Topic: alcohol addiction

Mary Richardson Kennedy Commits Suicide, Highlighting Dangers Of Depression And Addiction

Mary Richardson Kennedy Commits Suicide, Highlighting Dangers Of Depression And Addiction

It was a shock to learn that yesterday’s tragic death of Mary Richardson Kennedy, the separated wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was due to suicide. While many of the details are still unclear and undisclosed, apparently the 52-year-old was found dead in her home in Westchester County, N.Y. after she had hanged herself. It’s disturbing, to say the least. And it makes us wonder if her drug and alcohol problems were to blame.
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Boozy Photos, Updates On Facebook May Indicate College Students With Drinking Problems

Boozy Photos, Updates On Facebook May Indicate College Students With Drinking Problems

Facebook: it’s great for connecting with old friends, secretly reassuring yourself that your ex is, still, in fact, a loser, and posting photos of your vacation so your grandmother doesn’t email you asking to see them. It may also, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, be the key to early intervention for college students who are potential problem drinkers. More »

Drug Addiction: How I Went From Addict to Sober Coach to A&E’s Relapse

Drug Addiction: How I Went From Addict to Sober Coach to A&E's Relapse

Do you know Seth Jaffe? I didn’t, but now I kind of do, which makes me lucky. Seth is a sober coach for drug addicts who appears on the A&E docu-reality show Relapse. A few weeks ago, I wrote a Blisstree post called 6 Reasons to Watch A&E’s Relapse Even If You’ve Never Met a Junkie, and in it I said some positive things about Seth regarding his sober coaching techniques and the very affecting presence he projects on the show. Seth saw my post and liked it. He found my email and contacted me. I was both surprised and thrilled: I knew I had a million questions for him about drug addiction and being a sober coach that I’d want to get answered for Blisstree readers. Also, I respect Seth, and it’s always fun to interview someone you hold in high regard. Being the good sport that he is, Seth agreed to answer my questions. (Okay, there are seven, not a million.) So prepare for some sober coach schooling, and then watch Relapse, because it’s fascinating, thought-provoking, and terrifying. More »

I’ll Never Smoke Pot Again, Because I Don’t Support Murder

I'll Never Smoke Pot Again, Because I Don't Support Murder

I don’t smoke pot. (It just makes me sleepy. Plus, I’m 35 weeks pregnant, so it’s probably not the best time to be taking up weed as a hobby.) But when it comes to marijuana, I’ve always adopted kind of a live-and-let-live mentality. Oh, I know full well that it’s illegal in all but 15 U.S. states, but like a lot of people I know (and Willie Nelson, who I don’t know), I don’t think pot should be illegal in any of them. I even know someone who knows someone who knows someone who’s related to someone who may be (or may not be ) a full-time, professional ganja dealer to rich people who like to have their drug of choice delivered to them directly and regularly in a civilized manner. And near where my husband and I own a weekend country home, there’s a really nice estate that everyone always knew housed a grassroots pot-growing establishment. (Of course, the people finally got busted and, needless to say, don’t live there anymore.) I know lots of people who smoke weed on occasion, but they don’t bother me and I don’t bother them. Frankly, I’ve never seen pot as being any more dangerous than alcohol. But it is as dangerous, and may actually be worse. More »

With Drug Addicts, Appearances Can Be Deceiving

With Drug Addicts, Appearances Can Be Deceiving

I think the thing that scared me the most about Kelly on last night’s episode of Relapse on A&E was that she looked so normal. Okay, well, maybe not normal, exactly. (Poor thing wears waaay too much makeup, tacky jewelry, and maybe applies too much self-tanner. Oh, and the color of her dyed blonde hair could electrically power a small city.) But to me, overall Kelly looked like a fit and healthy young woman who gets enough sleep and cares about her appearance. Turns out, she’s a serious meth addict who has already lost custody of her young daughter and is facing a year in jail. More »

I Live With Addiction: No Alcohol, But Tons of Temptation

I Live With Addiction: No Alcohol, But Tons of Temptation

I know people who never think about having another drink once they’ve given up booze. They hit their bottom line, came to their senses, and walked away from the stuff with little afterthought. They are not tempted.

I sure as hell wish I were one of them.

The truth is that for me, not drinking is still hard. Sure, it’s much easier than it was 22 years ago, when I white-knuckled it through every weekend on a campus of 20-year-olds whose favorite pastime was getting completely trashed. I’m pretty sure that staying sober throughout my four years of college will go down as one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life – an impressible feat that nurtured with me a source of self-esteem and self-confidence I didn’t know I had.

So, yes, it’s far easier today. But it’s not easy. More »

Accidental Addict: I Was Hooked On OxyContin at 24

Accidental Addict: I Was Hooked On OxyContin at 24

Prescription painkillers like OxyContin are a dime-a-dozen these days. They’re easy to get; they help take the edge off; and best of all, they’re legal. But if you think popping one for a fun time now and then isn’t a big deal, think again: You’re one step away from becoming a junkie.

When Colleen Miller was growing up, the life of junkie was the furthest thing from her mind. She was pretty, and came from a good, hard-working Irish Catholic family. She prided herself on her Gucci sunglasses and True Religion jeans, and although she sometimes drank with her friends, she never did drugs.

That all changed in April 2008, when Colleen picked up her first OxyContin pill. By December of that same year, she was a homeless heroin addict.

“You don’t want to admit it,” she says. “But heroin became my best friend.”

At first, Colleen stuck to Oxys. The pills were easy to get, and she loved the way they made her anxiety disappear, leaving her feeling energized and social. But soon, the Oxys weren’t getting her high anymore, and she was running out of money. Enter heroin, which was just as easy to get as Oxy – and a third of the price. More »

10 Health Issues the U.S. Government Wants You to Worry About In April

10 Health Issues the U.S. Government Wants You to Worry About In April

I have to admit that I’m skeptical of the whole concept of monthly national health observances from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Now, I’m not a total crank – I think it’s important for health organizations to organize and publicize their messaging, works, and research, but when every single month on the calendar is jam-packed with health issues and conditions that we’re supposed to learn about, care about, and/or donate to, the over-saturation point comes quickly – like donor fatigue after Christmastime. But it is spring and the start of a new month, and there’s nothing wrong with being informed. (Though, do you really have the time or brain space to be over-informed about issues that may not affect you? We don’t.) So, as I fight off health issue awareness fatigue, here are ten health conditions that we’re officially supposed to be aware of during April 2011, and why you may or may not need to spend the next almost 30 days caring about them: More »

The Unlikely Sex and Dating Adventures of a 39-Year-Old Divorcée

The Unlikely Sex and Dating Adventures of a 39-Year-Old Divorcée

Thank you, Grace Kelly, for making a night of erotic indulgences seem ladylike. I don’t have a Mark Cross bag in which to secret overnight essentials like Lisa Carol Fremont did in Rear Window, but a boxy Ferragamo works just as well. And, for those times when you don’t plan ahead, run like hell. Don’t do a walk of shame – rather, run to the nearest subway, bus, or train stop. Not out of actual shame, but because your makeup is half-eaten-off, and you really don’t need the entire worshiping congregation of the Baptist church near your latest conquest’s home to see you ambling crookedly down the street in four-inch heels, with bedhead and ripped stockings to boot.

After a very sexually-deprived marriage (how do you not have sex on your honeymoon?), and a subsequent clinical depression and various addictions to numb the pain of the void, it really was time to jump back into the dating game. And it is a game; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. When you’re 35 +, all those familiar dating rituals and crane dances are nonexistent. What you have at your disposal are other divorcées with baggage, young men, and very strange characters that don’t fit into any tidy category. I’ve run into all of them during the past few years. More »

Ambien Antics: Unconscious Adventures on Prescription Sleep Aids

Ambien Antics: Unconscious Adventures on Prescription Sleep Aids

When I published a recent Blisstree post called Drug Addiction: I Was an Ambien Junkie and Didn’t Know It, I didn’t get into specifics about how I acted when I was out of my head on the prescription sleep aid Ambien (other than acting asleep). This was mostly because, at the time, I didn’t actually remember how I acted when I was out of my head on Ambien. (Turns out, Ambien can erase memories like shaking an Etch A Sketch makes your painstaking on-screen drawings disappear. Who knew?) Of course, I’d also forgotten about these Ambien antics because they occurred almost a full decade ago. But now that I’ve taken some time to recall one of my finer Ambien-fueled moments in particular (perhaps “finer” isn’t the right word — how about: would-be-hilarious-if-it-weren’t-so-disturbing), I’m ready to overshare, as any respectable blogger should know how to do. More »

Morning Links: 17 St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Remedies

Morning Links: 17 St. Patrick's Day Hangover Remedies

Not So Happy Hour – The age at which you had your first drink may influence if and how you respond to stress with alcohol later on in life. (Vitamin G)

Drug Story – Before you start popping those prescription statins, ask your doc about these six cholesterol-lowering supplements. (Natural Health)

Green In the Face? – 17 hangover remedies for the morning after St. Patrick’s Day (or any other holiday) – though a few of these are about as healthy as getting drunk in the first place. (Shine) More »

Morning Links: “Organic” Medical Marijuana Is New Trend for Eco-Conscious

Morning Links: "Organic" Medical Marijuana Is New Trend for Eco-Conscious

Not So Anonymous – Do Charlie Sheen’s claims that AA only has a 5% success rate have any merit? (Los Angeles Times)

Climb Aboard – Join Blisstree in our “Take the Stairs In March” challenge to improve our health, the environment, and our butts – and win prizes. (Social Workout)

Is Your Weed Certified Organic? – How to be an eco-friendly pot smoker. (Mother Jones) More »