmetic surgery and has promised to stay away from surgery from now on after a recent stay in rehab. “I had a very, very unhappy childhood. From the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed I lived in fear.”

Alicia Douvall told The Sun in a recent interview. “’My abuser was someone close to the family. I killed off Sarah Howes a long time ago and for years I wouldn’t allow myself to think about her or to remember anything because it was too painful. I never told a soul about the abuse.

Douvall goes on to state, “All I ever wanted to do was reinvent myself as Alicia Douvall because I hated myself so much. I thought I was the ugliest person in the world. I’ve had more than 100 operations now and if I’d carried on I would have come out of hospital in a box. I had a feeling I didn’t have long to live. My body was failing. I was coughing up blood. I’ve lost the sensation in my left boob and my armpits as well as my stomach. You could strike a match to the skin and I wouldn’t feel it. I was taking painkillers and sleeping pills and I was always off my head. My memory is dreadful now. My brain has been shot to pieces. I knew I was going to die if I didn’t get help.”

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