Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.
We were all kids at one time who had big dreams. None of us grew up thinking it would be fun to struggle with addiction. But the thing is, you don't see it coming. And by the time you do it's usually too late.
I spent a lot of time interviewing ex-cons for my latest book, Miss Brenda and The Loveladies. These women -- former drug dealers, prostitutes, addicts and even an attempted murderers -- are people I would have run away from, if I had met them a few years earlier.
I just recently joined other reality TV stars from both current and past reality shows to talk to students at USC about what reality TV is truly all a...
I believed that unless I had an open-door policy, eventually no one would come knocking and I would be rendered lonely and isolated. I can laugh at that now, but back then, my "savior behavior" that had me believing that I needed to be spontaneously available to provide whatever was asked of me, as an insurance policy against abandonment.
There's no need to adopt a "no solution" mentality when it comes to addiction. What if, instead, everything begins and ends with the power of love to heal and transform? I think it does.
The truth was that I was often so disconnected from others that I needed a substance between myself and the world so we could have something in common.
It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of ...
Technological advancement is considered human advancement, but somewhere along the line, we have become sloppy about keeping up with the very things that make us human. How can anything compare to the words I say as I look into the eyes of someone important to me?
There is always the potential of having too much sex or falling into the proverbial "dark hole," where obsession takes over and you lose yourself in your quest to satisfy that overwhelming need for sexual gratification, similar to any drug or alcohol addiction.
For the people out there who do not understand addiction from a clinical standpoint and for those who have never been addicted to anything and who do not suffer either mildly or severely from a mental disorder, please take a step back and reflect. Relapse cannot be broken down so simply as a choice.
If our elected officials really cared about reducing drug use and sending the right message to youth, they would abandon our failed experiment with prohibition -- and decriminalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is a big step in the right direction.
The temptation is to try to explain it in scientific terms. We want to understand the mystery of a man's demise, particularly a man who had achieved ...
We have a serious money addiction problem in our society, and despite how insidious this addiction can be, we not only fail to recognize it as an addiction -- we actively encourage it.
The heroin epidemic is dangerous, startling, and tragic. But it is far from hopeless. The solutions are in front of us, and research continues to provide more answers every day. We must be as focused and driven as the addicted brain: Implement the solutions. Now.
Since getting my ICD implanted, I've been shocked three times. At first, I ignored what the doctors said and kept exercising, convinced they had misdiagnosed me and that this would all go away; everything would be like it used to.