Legally Loaded: Marijuana Today — Cocaine and Heroin Tomorrow?

I’m a recovering addict and a alcohol and drug treatment professional who is a parent of three children. How can I with my experience and expertise tell them pot is as safe as aspirin or toothpaste. If Proposition 19 passes we are opening a dangerous door of easier access of abuse to a plethora of [...]

Prison vs. Rehab: What Really Works

Is being in prison going to make Cameron Douglas stop craving, using or selling drugs? Will he restructure his life so he can live without crystal meth? I think not. His father Michael Douglas says Cameron has been using drugs since he was 13 years old. At 31, that’s more than half his life. His [...]

White Collar Addicts: Celebrities Are Not An Alien Race When It Comes to Prescription Drug Dependence

Over 50 million Americans admit to abusing prescription drugs, we only seem to care about it when a select group of people are arrested or die — our favorite stars and sports heroes. What’s wrong with this picture? Yes, it’s tragic news to hear of the lives of Corey Haim, Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, Heath [...]

Hollywood: Stop the Deadly Spin

Actor Corey Haim lost his long battle with drugs and alcohol, and now he’s dead at 38. The world has watched the progression of his disease for a decade. We saw sobriety slip away from him over and over again. Unfortunately, Corey is not an isolated case. Millions of Americans die of alcoholism and addiction, [...]

Conrad Murray: The Beast of “Need” Cost Two Lives — The Debtor and the Addict

It was a lethal combination of drugs and debt that killed the King of Pop and ruined the life of a doctor. Dr. Conrad Murray’s major issues with his finances led him to choose money over the safety of his patient, Michael Jackson. The photo of Michael’s personal physician, the man he entrusted with his [...]