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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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Eminem Says Elton John Helped Him With His Drug Addiction

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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.

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.

Richie Supa Among Favorites for 2009 Prism Awards

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Musician/Songwriter, Richie Supa, may be best known for his work with Aerosmith and Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, but lately he’s been in the spotlight for his work with the popular new Social Networking website “In The Rooms.”

The 2009 Prism Awards will air on FX in September, but the actual awards show takes place on Thursday, April 23rd in Beverly Hills, California. Richie Supa is just one of the nominees for the music aspect of the Prism Awards which also includes categories in movies and television (all subject matter within the Prism Awards deals with substance abuse, recovery and/or mental health).

If you want to hear the 2009 Prism Award Nominated song by Richie Supa, “In The Rooms,” download it at www.InTheRooms.com. Want to get to know the Real Richie Supa? You can check out his In The Rooms profile at www.InTheRooms.com/RichieSupa. Joining InTheRooms.com is always anonymous, safe and free.

To read more about the 13th annual Prism Awards and to get a complete list of categories and nominees, check them out online at www.PrismAwards.com.

Ted Casablanca’s Addiction Mania: E Online is Hardly News

Here at 12 Steppin, we know that addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of people world wide. However, we also know there is always time to mix fun with facts and there are certainly times when we will show the lighter side of the addiction world as it pertains to outrageous celebrity stories, television shows and more.

But there comes a point when news sources, online or otherwise, must answer to the credibility given to them. And maybe this is a problem with Google News rather than EOnline.com, but even in a humble blog like ours, we would certainly demand more effort in our posts than the last installation of Ted Casablanca’s “The Awful Truth” (which we think should be renamed, “The Awful Blog”).

The “article” titled “Addiction Mania! Which Celebrity Needs Help the Most?” not only lacks the effort to compose more than three sentences for the post, but it also appears in Google News, posing as a real news article. In fact, the post does little more than call Lindsay Lohan a lesbian; big news.

Read Ted Casablanca’s “Awful Blog” HERE.

New Season of Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab to Feature Sex Addicts

With the recent success VH-1’s new reality series, “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House”, rumors are now circulating that the new season of “Celebrity Rehab” will focus on helping “celebrity” sex addicts.

TMZ.com reported that the list of rehabbers will include 2 porn stars, a former beauty queen, a gay film director, a playmate and one of the cast members from a previous “Celebrity Rehab”.

There is still very little information available about the new season except that Dr. Drew Pinsky will still be the counselor/host of the show which began filming earlier this week.

Farrah Fawcett’s Son, Redmond O’Neal, Jailed for Narcotics

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Unfortunately, Farrah Fawcett has been all over the news lately because of her deteriorating health. However, Fawcett’s son, Redmond O’Neal, is also in the news after police say they found him carrying narcotics near a jail in Castaic, California.

Redmond was driving with a friend to see an inmate at the Pitchess Detention Center South in California. Redmond admitted to being in possession of narcotics when they were pulled aside at a routine check point on the way to the jail.

Redmond is now being held on $25,000 bail pending a hearing later today. He was charged with possession of narcotics and bringing narcotics to a jail.

Farrah Fawcett, who has been in the spotlight lately due to her poor condition as a result from her 3-year battle with cancer, has not commented on her son. Remond O’Neil and his father, Ryan O’Neil, were both arrested in a drug bust in 2008.

Anthony Kiedis to be Recognized at Annual MusiCares Map Fund Benefit Concert

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Red Hot Chili Peppers co-founder and front man, Anthony Kiedis, will be honored on Friday, May 8, at the 5th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert. This year’s MusiCares MAP Fund concert will take place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and will recognize Kiedis by presenting him with the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award for his work and commitment in helping recovering addicts.

Iggy Pop will be among the acts performing at the benefit concert. The MusiCares MAP Fund provides people in the area of Music with a way to receive help with addiction and ways to get sober, regardless of their financial situation. This year’s benefit concert will be hosted by comedian and author, Greg Behrendt. All proceeds from the concert will go to the MusiCares MAP Fund.

Besides Iggy Pop, other acts that will be performing at the event include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Forrest, The Mars Volta, The Neville Brothers and more. The night will also feature a special performance by DJ AM during the dinner.

For general admission ticket information for the 5th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, contact Wynnie Wynn at 310-392-3777 or wynniew@grammy.com. Out of respect for the clients, the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.

Sober House Hospital and Dr. Drew Under Fire for Unexplained Deaths

Check out this video from Fox News on Dr. Drew Pinsky and the recent Sober House scandal. There have been 3 deaths reported within 5 months at the hospital where Dr Drew Pinsky hold the position of co-medical director.

The report features Arline Clyburn and Larry Grassini who both lost children at the hospital. The parents stated that their children were attracted to the facility because of its affiliation with the popular “Sober House”.

Do you think Dr. Drew is responsible for the deaths at the hospital? Geraldo states at the end of the report that these sorts of reality shows (obviously referring to Sober House and Celebrity Rehab) have consequences. Should innocent victims who seek treatment be consequences of rehabilitation facilities that get national recognition through reality shows? Make sure to leave your comments.

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