“My name is Marshall, and I’m an addict.”
In the Matthew Cooke directed documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, the “Lose Yourself” rapper reveals how caught up he got into an addiction that nearly cost him his life.
“When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of ‘ahh.’ Like everything was not only mellow, but didn’t feel any pain,” Eminem revealed. “It just kind of numbed things…People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say, ‘Get that f***kin’ person outta here. I can’t believe they said that sh** to me.’ They knew nothing about my f***kin’ life. Are they out of their f***in’ mind? I’m not out there shooting heroin. I’m not f***ing out there putting coke up my nose. I’m not smoking crack.”
Eventually, drug use spiraled out of control, and he overdosed.
“Had I have got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” admits the rapper. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
Most people know, from listening to his music, that Eminem suffered from a drug addiction and is now in recovery. We heard bits and pieces of it in his albums Relapse and the one following that, Recovery.
Eminem has rarely spoken about his addiction to prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Ambien, and Valium, over the years. His group-mate Proof from D12 stated that Mathers “sobered up” in 2002 from drug and alcohol dependence. However, he did turn to Ambien sleeping pills for relief from sleeping troubles. This caused Mathers to cancel the European leg of the Anger Management Tour in August 2005 and eventually go into rehab for treatment for a “dependency on sleep medication”.
In a 2009 interview with British talk-show host Jonathan Ross, Mathers admitted that at the height of his addiction, he considered suicide, saying that, “I just wasn’t taking care of myself, at times I wanted to just give it up.”
He also confirmed that he is now sober, commenting that, “Rap was my drug … Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel that. Now rap’s getting me high again.”
Back in 2009 Eminem began opening up about his addiction to Vicodin. He started by talking about his first stay in rehab in 2005 and how shortly afterwards he overdosed on unidentified blue pills which his doctor later told him were methadone.
Shortly after detoxing, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery, but because of his drug abuse, he was not prescribed pain killers. “I started looking around my house to see if I had a stash box of Vicodin … I’m ransacking my house, finally find something in the basement, in a little napkin, seven and a half Vicodin – the big extra strength ones – and a few Valium.”
Relapse and Recovery
With his pill addiction spiraling out of control again, Eminem suffered his second relapse before accepting he was an addict.
But once he did things really started looking up from there. Eminem even managed to find out that drug addiction runs in his family and could finally understand why his mother was the way she was. “It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family. Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it,” he says.
This was all shortly before his album Relapse was released. And at that time which was May, 2009 Eminem had said he had a year sober and was back. Well since then he has released the album we all know entitled Recovery and would have over 4 years clean.
“How To Make Money Selling Drugs” is now playing in select theaters. The compelling documentary features interviews with Woody Harrelson, The Wire producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, 50 Cent, and Russell Simmons.
If you or someone you love needs treatment for drug addiction, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.
We don’t always hear about celebrities’ struggles but they do and it is the exact same things that we all struggle with. Self-harm is an issue that doesn’t usually get a lot of press in comparison to driving drunk or sex tapes but there are many celebrities who self-harm. Cutting and self-harm usually covers up an underlying emotional or psychological problem. Many people who self-harm suffer from anxiety, depression, or a previous trauma. Often, the self-harm is used to cope with negative feelings and emotions.
Here are some of the celebrities who self-harm:
Fiona Apple was a famous singer and songwriter and is probably one of the most famous celebrity self-harmers. When Fiona read her first bad review she began scratching her wrist with her fingernails. She scratched all the way up her arm and there are still some dark patches on her wrists, where she dug the deepest. Fiona says, “I have a little bit of a problem with that. It’s a common thing.” Fiona Apple was a famous singer in the 90s and has dropped out of the spotlight since that time.
Drew Barrymore is one of the most iconic actresses of our generation and she got her start into acting and self-harm after her role in E.T. She first got drunk at age nine, smoked marijuana at age ten, and snorted cocaine at age twelve. She tried to commit suicide at age thirteen by slashing her wrists with a butcher knife. After that all-time low she entered rehab, not for the first time, but that stay was successful.
Johnny Depp has a series of scars on one arm where he has cut himself with a knife on different occasions. He says, “It was really just whatever [times when he hurt himself]–good times, bad times, it didn’t matter. There was no ceremony. It wasn’t like ‘Okay, this just happened, I have to go hack a piece of my flesh off.'” Johnny explains his self-harm, “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.”
Angelina Jolie self-harmed when she was younger. She explains, “You’re young, you’re crazy, you’re in bed and you’ve got knives. So shit happens.” She no longer self-harms.
Princess Diana of Wales
Princess Diana died in August of 1997 but had quite the life before that and it involved self-harm. In a 1995 BBC television interview Diana revealed to the world that she was a self-harmer. She said that she had cut her arms and legs, explaining, “You have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help.” “Diana: Her True Story,” a biography written on the princess said that Diana had thrown herself into a glass cabinet at Kensington palace at various times, slashed her wrists with a razor, and cut herself with the serrated edge of a lemon slicer.
Some other celebrities who self-harm include:
Megan Fox, Marilyn Manson, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Russell Brand and quite recently there has been pictures of Miley Cyrus with cuts. The list of celebrities who self-harm or self-harmed in their youth and past could go on and on.
Miley Cyrus and Self-Harm
Speculation that Miley Cyrus is a self-harmer has followed the starlet for quite some time, as she’s been spotted out on numerous occasions in the past sporting what look to be a series of scars above her left wrist and up the arm.
Self-harm is something that affects people everywhere and there is help available for it.
If you or someone you love is cutting or engaging in self-harm, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.
Can I force my child to get drug treatment is the question many parents ask when their loved one that is abusing drugs is absolutely refusing and unwilling to seek help for themselves. It is scary to have a child that is using drugs and drinking dangerously and won’t help themselves. A parent feels as if it is their job to protect their children from pretty much everything. So what can you do as a parent if you have a child who is bad off on drugs and alcohol and won’t go to rehab? Luckily, there are things in place for just this scenario and you can force rehab if it is absolutely necessary. The hope, to force rehab is that the person once they get to rehab would give it a try.
Force rehab with an intervention:
If your child refuses to go to rehab and you must force rehab then staging an intervention may be a way to make that person understand that people care and that their behavior is hurting themselves and the other people around them that they love. Conveniently enough there are people who specialize in helping you stage an intervention with your child to force rehab. It is not recommended that you try to force rehab with an intervention on your own. An intervention is usually a surprise to the person and themore people who are close to that person who can tell him or her how they feel about their drug use and drinking the better because the more it can force rehab with that person. The goal is to show the person how much you care and that they need to get help through a rehab facility.
Force rehab with the Baker act:
If a person is over eighteen that is when the Baker Act would want to be used. If the person you are trying to force rehab with was under eighteen you could simply make them go. Unfortunately if they are over 18 they have a say in the matter and that’s where the Baker Act comes in. The Baker Act or the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, allows for involuntary examination (what some call emergency or involuntary commitment). It can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person:
- Has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act)
- Is a harm to self, harm to others, or self-neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act)
Force rehab with the Marchman Act:
The Marchman Act is somewhat similar to the Baker Act (involuntary commitment) and is especially helpful for those individuals who are over the age of 18 and don’t want to seek out help through a rehab on their own. Forcing rehab with the Marchman Act allows you to put an individual in rehab for up to 48 hours without any mental illness or other issues and the hold is usually released after the 48 hours is up unless the person asks for help themselves at that time. Each state has varying laws when it comes to the Marchman Act so if you want to use this to force rehab check out your state’s laws.
If you want to force rehab realize that it may be unrealistic to expect your child to get well. Most addicts and alcoholics have to want help in order to get sober and stay sober. There are many instances though where parents force rehab and the child goes on to live a happy and fulfilling life. In fact if the parents hadn’t forced rehab they may not even be alive today. So if you feel it is necessary never hesitate to force rehab it could save your loved one’s life.
For more information on how to stage an intervention or how to use the Florida Baker Act or Marchman Act to force your loved one to get drug treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials on Wednesday announced the results of the “largest-ever” synthetic drug takedown, a bust that included suspects in 35 states and five countries. Agents working in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies served more than 150 arrest warrants. More than 770 pounds of synthetic drugs have been seized in the last three days, the DEA said. It’s become increasingly common, in recent years, for young people to search for legal ways to get high. Manufacturers of synthetic, “legal” drugs like spice and bath salts are raking in the cash by responding to that demand, and law enforcement officials are struggling to respond to the flood of legal drugs on the market. The problem is that these so-called legal drugs can be highly dangerous, and young people around the country are being hospitalized for bad reactions to these “legal” highs. Wednesday also happened to be the same day a UN report was released which highlighted the growing problem with designer drugs. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said, “This is an alarming drug problem – but the drugs are legal,” it said. “Sold openly, including via the Internet, NPS (new psychoactive substances), which have not been tested for safety, can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs.” Names including “spice”, “meow-meow” and “bath salts” mislead young people into believing they are indulging in low-risk fun, UNODC said. However, “the adverse effects and addictive potential of most of these uncontrolled substances are at best poorly understood”, the agency said in an annual survey. Here are the some of the most popular legal ways to get high: 1. “Spice”- Legal pot or synthetic marijuana is known as Spice, K2, Genie Silver and Yucatan Fire. It is sold as “incense” and labeled “not for human consumption.” These herbal mixtures are infused with chemicals that activate the same receptors as marijuana. The side effects, however, are much more drastic. Smoking legal pot can produce a strong high as well as psychosis, rapid heartbeat, seizures, and even death. The American Association of Poison Control has observed over a 50% increase in calls related to legal pot this year compared to last. 2. “Bath Salts”- Bath salts are sold legally online and in drug paraphernalia stores under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “White Lightning,” “Scarface,” and “Hurricane Charlie.” Because formulations of bath salts change so often in an attempt to keep ahead of laws prohibiting their manufacture, very little is known about the chemical makeup of the drug. What we do know is that bath salts contain synthetic stimulant drugs of the amphetamine and cathinone classes, such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV), mephedrone and pyrovalerone. Many bath salt users compare their effects to methamphetamine. These drugs are typically administered orally, by insufflation, by inhalation, or by injection, with the worst outcomes apparently associated with snorting or intravenous administration. Law enforcement officials are alarmed at the effects of these drugs, which have been known to cause paranoia and intense hallucinations. Emergency room personnel report that patients who have ingested bath salts are so highly agitated and violent that they sometimes require a whole medical team to restrain them. Sometimes even powerful sedatives are not sufficient in calming these people down. Bath started turning up regularly in the United States last year and have proliferated in recent months, alarming doctors, who say they have unusually dangerous and long-lasting effects. 3. “Meow-meow”- “Meow meow” and “MCAT” are street names for the drug mephedrone. Mephedrone is a drug that is of the amphetamine and cathione classes. Its effects are similar to cocaine, amphetamine, and MDMA. The effects come on in a head rush and it can make you feel nauseous. Generally, the effects of one dose last about 2-3 hours. Common side effects include a racing heart, paranoia, and intense hallucinations. Teeth grinding is also very common. Mephedrone comes in the form of tablets or powder which can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected. Almost nothing is known about the long-term effects of these designer drugs. The lethal dose is unknown, and there is no information regarding the potential neurotoxicity of designer drug use. However, based on the studies that have been performed on similar substances, scientists say that it is highly likely that designer drugs have neurotoxic effects. If you or someone you love is using designer drugs, please give us a call at 800-951-6135 Sources: http://news.yahoo.com/lure-variety-designer-drugs-alarming-u-n-agency-081328328.html http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/27/19168766-feds-launch-biggest-crackdown-on-designer-drugs?lite
Going to rehab Delray Beach may end up saving a drug addict or alcoholic’s life if they want to go. There are so many reasons to go to rehab in Delray Beach aside from the fact that it may be life-saving though. Rehab in Delray Beach is unique compared to any other rehab across the country. For someone who needs good reasons to go to a rehab in Delray Beach let me tell you a few of them; seeing as how I came to rehab in Delray Beach and can say it saved (changed) my life.
5. Delray Beach is the recovery capital of the United States and quite possible of the world.
One of the biggest reasons to go to rehab in Delray Beach is the community surrounding it. There are so many people who are in recovery within the small little city of Delray Beach and this makes for a great rehab experience. Many people who go to rehab in Delray Beach stick around just because of the amazing community down here, in fact it is one of the reasons I did. After your stint in rehab is over you will have the community in Delray Beach waiting for you and holding their hand out to help you.
4. Excellent rehab facilities
Because Delray Beach is recovery capital there is a lot of competition between rehabs here. There are so many rehabs in Delray Beach. Because of this every rehab in Delray Beach has to up the quality of their program. This means you have a large selection of amazing rehabs in Delray Beach.
3. The rehabs in Delray Beach have a unique and wonderful staff
The majority of people who end up working at the rehabs in Delray Beach have been to rehab themselves. That’s because there are so many of us down here in Delray Beach that are now sober and there are so many rehabs offering jobs to those of us with good recovery and some clean time. This means that when you go to rehab in Delray Beach; the staff is more than qualified and will treat you like a human being; they know how it feels to be exactly where you are right now.
2. Good halfway houses to choose from after rehab in Delray Beach
Everything that is great about rehab in Delray Beach ties into everything else. Because there are so many rehabs in Delray Beach there are also amazing aftercare opportunities too. For instance, there are many quality sober living homes all around the area that can help with the next steps into transitioning back to the real world after your time in rehab in Delray Beach is over. Not just that but you will get to meet that amazing community in Delray Beach we were talking about.
1. It can save your life if you go to rehab in Delray Beach
If for any other reason other than the ones we have already mentioned go to rehab in Delray Beach to give yourself a shot at life. If you are on the fence about going to rehab in Delray Beach just remember that where you are now you probably have zero chance of anything getting better. Going to rehab in Delray Beach will at least give you a shot at having the life you truly dream for yourself. And when it comes down to it any rehab will do but rehab in Delray Beach truly is something special.
If you or someone you love is looking for rehab in Delray Beach, please give us a call at 800-951-6135