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Dr. Howard Samuels is a licensed psychotherapist. He is one of the nation’s leading drug and alcohol experts. As the founder of The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, he has been working in the addiction field for over twenty years. He is a recovering cocaine and heroin addict who has been sober for 28 years.

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Why Are We Laughing at Rob Ford?

(26) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:37 AM

On Feb. 20, 2007, American audiences were still doubled over with laughter over Britney Spears' infamous breakdown when talk show host Craig Ferguson took to the airwaves and announced he would not be participating in the televised lynching of the pop star. "We shouldn't be attacking vulnerable people," he stated...

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A Thousand Points of Light: A Tale of Addiction in America

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:15 AM

When he discovered he'd been elected president at the 1988 Republican National Convention, George Bush delivered an acceptance speech where he likened America's clubs and volunteer organizations to, "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." Never one to waste...

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6 Spiritual Tips for Staying Sane Through the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:30 PM

1. REASON FOR THE SEASON -- Holidays are about giving and giving back, which is the cornerstone of every thriving belief system. Giving begins with me remembering my first Christmas home for the holidays; I had been in rehab for a year and came home penniless with no gifts....

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Hell for the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:00 PM

There's an old adage that says that Religion is for people who are afraid of going to Hell, but Spirituality is for people who've already Been There. Having survived a crippling drug addiction (I remain, to this day, a recovering drug addict with over 29 years clean and sober), I'm...

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12 Spiritual Principles to Live By

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 7:26 AM

Life is hard. It doesn't matter if you're living in a huge mansion or standing in line at a soup kitchen, the truth of the matter is not many of us are given the tools while growing up to cope with the many stressors in our lives. But there are...

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Legally Blind: Why I'm Against Legalizing Marijuana

(105) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:09 PM

The most incendiary issue I've been dealing with here in Los Angeles (where I live) has been the whole "Legalization of Marijuana" debate. Both sides are very passionate about changing the law, and both sides have good arguments for effecting this change, but no one seems to want to do...

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The 'Disease of More'

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 10:36 AM

In my practice as a licensed therapist treating mood and addictive disorders, I see many people who are very successful. I often see patients who have absolutely everything: fame, money, family, career. Yet it's almost as if they become spiritually polluted. The parties are everywhere, the money is flowing, they...

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More Than a Feeling: How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem With Addiction

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 4:36 PM

One of my favorite photos of myself is a photograph taken on Christmas morning when I was still a child, and in it, I am beaming at the camera, smiling from ear to ear, clutching a large stuffed animal (with whom I would become inseparable for at least a year),...

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The Value of Intervention

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:14 PM

The Bible tells us that money is the root of all evil, and while that may not be true for everyone, it was certainly true for me. Now, let me tell you why.

My intervention was an horrific experience for me. I'd been drinking and drugging for years....

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The American Scream: Women and Painkillers

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 2:37 PM

My youngest daughter is 6 years old. She's an energetic, precociously intelligent kid who still runs into my arms when I enter a room, and I love her as much as the day is long. Which is why I was alarmed when, after giving me a ferocious hug one morning,...

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8 Ways to Prevent Relapse

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 6:49 PM

In many 12-step programs, there is an adage, "Relapse may be part of my story, but it doesn't need to be part of my recovery." And it sounds great on paper. The truth is, there are many men and women who get clean and sober and stay clean and sober...

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Addiction: Everybody Has a Beast

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:24 PM

One of my most powerful memories is of my sister crying.

Now, it's important for me to tell you that I come from a very large family, and that over the course of our lives, I'd seen my sister cry many, many times. When you're all living under the same...

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8 Steps to Intervention: What to Do When Your Child Is Using Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:27 PM

The French have a saying, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," which roughly translates to "The more things Change, the more they remain the Same." And, I think that's true for addiction. The 21st century has introduced us to a whole new slew of threats on the addiction...

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Elizabeth Taylor Found Being of Service Her Drug of Choice

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 5:05 PM

Elizabeth Taylor almost always seemed to have it all -- wealth, privilege, glamor, super-stardom and a lot of men chasing after her. She was also an alcoholic, drug and food addict.

Behind those violet eyes there was a beast of self-destruction that no amount of money or fame could tame....

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Our Addicted Nation Needs to Talk Solutions, Not Blame

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2011 | 4:55 AM

Among all the crimes committed, a mother killing her children is the most heinous of all.

A suburban soccer mom spirals out of control and in a fit of rage allegedly murders her two teenage children, shooting them in the head. A cache of prescription pills found at her home....

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Why Salvia Should Be Taken Seriously as a Dangerous Drug

(93) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 9:30 AM

As families come together during the holidays it's as good a time as any to talk to our kids about alcohol and drug abuse. We as parents have a responsibility to educate our children that there is no such thing as recreational drug use and that getting drunk and loaded...

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Legally Loaded: Marijuana Today -- Cocaine and Heroin Tomorrow?

(34) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 1:14 PM

As a father of three children -- Cooper 9, Greer 6, and Chase 3 -- I'm faced with the dilemma of discussing with them how marijuana is as safe as aspirin when they turn 18 years old. If Proposition 19 passes, the state of California is...

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Parental Warning: You May Be Enabling Your Kids' Addictions Without Realizing It

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 9:12 PM

With the arrival of the new school year, a lot of parents may be thinking, "Oh, good, the kids are off the streets, out of our hair and safe in school." Well, if you are hearing what I hear all day from your children about how easily they score drugs...

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Prison vs. Rehab: What Really Works

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 2:46 PM

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...

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

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 12:58 PM

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...

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