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Hitting Addiction for a Home Run to Sobriety

By on Nov 7, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

The famous American baseball player, Josh Hamilton, is celebrated for his athletic abilities. He has become an MVP and is one of the most accomplished hitters in the league. Although he is a great baseball player, he has freely admitted to his challenges overcoming drugs and alcohol. As a Major League baseball player, the addiction to drugs and alcohol was a problem for his career. The league has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and Hamilton took a break from baseball for three years as he struggled through rehab programs and getting over the addiction. Start of Addiction Josh Hamilton started drinking alcohol and taking cocaine when he was 20 years old in 2001. A bad accident in his late teens combined with curiosity about the substances led to taking the first drink and line of cocaine. Unfortunately, the baseball player became addicted to the substances and spent several years...

Dancing Through Life Without Drugs

By on Oct 12, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

As a young performer, Paula Abdul dealt with chronic pain caused by a cheerleading injury. She had also previously suffered a broken leg when she was involved in an airplane crash. Because of these types of injuries, she began taking prescription pain medication, and understandably so. However, the painkillers set the stage for a dependency that ended up taking years to overcome. Her Addiction The more her body needed the medication to relieve the pain, the more it grew dependent upon the drugs. Before long, those around her became suspicious that she could be addicted to the pain-killing drugs. During her stint on American Idol, her behavior was noted as strange and erratic at times. She blamed it on a pain syndrome and a neurological disorder that caused her debilitating pain. While that was true, in 2008, Abdul checked herself into La Costa Resort and Spa to end the cycle of...

Angelina Jolie’s Darker Days of Addiction

By on Oct 2, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

Angelina may be one of the most beautiful women in the world, but the stunning actress has a troubled past. She was once a drug addict who was on a dark path. It wasn’t until she got clean that her star quality began to rise. She is now a successful actress raising six children with fiancé Brad Pitt. A Dark and Dangerous Path Angelina has been open about her willingness to experiment with drugs in her teens and early twenties. Bouts of depression and low self-esteem were at the root of Angelina’s destructive behavior. Besides using drugs, she would participate in harmful behaviors such as cutting and contemplating suicide. The actress has been vague when discussing the specifics of her drug addiction. Her purported drug dealer gave an exclusive interview to “Life & Style” magazine and claimed the star used cocaine and heroin heavily during the 1990s. He also revealed that she...

Eminem: The Rapper’s Struggles With Addiction

By on Sep 6, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

The music industry is full of temptation for young artists. When fame occurs seemingly overnight, it may be easy to fall into the trap of experimenting with drugs and alcohol. With rapper Eminem, a serious drug habit not only almost cost him his career, but also his life. From Bad to Worse For years following his breakout success with the Slim Shady LP and the Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, Eminem abused prescription medications. In an interview with Vibe magazine, he admitted to taking as many as twenty pills a day. He would ingest a dangerous mixture of Vicodin, Ambien and Valium. Although he went to rehabilitation in 2005 for dependency on sleep aid medications, he continued to struggle after his release. Soon after he finished his stint in rehab, Eminem overdosed on a handful of blue pills given to him by an acquaintance. Doctors informed the rapper that he had ingested enough...

Demi Lovato Overcomes Her Addictions to Become Even Bigger Star

By on Jul 23, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

When you hear the name Demi Lovato, good girl Disney star is likely the impression that first jumps to mind. However, like many child stars, Demi has had to handle the pressures of Hollywood to be perfect. These stars often feel like drugs and alcohol are the answers to the constant stressors in their lives. However, Demi was able to overcome her addiction and is now healthier than ever. In interviews, Demi has been candid about the reasons behind her experimentation with drugs. Although only now 19, she became pretty much an overnight sensation as a teen with the hit “Camp Rock” films and “Sonny With a Chance” series. Her singing career also took off and her schedule became more and more hectic. After performing on stage in front of adoring fans, she would find herself depressed as she sat alone in her hotel room. She felt desperate to recapture that up feeling of being on stage....

Tennessee doctors now required to consult drug user database prior to writing RX

By on Jun 5, 2012 in Drug Addiction, Featured | 0 comments

The state of Tennessee has one of the worst methamphetamine and prescription-drug addiction issues in the nation. The recent crackdowns on the illicit operations in Tennessee have yet to relieve the pressure felt by the law enforcement agencies, prisons and jails within the state. Although the overall crime rate has dropped over the last four years, drug crimes are more prevalent than they have been in over a decade. This increase occurred despite the state having toughened the laws that govern the ability to prescribe and dispense painkillers. They have also done anything and everything to crush the production of meth. Mobile Meth Labs The meth producers do not seem to be as brainless as was thought. They have discarded their old meth-house practices and now use smaller, mobile meth labs. These labs may only operate for a couple days before moving on. Meth is not the only problem in...