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Update: “In The Rooms” by Richie Supa Wins Song of the Year

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Congratulations to Richie Supa and everyone at http://www.InTheRooms.com for their win at the 2009 Prism Awards. Richie Supa performed “In The Rooms” for a packed crowd in Beverly Hills, California, where “In The Rooms” won Song of the Year.

Everyone at the Prism Awards also received a free C.D. with the “In The Rooms” song and a registration card for http://www.InTheRooms.com. If you want to check out In The Rooms or make friends with Richie Supa, check out the article below for a link to his personal profile on http://www.InTheRooms.com

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Angels Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Accident

Angels Rookie Pitcher, Nick Adenhart, was killed in a car accident earlier this morning. Nick Adenhart, 22, was one of the top prospects for the Angels and was killed just after midnight in Fullerton, California. Reports say that a minivan ran a red light and crashed into Nick Adenhart’s car.

Adenhart had just finished throwing six scoreless innings against the A’s the day before. There is suspicion that alcohol was involved in the hit and run crash that took Adenhart’s life.

Joba Chamberlain commented on Nick Adenhart’s tragic death, saying, “It sounds like he was just driving home after the game, and now he’s not coming to the ballpark the next day. You can’t take anything for granted, ever.” Joba Chamberlain is currently in the spotlight for DUI charges.

Although details are still sketchy, the alleged hit and run suspect who was driving the mini van which struck Nick Adenhart’s vehicle is now in custody.

The Ana Nicole Smith Drug Conspiracy

Will it ever end? Even during the time of her hit reality television show on E, Anna Nicole Smith was surrounded by rumors of illicit and prescription drug abuse. Her reputation was fueled by her erratic behavior, slurred speech and often dazed look.

Now, after an investigation that took over two years and involved Attorney General Jerry Brown, insurance officials, medical officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration, evidence is revealing that the behavior towards prescription drugs in the celebrity world is just as troubling and comparable to the illicit drug situation in poor neighborhoods.

Anna Nicole Smith died of an overdose of prescription drugs in 2007, at the age of 39. Howard K. Stern, psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and gerontologist Sandeep Kapoor have all been charge with several counts in relation to Anna Nicole Smith’s death, including conspiracy to provide an addict with medication.

Lindsay Lohan Joins Substance Abuse Classes

Only hours after a warrant for her arrest was dismissed earlier this week, Lindsay Lohan enrolled in a substance abuse class. Lohan joined a special course for DUI offenders offered by the state of California.

The warrant for Lindsay Lohan was dismissed by a California judge after he determined that Lohan had not violated her probation due to her drunk driving conviction in 2007. The substance abuse program that Lohan joined is just one of the requirements that she must complete in order to be in full compliance of the program.  

Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer stated that Lohan has been in full compliance with the requirements of the program since day one.

Drug Facts: Cocaine

 

Check out this video from College Health Guru on the effects of cocaine. Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Cocaine was labeled the drug of the 1980s and ‘90s, because of its extensive popularity and use during this period. However, cocaine is not a new drug. In fact, it is one of the oldest known drugs. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, has been an abused substance for more than 100 years, and coca leaves, the source of cocaine, have been ingested for thousands of years.

Pure cocaine was first extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia, in the mid-19th century. In the early 1900s, it became the main stimulant drug used in most of the tonics/elixirs that were developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Today, cocaine is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it has high potential for abuse, but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses, such as local anesthesia for some eye, ear, and throat surgeries.

There are basically two chemical forms of cocaine: the hydrochloride salt and the “freebase.” The hydrochloride salt, or powdered form of cocaine, dissolves in water and, when abused, can be taken intravenously (by vein) or intranasally (in the nose). Freebase refers to a compound that has not been neutralized by an acid to make the hydrochloride salt. The freebase form of cocaine is smokable.

Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder, known as “coke,” “C,” “snow,” “flake,” or “blow.” Street dealers generally dilute it with such inert substances as cornstarch, talcum powder, and/or sugar, or with such active drugs as procaine (a chemically related local anesthetic) or with such other stimulants as amphetamines

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.

Was Barbie Creator Jack Ryan a Sex Addict?

Growing up, little girls all over the world worshiped Barbie. The popular Mattel doll was and, in many respects, continues to be the miniature and idealized version of a woman’s figure. This is why it should come as no surprise that Barbie was created by a man. And according to a new book by Jerry Oppenheimer, Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel, Barbie creator Jack Ryan not only surrounded himself with busty Barbie doll look alikes, he was also a sex addict.

Ryan (1926 – 1991), whose ex-wives included Zsa Zsa Gabor, was a graduate of Yale University and worked research and development for Mattel for several years. He is described by friends and associates as being a “sexual pervert” who would commonly host orgies. Sources depict Ryan as sounding like he was describing a “sexual episode” during the Barbie doll’s creation.

Dr. Drew Pinsky Talks Sober House and Celebrity Rehab on Howard Stern

Here at 12 Steppin, we like to talk about Dr. Drew Pinsky, partially because he is, arguably, the most famous on-air personality that is bringing national attention to addiction but more importantly because he is a real medical doctor. This was one of the opening topics of conversation during Dr. Drew’s interview on the Howard Stern Show as the segment began with Stern welcoming Drew by pointing out that Dr. Phil isn’t a medical doctor, simply a psychologist. Drew responded by stating that not only is Dr. Phil not a medical doctor, but his psychologist license was revoked during his first year of practice for sexual misconduct.  

Dr. Drew was on Stern’s Sirius-XM show promoting his new show Sober House, premiering on VH-1, Thursday, January 15th at 10 p.m. Sober House is a continuation (or spin-off) of Celebrity Rehab. The show will document the crew of Celebrity Rehab’s season 2 as they transition from a medical rehabilitation facility to living their day to day lives. Sober House is an 8 episode series that will include, Rodney King, Marey Carey, Amber Smith, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler and others. Andy Dick also joins the series midway through the season seeking help from Dr. Drew.   

Dr. Drew spoke at length about his experiences in Celebrity Rehab and Sober House. However, the most interesting moments throughout the interview came during the banter between Drew and Stern Show co-host Artie Lange. Lange, who is currently battling heroin addiction wasn’t shy about airing his opinion that both of Dr. Drew’s shows exploit addicts. Drew defended his shows by pointing out that he is honestly trying to help the people in Celebrity Rehab and went on to say that those people under his care are better off with his treatment than without. 

Drew also commented that because of their status, sense of entitlement and sometimes overblown sense of self importance, celebrities are usually more difficult to treat and have worse problems with addiction and mental diseases than average people.  You can check out Dr. Drew on Love Line at www.lovelineshow.com or on VH-1’s website at http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/celebrity_rehab_with_dr_drew/series.jhtml

Is Drug Addiction Worse Than Cancer?

In this interview with CW11, Dr. Drew Pinsky, formerly of Love Line and now host (and head counselor) at Celebrity Rehab states the seriousness of addiction by declaring that the patients treated in his program have a worse prognosis than most cancer patients.
Dr. Drew goes on to explain that it is a misconception that his show is trying to exploit the addiction of celebrities. “It is not for the faint hearted.” Says Dr. Drew, who reiterates that drug addiction is a serious disease.

The Recovery Revolution Will Be Televised

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For major television networks, airing a reality television shows means less money spent on scripts, actors, producers, writers, make-up artists, wardrobe and countless other factors that would otherwise go into creating a prime time sitcom. And ever since the success of the MTV series, The Real World, and later The Osbournes, networks have been clamoring to find the next group of over the top (usually alcohol induced) group of people to lock in a house filled with cameras.

 

But lately there’s been a new trend emerging in the world of reality television – “recovery television”. Sure, there are two ways of looking at these types of shows. They’re either blatant exploitations of vulnerable individuals for profit or they’re an educational tool meant to put spotlight addiction while maintaining an entertainment value. Whatever your thoughts on the subject, here are just some of the recovery television programs currently in syndication: 

 

Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH-1

According to VH-1, “Celebrity Rehab is the first television series to chronicle the dramatic, unscripted real life experiences of a group of actual celebrities as they make the life changing decision to enter themselves into a drug, alcohol and addiction treatment program with the sincere desire to achieve true rehabilitation and recovery.”

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Intervention on A&E

A & E describes Intervention as “A powerful and gripping series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption.” Unlike Celebrity Rehab, Intervention is done in a documentary fashion, focusing on one particular addict during each episode. Find out how you can set up your own intervention or just check out their schedule on www.aetv.com/intervention

 

Addiction on HBO

Addiction is an HBO original series that brings together some of the top documentary filmmakers from the United States in order to create a series of “campaigns” featuring real life stories of addiction, expert insights and treatment options. Along with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), HBO has also set up a comprehensive website for those seek recovery at www.hbo.com/addiction

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