An article was published in October 2010 that states: “An estimated 20.4 million people in the United States used some kind of illicit drug in the past 30 days.” *That equates to about 15% of the population of the entire United States.
And as it was revealed a few years ago, Oprah was not immune to the misguided lure of taking drugs.
In an interview with Billy Bush in 2005 Oprah divulged painful private secrets for the first time on-air. Oprah said her hardest-kept secret was of her drug abuse.
Oprah stated: “Years ago I had a woman on my show who was talking about drugs and how she was addicted to her boyfriend and I had used drugs in my 20s with this boyfriend and I was more addicted to the boyfriend than I was to the drugs,” she revealed. “So the admission to using drugs on television was the biggest thing.”
“It was Crack, right?” Billy asked.
“Yeah, well it wasn’t called crack at the time. It was called freebasing. It was before crack was crack,” she admitted.
Tragically, Ecstasy is one of the most popular drugs among youth today. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates Ecstasy users to number approximately 9 million worldwide. The vast majority of users are teenagers and young adults.
Mixed with alcohol, Ecstasy is extremely dangerous and can, in fact, be deadly. So widespread has been the harm of this “designer drug,” that emergency room incidents have skyrocketed more than 1,200% since Ecstasy became the “club drug” of choice at all-night “rave” parties and dance clubs.
If Ecstasy is ruining your life and you want to overcome your drug addiction, call Novus Detox today at 1-866-591-5390 for a confidential consultation with one of our drug counselors.
A recent bust at a mid-state middle school is shedding light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among teens.
Seven students at Stewarts Creek Middle School of Rutherford County in Tennessee were expelled after a teacher caught them with prescription pills on campus. Rutherford County school officials said they have a strict zero tolerance policy.
It is reported that the students involved told school administrators they brought in two different kinds of medications. One is believed to have been a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
“You use whatever rationalization you can to justify the fact that you’re not living truthfully,” he observes about substance abuse. “You make this death machine seem glamorous so you can get on to the next moment. But it isn’t glamorous, and it isn’t fun.”
“People rise out of the ashes because, at some point, they are invested with a belief in the possibility of triumph over seemingly impossible odds,” Downey says. Meeting his current wife, producer Susan Levin, helped his recovery.
“She told me, ‘I’m not doing that [drug] dance with you. I’m drawing a line in the sand here.’ She was absolutely clear about it. That doesn’t mean that other women, business associates, movie directors, insurance companies, judges and law enforcement hadn’t been clear about it too. It was that, before I met Mrs. Downey, I just didn’t give a damn. What changed is that I cared.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three out of four prescription drug overdoses involved prescription painkillers—also called opioid pain relievers. In fact, these drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.
This is a challenge that hits some parts of America disproportionately. In a period of nine months, for instance, a tiny Kentucky county with a population of less than 12,000, saw nine people die from pain medication overdose.
Novus Detox is a Florida Drug Detox Center that provides a safe and painless drug detox program for people who are suffering from substance abuse. To find out more about our program visit www.novusdetox.com or call us at 1-866-591-5390.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Career Turned Around When He Gave Up Drugs
Samuel L. Jackson’s success wasn’t always so straightforward, and he says it contributed to his battle with drugs, including marijuana and crack cocaine. In his early 40s, Jackson’s career had spanned two decades but still hadn’t produced a blockbuster. One of his painful addiction memories includes his wife and young daughter encountering him on the floor, having passed out from cocaine.
Following the incident, Samuel L. Jackson voluntarily entered rehab, not knowing at the time that his addiction to crack cocaine would be the real-life knowledge he poured into his famous role in Jungle Fever in 1991. Even though he had successfully completed a drug addiction recovery program, his knowledge and portrayal of a crack cocaine addict was so true-to-life that movie producers arranged a time to talk with him to be certain he wasn’t still abusing the drug.
Samuel L. Jackson has stated that he has been off drugs since two weeks before his start into movie showbiz. It just goes to show that being off drugs really does make a difference!
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse, contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced drug counselors. Call 1-866-591-5390.
Drew Barrymore Has Turned Her Life Around – For The Better
With Drew Barrymore’s life doing so well, it would come as a surprise to some to learn that Drew Barrymore’s movie stardom which began at a very early age was accompanied by a more frightening early age shock offscreen — a premature appetite for drinking and drugs. By her own admission she had her first drink at age 9, began smoking marijuana at age 10 and at age 12 took up cocaine. At age 13, she has twice undergone extensive drug rehabilitation treatment.
Drew Barrymore Stated:
“I’m not psychic. But for today I can stay sober. I never want to go back to my old ways. I know that. That is my future. One day at a time. I’m Drew, and I’m an addict-alcoholic. I’ve been sober for three months, two weeks and five days, and I’m really proud of that.”
According to Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports, In 2009 alone, from within emergency departments in the US that:
- 4.6 million visits were made due to drug related incidents
- 27.1 percent involved non-medical use of pharmaceuticals (i.e., prescription or over the counter medications, dietary supplements)
- 21.2 percent involved illicit drugs
- 14.3 percent involved alcohol, in combination with other drugs.
Drug use continues to escalate. With the continual peer pressure and stress due to various problems we encounter in life, those without immediate solutions to deal with the stress and peer pressure can become overwhelmed and find it easy to escape with the use of drugs or alcohol.
The unfortunate part of this “drug-fueled escape” is that one can find themselves engulfed with a problem now even larger and more insurmountable than before, as one is now trapped by an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Drug addiction and alcoholism is a problem many people face. Addiction often destroys dreams, ambitions and the relationships with the people around them.
While some find a way off these drugs, the majority are trapped without any escape or hope of living a normal life again.
Novus Detox helps people who are dealing with all kinds of substance abuse. Our program is unique and highly successful. To get more information about how we can help, call us today.
In yet another example of celebrities gone bad, 2010 Miss USA winner Rima Fakih was arrested early on December 4th in Highland Park Michigan and charged with driving while intoxicated. At the time of her arrest, police officers found a half-empty bottle of wine behind the driver’s seat of her car. She allegedly failed two breath tests, one recorded a 0.19% alcohol level, and the other a 0.20% alcohol level. The legal limit in Michigan is 0.08%, so Ms. Fakih had a blood-alcohol level of over twice the legal limit.
The Police report says the 26-year-old was driving erratically, going 60 mph and weaving in heavy traffic. Police report that the traffic stop happened around 2:15 a.m. Officers on the scene said she appeared disoriented, and exhibited slurred speech. When asked if she was drinking she reportedly said no.
To make matters worse, Fakih initially attempted to deny being arrested, and tweeted, “Let’s clear things up now…. I’m NOT in Michigan and I’m NOT in jail!” However the tweet was removed the next day.
Ms. Fakih was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to a police station. Not exactly the best way to represent the country as a former Miss USA, or as a role model for the many young ladies that admire her.
There is never an excuse for drunk driving. Too many innocent people die every day every year at the hands of intoxicated drivers. Your friends, family and loved ones are all affected by this crime. The fact that it’s a celebrity has no bearing on the gravity of the situation, but it does help to bring the severity of the problem to light. If you drink, don’t drive. Call a cab, or a friend or family member to give you a ride home. Or use a designated driver, it’s really that simple.
Thankfully nobody was hurt this time, and hopefully Ms. Fakih will get the help she needs for her problem. If convicted, she could face up to 93 days in jail, though it’s unlikely she will see any jail time, it’s more likely she’ll be ordered to perform community service. It’s another example of how being a celebrity doesn’t put you above the law.
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After several months of speculation, it has been determined that Amy Winehouse died from acute alcohol poisoning, and had five times the legal limit of alcohol in her bloodstream when she died. An initial autopsy was inconclusive, though no drugs were found in her system at that time. When she was found in her bed, she had two full sized empty vodka bottles, and a third smaller one in the room. She had been attempting to self treat her alcohol problem, and had been dry for three weeks before the vodka binge that took her life. It is believed to be an accidental death. Winehouse was not suicidal, and often spoke about the future, and what she had left to accomplish. The coroner called it “death by misadventure”. In her career, Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 hit album “Back To Black”. But she became as well-known for her battle with alcohol and drugs as for her singing. It’s truly a tragic ending for a very talented artist.
Alcoholism is not just a problem for the rich and famous. In 1999 there were 11 million people in the U.S. whose drinking was considered heavy enough to be considered alcohol addiction or abuse. Today, there are more than 15 million. Despite the number of deaths and ruined lives, we clearly have a serious problem to address.
Alcohol addiction is a growing problem, partly because it is legal for adults to drink and partly because drinking is considered “normal.” However, many people with alcohol addiction don’t really understand what alcohol is doing to their bodies and also are not sure what steps to take to safely stop drinking. Alcoholism is best treated in a facility away from home, where you can detox painlessly, and learn how to change the way you look at alcohol, and learn the harm it has done to you. Amy Winehouse attempted to try to quit drinking without entering a detox program, and the result was tragic.
At Novus Detox, we offer new patient admissions 7 days a week. Your privacy and confidentiality are our top concerns. We offer individual private rooms and, you will be personally treated and cared for by our experienced staff 24/7. Our program is individually tailored to your metabolism, and we offer one-on-one support counseling with staff that know what it’s like to go through the experience. We offer delicious and nutritional foods that help replenish the body. And you’ll leave our facility usually in less than a week, safely withdrawn from alcohol and not taking any new drugs.
If you or a loved one has a drinking problem, Novus Detox has the solution. Speak to a alcohol detox specialist at 1-800-505-6604 or email us, and start down the road to recovery!