Topic: addiction

ANTM Star Jael Has A Terrifying Meth Addiction–And It’s Ruining More Than Her Face

ANTM Star Jael Has A Terrifying Meth Addiction--And It's Ruining More Than Her Face

I’m not a big watcher of daytime TV, and I definitely have no love for Dr. Phil. But I may actually try to watch his show tomorrow, because the star of a program I did used to love in college–America’s Next Top Model–is going to be on it. Jael (full name: Jael Strauss) who many of us remember for her raspy voice, her edgy look, her beautiful pictures…and her pretty irritating attitude in Cycle 8, has apparently been addicted to meth for years, and it’s entirely changed the way she looks. But worse than that, it’s ruined her life. More »

Heroin Chic: More 20-Somethings Using Heroin, Report Says

Heroin Chic: More 20-Somethings Using Heroin, Report Says

WTF, Gen Y? Certainly everyone our age has seen enough movies and heard about enough addicted celebrities to know that things go along swimmingly for your average drug user until they start using heroin. Then you’re having sex with strangers and stealing your mom’s TV and hiding suppositories up your bum maybe getting stabbed by your ex-girlfriend (RIP Elliott). This is not a route you want to take. Yet taking it more people are, across the country and at younger ages. More »

Smoking While Pregnant Shockingly Common

Smoking While Pregnant Shockingly Common

A new study from the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that far from being a relic of the Mad Men era, pregnant women who smoke are still alive and (arguably) well in 21st Century America. In fact, a whopping 20% of pregnant white women admit to smoking cigarettes, followed by 14.2% of pregnant black women and 6.5% of pregnant Hispanic women. More »

Mom’s Disturbing Face Makes Us Wonder: Does Excessive Tanning Mean Mental Health Issues?

Mom's Disturbing Face Makes Us Wonder: Does Excessive Tanning Mean Mental Health Issues?

Yesterday’s story about the New Jersey mom who was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth had a lot of you enraged. Aside from questioning what type of parent Patricia Krentcil must be, some questioned her state of mind–just look at her, right? She’s only 44, but could easily pass for decades older. Clearly she is not taking good care of her skin–and possibly her daughter’s, but does excessive tanning mean she must have mental health issues? You tell us. More »

Watch Russell Brand Awesomely Testify For More Compassionate Treatment Of Drug Addicts

Watch Russell Brand Awesomely Testify For More Compassionate Treatment Of Drug Addicts

Perpetually-grungy recent vegan Russell Brand has turned his life around in a number of ways. Aside from kicking addictions to liquor, heroin, and sex, he’s adopted a healthy, yoga-centric lifestyle that includes great food–and awesome outreach. Most recently, Brand testified on behalf of addicts before the British Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee regarding the UK’s drug policy. In his testimony, Brand noted that while addiction is a criminal problem, an emphasis on compassionate treatment could help clean up the streets. More »

‘Almost Alcoholic’: The Blurry Line Between Wine With Dinner and Being Alcoholic

'Almost Alcoholic': The Blurry Line Between Wine With Dinner and Being Alcoholic

Do you down a glass or two of wine each night? Or cocktails after work frequently? And do you look forward to doing so as a way to relax? If you’re like many women, you are probably raising your hand–or your glass. Drinking is a common way to cope with the over-scheduled, over-worked and over-stressed lives that we lead these days. But when do the lines get blurred between a “normal”, casual drinker and someone with a drinking problem? You may not think you or someone you know has a dependency, but according to Dr. Joseph Nowinski, clinical psychologist and co-author of Almost Alcoholic, Is My (or My Loved One’s) Drinking A Problem? your drinking could put you in this new “almost alcoholic” category. More »

Meth Babies: Just One More Reason Equal Access To Reproductive Care Matters

Meth Babies: Just One More Reason Equal Access To Reproductive Care Matters

One of the biggest arguments against providing equal and affordable access to women’s health care, including birth control, has consistently been that it’s just too expensive, and that it’s not the responsibility of the government. That if low-income women don’t want to have children, they shouldn’t have sex. And if they do have sex and get pregnant, there will be adoptive parents waiting with open arms. But those arguments doesn’t consider one giant, heartbreaking sector of the population who are being given the short end of the stick in about a million ways: children who are born to addicts of meth and other drugs, who are difficult to adopt, who are born with a landslide of problems, who, too often, are left in the care of unfit parents, and who are anything but inexpensive. More »

Tony Bennett Says Legalizing Drugs Could Prevent Deaths Like Whitney Houston’s; Prescription Drugs Aren’t Safer

Tony Bennett Says Legalizing Drugs Could Prevent Deaths Like Whitney Houston's; Prescription Drugs Aren't Safer

Whitney Houston‘s death weighed on the Clive Davis Pre-Grammys Show on Saturday night, where she was scheduled to perform. Producers decided that the show must go on, but performers, including Tony Bennett, grappled with the news of her death on stage. Many honored the late singer, but Bennett took it a step further, urging for the legalization of drugs, which he implied might prevent tragedies like Houston’s early passing. But as more evidence comes out about Houston’s death, it seems that it was likely caused by legal prescription drugs. So while Bennett’s suggestion may not have prevented her death, we do need a better solution. More »

Internet Makes Your Brain Act Like Its On Drugs; We’d Rather Get Drunk

Internet Makes Your Brain Act Like Its On Drugs; We'd Rather Get Drunk

In news that makes us think about how much time we actually spend on the Internet, researchers now say our inability to log off could be due to Internet addiction (not because we tell ourselves that we just have to see if so-and-so responds to our Facebook post or if we can get to the next level of whatever mind-numbing game we are playing).

This so-called addiction is very real according to a new study that says it creates changes in our brains similar to the effect of drugs and alcohol. Am I the only one who thinks that gaming is lame? If you want to get high, why not just go out and party, right? (In moderation, of course.) More »

Prescription Addiction: How A Neck Injury Made One Man’s Baby Hooked On Methadone

Prescription Addiction: How A Neck Injury Made One Man's Baby Hooked On Methadone

Prescription drug addiction has been all over the news recently, with reports that overdose deaths have reached epidemic levels, and more newborn babies than ever are being born with painkiller addiction. But too many assume that these stats apply only to delinquent drug abusers who find loopholes in the medical system in order to get their kicks. Not so. Last week, we told the story of Karly Long, a 29-year-old who died of an overdose after becoming addicted to prescription drugs in the course of treating her mental illness. And yesterday, Business Insider published the shocking story of Bernie Mullen, a man who was injured in a crane accident and became addicted to painkillers—resulting, years later, in his own daughter being born with her own addiction, too. More »

Real Talk: How Hard Is It To Get And Abuse Prescription Drugs?

Real Talk: How Hard Is It To Get And Abuse Prescription Drugs?

It seems like it should be difficult to get and abuse prescription drugs, but judging by some of this month’s top stories—Dr. Conrad Murray‘s guilty verdict in the Michael Jackson death trials; Kim Richards‘ recent revelation that her prescriptions are making her seem drunk; new studies documenting the epidemic of death by prescription painkiller overdose—it’s not. For all the debate over legalization of pot, we seem to have bigger fish to fry: Legal, doctor-prescribed drugs. More »