Archive for June, 2009

Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O’Neal and Redmond Share The Same Disease!

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by corecompany

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During an interview with Barbara Walters, an emotional Ryan O’Neal was asked about his son Redmond, who was absent from him mother Farrah Fawcett’s final moments due to being in jail on drug charges.  Cunning, baffling, and powerful is just the beginning with this.  Thick denial was in the air as O’Neal played the victim, claiming that he had no idea what went wrong with Redmond. Hmmm?  Allow me to comment and play arm chair diagnostician for a moment.

Redmond O’Neal: Born into a family of legendary addicts. Dad has long history of drugs and violence, at one point he knocked his own son’s teeth out and last year was arrested for firing a gun at his son (his defense was he was trying to scare Griffin who was swinging a fireplace poker at him). Older half-sister Tatum struggles with the addictive disease while the media looks on and judges. Older half-brother Griffin has his own struggles, including a manslaughter charge. Mom, a sex symbol, acts crazier than a shithouse rat on the Letterman show.

 Unfortunately Redmond stood little chance of avoiding an addiction.  He has the genetics (the gun is loaded) and an environment that supports (encourages) addiction. Ryan O’Neal states he is “Mad at Redmond”, for this. Twisted, sanctimonious horseshit Ryan. He was arrested on meth charges, not with other out of control kids but with his own father.  Here is what I have to say about Redmond.

“Sadly Redmond continues to suffer from chemical use disorder, a genetic disease that many of his family members suffer from. To date, treatment attempts have not stabilized the disease. The family will continue to support Redmond in seeking help and continued efforts to battle this deadly disease”

 Why is Farrah’s battle with cancer ‘courageous” and Redmond’s battle with addiction something his addict father is mad at him about? Lucy, ‘splain!

Michael Jackson Dies of Addictive Disease!

Posted in Current Events on June 26, 2009 by corecompany

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When is it time to intervene on a loved one is abusing drugs? A question that follows many families in America. Clearly the Jackson’s must have had this conversation numerous times regarding son, Michael. If they had come to me, I would have said “well, don’t wait until he displays bizarre behavior like carrying around a chimp or inviting children over for sleepovers. I often wondered about Michael as he declined into addiction-fueled mental illness. Did nobody ever think to say, “He has a chimp”?

            We can only speculate as to the extent of his addictive disease. It was referred to throughout his weird life. Sometimes it was mentioned after a plastic surgery.  What I guess is that he was severely addicted to numerous substances and eventually, his heart just gave out. It’s not an uncommon story, it happens daily. Maybe it was cumulative over the years, maybe it was an overdose.

            One thing is almost certain, we won’t be reading any press that says: “Chimp enthusiast, Kind of pop dies of addictive disease”. Already, the Internet is stating “cardiac arrest”.

            Addiction is still the dark secret, it may seem like a small thing but someday we may read the cause of death was addictive disease and someday we may have as much sympathy for that as we do for other fatal illnesses.

NCAA Drug Policy Needs an Overhaul!

Posted in Education with tags , , , on June 24, 2009 by corecompany

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             There are few certainties when dealing with chemical misuse but one of them is that treatment works better than punishment. Part of the diagnostic criteria is that the individual is willing to use in spite of negative consequences (like punishment).

            In Section 18.4.1.5.1 4 (yes, that’s what it says) the NCAA drug policy states that if a student athlete (a questionable label in and of itself) tests positive for a street drug a second time they will lose all remaining eligibility. So in other words, “we will threaten and punish you” two things that almost never work with chemical abuse. Additionally, what is done with these “bad” kids who would use street drugs? Not much, I surmise. What University can claim a mental health professional as a member of the staff? Not one across campus in an over extended counseling office but one integrated into the daily lives of young people? None that I know.

            As an additional weirdness, only the rifle sports ban alcohol. That is good policy: “give a kid a gun; don’t let them get drunk”.  What the NCAA is saying is: go ahead and use the most damaging drug, the one that financially supports us.

            I agree that being drug free is a good idea for athletes; I think it’s a good idea for everyone, but why is a very dangerous psycho reactive drug (Etoh, demon alcohol) not banned with the rest of them? Additionally, why is there not a proactive plan to engage athletes before the damage is done? And why, oh why, is there not treatment for the young people who fall into a very easy trap?

            The NCAA is a very important system to have sensible, realistic policy. At some point in their lives many young people aspire to be accomplished athletes so a system like the NCAA is an important communicator whether they realize it or not or feel they have a responsibility to the issue is another question.

Radio Interview Today

Posted in Current Events with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2009 by corecompany

I’ll be interviewed on the Harris Stratyner show on WFAS 1230 AM on June 13th at 11am, “Here is to your good health.”   Listen on your computer www.wfasam.com  from 11:05 to 11:30.

Is Gil Kerlikowske The Alcoholic Parent??

Posted in Drug Reform with tags , , , on June 7, 2009 by corecompany

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Yesterday the White House office of National Drug Control Policy released a 65-page document outlining strategy for US/Mexican border control policy. Previously, Gil Kerlikowske called for an end to the “war on drugs”.  This new document calls for better “technology and intelligence”. I thought the war was over? Who ends a war by increasing paramilitary tactics and modernizing them?

            I really hope this isn’t what it seems. What it seems like is a slick shuck and jive. I am imagining some kind of staff meeting where they said “Throw the reformers a bone and then keep the paramilitary industry happy”.  Is Gil the alcoholic parent? Is he full of false promises, raising hope and then pulling the rug?

            The house approved $820 Million, The Senate $666 million to fight the border violence. Great. Deeper in the hole. Spending more money rather than creating value and taxing an industry that already exists.

            At any level of treating chemical dependency, there has to be a willingness to change. At the moment, the US is still the dysfunctional family, talking about change, sounding good, and acting in the same way they always have. Expect the same bloodbath we’ve had for years. Maybe it will be a more sophisticated bloodbath. Why is this so difficult? What is so terrible about people wanting to get high?

What Do Pamela Anderson and Chris Kennedy Lawford Have in Common?

Posted in Book Party, Loft with tags , , , , on June 2, 2009 by corecompany

Both have Hepatitis C!  Chris will be launching his new book about hep C at Loft 107 tonight: http://www.nypost.com/seven/06012009/gossip/pagesix/pamela_anderson_not_only_star_cured_of_h_171984.htm

$486 Billion Dollars for Rehab?

Posted in Drug Reform with tags , , , on June 1, 2009 by corecompany

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 In a storywritten by Erik Eckholm in the New York Times, government spending related to smoking and abuse of alcohol and other drugs hit  $486 billion, yes, with a B, billion. Most of the money seems to be spent on medical costs associated with overdoses, lung cancer, cirrhosis as well as law enforcement and our old friend, incarceration. A bit over 2% (awww, isn’t that a cute little percentage?) was spent on prevention, treatment, and addiction research. In other words 98% spent on futility, 2% spent on what works better.

            This insanity speaks for itself. Joe Califano, chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse at Columbia University says “this is such a stunning misallocation of funds”. How is this rationalized? How could this be?  What’s known about addiction is very little, but what is known is that it costs huge amounts of money not to mention the emotional toll it takes on families.  What does this mean exactly? I am not sure since I have a limited understanding of  economics. I do however know that having worked in grimy clinics (MASH units in the War on Drugs) the resources are extremely limited, staff overworked and irritable, and kicking and swearing at the outdated copy machine was common place. Does the DEA have an old copier that never works? I suspect not.