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Why Mac Miller’s Overdose Death Matters

September 24, 2018

Malcolm James McCormick, known as Mac Miller, by any measure a successful musical talent, died at his home from an apparent overdose last Friday September 7. It’s easy to dismiss this as yet another celebrity death – particularly a musician – succumbing to drugs: “Hey that’s just their lifestyle, right?” However, Mac Miller’s death means so much more.

Although he leaves behind friends, family and fans who love him dearly, his death seems like just another celebrity overdose in the media and across the Internet. With over 70,000 other drug-related deaths every year (estimated 2017 by the CDC) and hundreds of thousands more hospitalizations, we have become dangerously desensitized to the problem. Yes, we all know that substance abuse is a clear and present danger to our society, but we have lost the shock that each of these tragedies should elicit in us. Until we collectively remember that each of these deaths extinguishes the promise of what should otherwise be a long life and career, we cannot effectively deal with the underlying problem.

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Olympic Athlete, Michael Phelps, Arrested for DUI

October 1, 2014

Star Olympian swimmer, Michael Phelps, was arrested Tuesday on charges for driving under the influence. This is not his first DUI or the first admission of his troubles with substances. Anxiety and stress are some of the major triggers of substance use for all individuals struggling with substance abuse. This may have been the trigger for the latest incident with Michael Phelps as well as prior incidents. Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI Michael Phelps is a world famous athlete due to his extraordinary achievements in the Olympics from a very young age. The 29 year old has 22 Olympic medals…

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Florida Drug Rehab Addresses the Dangers of Performance Enhancing Drugs

August 8, 2014

Anthony Bosch’s arrest for illegal steroid distribution is no surprise to Florida drug rehab centers. Performance enhancing drugs are big business and not just in the major leagues. Anthony Bosch’s Story News reports indicate that Anthony Bosch has been distributing steroids since 2008, when he started referring to himself as ‘Dr. T,’ despite a lack of medical qualifications. Florida drug rehab often sees clients who started with what they thought was a relatively ‘safe’ substance, like steroids or prescription drugs, only to find themselves with an addiction. Bosch provided these substances to minors, athletes, and others using black market methods…

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Will outpatient treatment work for Shia LaBeouf?

July 14, 2014

Shia LaBeouf is reportedly seeking outpatient treatment for alcohol addiction after a string of headline grabbing public outbursts and an arrest in the past few months. He has acknowledged in a statement to the press that he understands that his recent actions are a symptom of a much greater problem, and that he is taking the appropriate steps towards recovery.  Is outpatient treatment the best option?  Outpatient alcoholism treatment can be a great option for many people that don’t need full time help and can live on their own in a supportive environment. In the case of LaBeouf, it’s hard…

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Robin Williams Returns to Rehab

July 3, 2014

Several news sources have reported this week that Robin Williams is going back to rehab. Williams claims to not be using drugs or alcohol, and that his return to rehab is to help him focus on his commitment to a life of sobriety. His decision to go back to treatment highlights the ever important fact that sobriety is a life long process and requires continuous efforts to stay sober. Just as Williams is staying one step ahead of a possible relapse, make sure you are doing the same. Keeping your recovery in check by following your relapse prevention plan is…

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Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio Arrested for Cocaine Possession

July 2, 2014

Robert Downey Jr.’s 20-year-old son Indio Downey was arrested Sunday July 29th in West Hollywood, CA for cocaine possession.  The 20-year-old was a passenger in the car that was pulled over after officers allegedly saw Downey smoking from a pipe. This is unfortunately not the first time we are hearing about substance abuse issues for 20 year-old Downey. Last year we wrote about young Downey’s struggle with pain pill abuse and subsequently his stay in rehab. His recent arrest suggests that he is still very much struggling with addiction. Addiction & Genetics Robert Downey Jr. very publicly had his own…

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Could Substance Abuse Programs Help Actor Shia LaBeouf?

February 24, 2014

Substance abuse programs can help young actor, Shia LeBeouf, with his recent struggles with addiction. He has admitted to being addicted to a substance he referred to as “lean” which is another term for the drug commonly called sizzurp. Shia LeBeouf Admits Addiction to Sizzurp  The actor made famous for his roles in such blockbuster films as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has recently admitted to his addiction to a substance referred to as lean or sizzurp. Substance abuse programs explain that this dangerous substance is consumed as a beverage…

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Florida Congressman Trey Radel Resigns After Drug Rehab

January 27, 2014

Florida Congressman Trey Radel resigned from U.S. Congress on January 27th after a public battle with the disease of addiction.  In November 2013, Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession after purchasing cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer and was sentenced to one year probation.  Radel sought drug rehab treatment for his addiction and remained in his position representing Southwest Florida until his resignation. Although Radel was committed to remaining in the House of Representatives, he was the subject of an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation and faced calls from House leaders to resign.  Radel’s resignation leaves the 19th district…

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Actor Bradley Cooper Admits to Substance Abuse and Addiction

September 10, 2012

Actor Bradley Cooper, who first burst on the A-list scene in 2005 for his role in Wedding Crashers has opened up about his past history of addiction and substance abuse. Sober for eight years, Cooper discussed his life before addiction in a September issue of The Hollywood Reporter. "Part of me believed it, and part of me didn't. But the proof was in the pudding: I'd always gotten up at the crack of dawn, and that was out the window. I remember looking at my life, my apartment, my dogs, and I thought, 'What's happening?' " Cooper told the magazine.…

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Five Famous Rock Stars in Recovery

August 24, 2012

Recovery from addiction is not an unknown status for many rock stars. The world of rock and roll has certainly seen its fair share of addiction and substance abuse. In fact, drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors are not only common among musicians; sometimes the entertainment industry makes it seem that they are celebrated! However, there are many rock stars that have kicked their habits and are now in recovery from addiction. The following rock stars may have been drawn into the world of drugs and alcohol, but now use their talent and support from friends, family and fans as…

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