Archive for May, 2009

Intervention’s Ken Seeley is In The Rooms

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For some people, Ken Seeley may just be a television personality, but those who know his work understand that Seeley’s unparalleled contributions towards helping those suffering from the disease of addiction saves lives everyday. To date, Seeley has dedicated over two decades of his life to helping alcoholics, addicts and their families to understand the disease. Over the years, Seeley has gained a reputation for being one of the most highly effective interventionists in the field; helping addicts and alcoholics to take the first step towards getting clean and sober and life long recovery.

Now, with the help of InTheRooms.com, Ken Seeley has the unique opportunity to reach thousands of new members from around the world each month and the ability to interact with them on a personal, day-to-day basis. 

In a recent article for www.InTheRooms.com, Ken Seeley wrote, “I was convinced I was working a strong program; maintaining contact with my sponsor, sponsoring others, going to meetings and being active in the Fellowship of AA. However, I also found myself in the depths of a relapse that I didn’t see coming.”
 
To read the rest of Seeley’s personal and compelling piece, “My Crisis in Recovery”, or to find meetings worldwide, find people in recovery near you or chat with others in recovery from around the world (including our friend Ken Seeley) visit InTheRooms.com

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Obsessed: A New Series on A&E

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is typically characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

A new series premiering this Monday, May 25th on A&E titled “Obsessed”, will explore Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the people who live with the anxiety disorder everyday. Like “Intervention”, A&E’s “Obsessed” promises to follow individuals suffering from OCD who are seeking treatment.

A&E explores the world of individuals suffering from extreme anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder and Hoarding, and tells the stories of their struggles to overcome them in the new original nonfiction series “Obsessed.” The eleven episode, one-hour series debuts Monday, May 25 at 10pm ET/PT following the season premiere of the Emmy®-nominated “Intervention.”

Eminem Says Elton John Helped Him With His Drug Addiction

Elton John and Eminem share the stage following their duet at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards
Even from when “Slim Shady” first hit the hip-hop scene, he was never shy about talking about his drug use; or his mother’s for that matter. During interviews with magazines like “XXL” and “Vibe”, Eminem spoke freely about his addiction to several drugs. And most recently, during an interview with Detroit’s “Metro Times”, Eminem revealed that pop legend, Elton John helped him cope during his drug rehabilitation. 

“Me and him have had similar lives and stuff,” Eminem stated. “So I reached out to him and told him, ‘Look, I’m going through a problem, and I need your advice.’ I also talked to T.I. a lot and, you know, we exchange advice.” Can you imagine that think-tank?

Eminem went on to say that Elton John and him had become very good friends  and he has turned to him several times for help with his career as well as his substance abuse problems. Eminem reached out to Elton John for advice most recently over his addiction to painkillers after a near-fatal methadone overdose.

Jeremy Mayfield Suspended Indefinitely for Failing Random Drug Test

Five-time NASCAR premier series winner, Jeremy Mayfield has become the first to be penalized for failing a new random drug test implemented by NASCAR.

The punishment is a rough one, as Jeremy Mayfield and 2 of his crew members were suspended from NASCAR indefinitely. Although NASCAR has tested for drugs in the past, it was usually due to some sort of probable cause. However, random drug testing just began in NASCAR, it currently has some of the strictest anti-drug policies in competitive sports.

NASCAR has not released any specific information about the type or types of drugs Mayfield tested positive for, only saying that is certainly more serious than just alcohol. “He is suspended as an owner and a driver,” Said series Vice President Jim Hunter. “His team could be operated by somebody else, but Jeremy will not be allowed to participate.”

Don’t Hassle the Hoff – Especially about Alcohol Poisoning

Current ‘America’s Got Talent’ judge and former ‘Baywatch’ star, David Hasselhoff is denying accusations that he was hospitalized in Encino, California on Saturday, May 2nd, due to alcohol poisoning.

Earlier this week, Radar Online reported that David Hasselhoff’s daughter discovered him unconscious in his home. The online news source also reported that once he was hospitalized, his alcohol level was registered at a mind-blowing .39.

Now, TMZ is reporting that Hasselhoff’s ex wife, Pamela Bach, blew the story way out of proportion. However, with incomprehensible sentences like, “We’ve gotten to the bottom of the David Hasselhoff mystery, and it ain’t the way his ex is painting it”, I wouldn’t trust TMZ if one of their “reporters” wrote that their mother loves them.

MTV presents Steve-O: Demise and Rise

Steve-O’s trouble with addiction was rough, tough and televised. And now, MTV hopes that its new documentary, Steve-O: Demise and Rise, will capture the attention of its mostly tween audience and highlight negative aspects of addiction, as well as the positive side of recovery.

However, Steve-O let it be kown quite clearly that he has no aspirations to be the “poster boy” for sobriety. In fact, Steve-O considers himself to be more of an addict than a role model.

Steve-O: Demise and Rise was reportedly put together using several hours of footage which Steve-O shot on his own. The footage contains a raw look of Steve-O’s life on the road while snorting cocaine, doing whip-its and filming his hit movie series, Jackass.

“Certainly a documentary about my downward spiral isn’t going to keep me sober by any means,” Steve-O told TVGuide.com. “If anything, I feel like I’m being printed in the media as ‘the sober guy’ I feel like that does more to set me up for a fall than really keep me sober. The last thing anyone who’s working to stay sober wants is to be touted as some kind of example.”

Check out the new MTV documentary, Steve-O: Demise and Rise, Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 10 pm/ET on MTV.